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Schauffele remains ahead by 1 in Tournament of Champions title defense

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Xander Schauffele carries a one-shot lead into the final round of the Tournament of Champions after shooting a 2-under 71 on Saturday.

The defending champion made his first bogey of the year's opening event on No. 8 but managed to regain his 36-hole lead - which was temporarily taken from him by Justin Thomas - with back-to-back birdies on No. 14 and 15.

Schauffele will look to successfully defend his title in Kapalua, Hawaii in a completely different fashion than last year's victory. In 2019, the 26-year-old fired a course-record-tying 62 on Sunday to erase a five-shot deficit and edge out Gary Woodland. This year, Schauffele will have to fend off a pack of chasers, which contains Thomas and Woodland, to secure his fifth career PGA Tour title.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands after Round 3:

Place Player To Par R3 Score
1 Xander Schauffele -11 71
2 Justin Thomas -10 69
3 Gary Woodland -8 69
T4 Kevin Kisner -7 68
T4 Jon Rahm -7 70
T4 Collin Morikawa -7 70
T4 J.T. Poston -7 71
T4 Matthew Wolff -7 71
T4 Joaquin Niemann -7 74
T4 Patrick Reed -7 74

Kevin Kisner (7-under) matched the low round of Day 3 with a 5-under 68. He climbed from outside the top 15 into a logjam of players sharing the fourth spot. Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed are also at 7-under for the event.

Notables Rickie Fowler (6-under) and Dustin Johnson (5-under) sit outside the top 10.

The final round begins Sunday at 2:40 p.m. ET with the last group teeing off at 5:20 p.m.

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