• Northern Trust Open, Round Three

Donald fading in Haas' wake

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Luke Donald got his customary birdie at the first hole but played a poor front nine © Getty Images
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Luke Donald's hunt for a sixth PGA Tour win at the Northern Trust Open was dented by a hazardous front nine which meant he could only card a one-under 70.

The Englishman's third round was his worst of the competition and he dropped shots at the second, fourth and seventh holes before resuscitating his round.

A particular highlight of the recovery was a stunning approach shot from behind a tree at the 13th.

Donald is eight-under overall, good enough for tied fifth place with Fredrik Jacobson and the pair are four shots behind leader Bill Haas.

Defending champions Haas shot an excellent round of seven-under, which featured an eagle at the tenth hole and five birdies.

He has now not bogeyed a hole at the Riviera Country Club in 49 holes and has a three-shot lead over the second-placed trio of Webb Simpson, Charl Schwartzel and John Merrick.

The overnight leader Sang-Moon Bae from South Korea sunk without trace on the leaderboard as he shot a round of five over.

Sergio Garcia went round in two-under but any final-day designs on victory he has will be tempered by his six-shot deficit.

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