Valspar Championship: Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald in the fight

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Paul Casey tries to defend the Valspar ChampionshipValspar Championship third-round standings (US unless otherwise stated) -9: P Casey (Eng); -8: D Johnson; -7: J Kokrak; – 6: L Donald (Eng), S Stallings Selected others: – 5: L Oosthuizen (SA), J Furyk; -3: R Knox (Sco)

The Englishman Paul Casey takes a one-shot lead over world number one Dustin Johnson in the final round as he recommends defending the Valspar championship.

Casey, 41, scored a three-sub-par 68 in his third round on the Florida course despite a final hole bogey.

The knocked-down shot was punished when Johnson escaped from a fairway to birder the latter and reach eight below.

American Jason Kokrak's gap in one in 15th helped him to be third in seven, a shot ahead of Luke Donald.

Donald of England has only made 10 starts in two seasons due to a relapse complaint, but he made a bird on the last hole to end one for that day and remains intact.

The former number one world has not won on the PGA or European Tour since 2012, while Casey has not won since he finished more than three years without a win on this tournament in 2018.

Elsewh Earlier on the field, Louis Oosthuizen in South Africa came into action by reaching five players for the tournament after sharing the lowest round of the day with Kokrak on 66.

Casey played a final round of six under par to win the tournament by a shot from Tiger Woods in 2018; there are currently 19 players within six strokes from his figure of nine under going to the final round of Sunday.

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