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Yang steps up bid for first PGA victory

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  • South Korean outsider YE Yang maintain one-stroke lead at Honda Classic
  • Third round 70 in Florida left him clear of U.S. duo Jeff Klauk and Jeff Overton
  • Mark Calcavecchia joins five others within three of leader after five-under 65
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(CNN) -- South Korean outsider YE Yang maintained a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic after a solid third round of 70 in Florida left him clear of U.S. duo Jeff Klauk and Jeff Overton.

Korean outsider Yang maintained a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic after a solid third round of 70.

Korean outsider Yang maintained a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic after a solid third round of 70.

Yang bogeyed the third at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens but hit his tee shot to within six feet at 15 for a birdie and remain seven under par.

Overton also posted a 70, largely due to a triple-bogey seven at the 11th, while Klauk's 67 contained four birdies against one dropped shot.

Yang's compatriot Charlie Wie fired an impressive 65 to climb to five-under alongside Brett Quigley and John Rollins, who shot 67 and 68 respectively.

Mark Calcavecchia also produced a five-under 65 to join five other players within three of the leader.

World number 460 Yang was satisfied with his effort as he chases a first PGA Tour victory, saying: "It's very hard to get birdies out here, it's probably easier to get bogeys."

He added: "I shot even par today and I'm happy with that. First day I wasn't putting well and my irons weren't great but I felt a lot more comfortable, I was putting better and saving pars."

Overton felt he relaxed after his triple-bogey at the 11th, which helped him to claw his way back into contention.

"It was interesting. I felt like I played one really bad shot, I was right between clubs. I should've hit a nine iron instead of a pitching wedge," he said. "I tweaked my putting stroke a little bit and I got a lot of confidence towards the end of the round and it carried over to ball striking.

"I felt a little bit tight at the beginning of the round because I was right there in the thick of things but I hung in there and after that triple I loosened up and dug deep."

Veteran Calcavecchia, meanwhile, is bidding for his third Honda Classic having previously won the tournament in 1987 and 1998.

"I played great today, I hit a few loose shots in the middle of the round but after that I settled down. Those last four holes are scary, it's a tough finish but I'm happy with the round," said the 48-year-old.

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