Ogilvy Wetterich Share Honda Lead

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2005 Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Geoff Ogilvy posted an 8-under 64 on Saturday to vault into a share of the lead after the third round of The Honda Classic. Ogilvy, who earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour last month in Tucson, was joined atop the leaderboard by 36-hole leader Brett Wetterich at 12-under-par 204.
 
Lee Janzen had a piece of the lead with one hole to play on the Sunrise Course at Mirasol but the two-time U.S. Open champion bogeyed the 18th for a 72 to finish alongside Pat Perez at 11-under-par 205. Joe Ogilvie followed at 10- under-par 206.
 
Brett Wetterich
Brett Wetterich could only manage an even-par 72, but still shares the lead.
Ogilvy was eight shots behind Wetterich to start the day and rocketed out of the gate with three birdies over his first four holes. He added a birdie at the par-5 sixth but gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-3 eighth.
 
The Australian countered with a birdie at the ninth and made it two in a row with a birdie at the par-4 10th. Ogilvy then birdied the par-5 12th to reach 10 under.
 
He kept on cruising with a birdie at the par-5 17th and landed his approach within 8 feet of the hole for a birdie at the closing hole.
 
'I didn't really do anything wrong, I guess,' said Ogilvy. 'I hit the ball really well.'
 
Wetterich, whose best career finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for eighth at this event in 2002, kept his bogey-free streak going with three consecutive pars from the first. He then jumped to 14 under with back-to-back birdies starting at the fourth but stumbled to his first dropped shot of the tournament at the par-5 sixth.
 
The 31-year-old played his second shot to 7 feet for a birdie at the ninth but he found trouble on the inward half with a bogey at the 10th.
 
'The day started off pretty good,' said Wetterich. 'Then I made the turn and it was a totally different ballgame.'
 
Wetterich then missed the green en route to a bogey at the par-3 11th and had a bad bounce in a hazard for a bogey at the par-3 15th.
 
Wetterich responded at the par-5 17th and ran his second shot from the rough into a green-side bunker. He got up and down for a birdie and parred his remaining hole for a round of 72.
 
'I thought I hung in there really well today,' Wetterich said. 'I made a few mistakes mentally, maybe a bad club here or a bad club there, but I think I held it together pretty good.'
 
Janzen birdied the second and the third to take the lead early on at 13 under but fell one shot back with a bogey at the eighth. He drained a 7-footer for a birdie at the 10th to get back to minus-13 but struggled to a bogey at the 13th. The late bogey at the 18th then left him one shot off the pace.
 
'I think I'm in a great position for tomorrow,' said Janzen, whose last victory came at the 1998 U.S. Open. 'I feel like if I can go out tomorrow and just play the best round of golf I've ever played, I'll win.'
 
Fred Couples shot a 6-under 66 to move into a tie for sixth with Robert Damron at 8-under-par 208.
 
Match Play winner David Toms was one shot further back at 7-under-par 209 along with PGA Tour rookies Kevin Stadler and Sean O'Hair.
 
World No. 2 Vijay Singh finished six shots off the lead in a group at 6-under-par 210.
 
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