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Baddeley in contention on US PGA Tour

Aaron Baddeley is within reach of a fifth career US PGA Tour title as he capitalises once again on the absence of golf's big guns.

The 38-year-old Australian is tied third, two shots behind leader Graeme McDowell going into the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

Chasing his first win since 2016, Baddeley shot a four-under-par 68 third round to get to 13 under and set up a final-day title tilt while the tour's leading players are away at the WGC-Match Play in Texas.

Although he is ranked world No.207, Baddeley has enjoyed some good form at times this season, including a tie for second in Puerto Rico last month when the world's best were at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

However, Northern Ireland's McDowell looms as a huge final day hurdle for Baddeley after one-putting the first 15 greens on Saturday to shoot a second consecutive 64 .

The 39-year-old 2010 US Open champion leads by one shot from American Chris Stroud (64) while Baddeley is tied third with South Korea's Sungjae Im (69) and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes (66).

McDowell is also winless since 2016 but is feeling good on the Paspalum greens this week.

"Something small's kind of clicked, something I used to do really well years ago," said McDowell.

"I became not so good at it and I've tried, I've been practising.

"Just before I take the putter head away, just a little bit of an outbreath to relax," McDowell said.

"It's something I used to do very well way back when and it's amazing how you instinctively get good at things and then you stop being good at things as well.

"It's helping me relax and it's helping me just stand there and hit nice putts."

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