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Hadley leads way in Puerto Rico

Chesson Hadley took a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Puerto Rico Open after overnight leader James Driscoll plummeted.

Four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine catapulted Hadley into contention and, although he was quieter after the turn, another shot gained at the 14th ensured he remained ahead of Danny Lee on 16 under par.

The young New Zealander produced a spectacular round, starting and finishing with a flurry of birdies and steady around the turn.

He gave his opening birdie back at the third but immediately produced three more and, after six straight pars, a similar sequence between 13 and 17 saw him to six under for his round and 15 under for the week.

Jason Gore and Jonathan Byrd shared third on 14 under, with veteran Jerry Kelly a shot further back along with fellow American David Toms and Sweden's Carl Pettersson.

George McNeill and Rafa Cabrera-Bello were 12 under while Andrew Loupe surged into the top 10 with a bogey-free seven-under-par 65.

Driscoll had tamed Friday's 20mph winds to match the tournament record with a 63 but on Saturday, with the rest of the field scoring low, he struggled to a three-over-par 75 - the only over-par round among the top 40 in the field.

Eric Axley, 10 under at the start of play, did not suffer that fate but could not improve his situation after a round containing six birdies, six pars and six bogeys.