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Retief Goosen, winless in 6 years, survives a wild day at Riviera to stay in lead

  • Retief Goosen, of South Africa, hits up on the 10th hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Retief Goosen, of South Africa, hits up on the 10th hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Graham DeLaet tees off on the ninth hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Graham DeLaet tees off on the ninth hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Retief Goosen, of South Africa, hits out of a bunker on the 7th hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Retief Goosen, of South Africa, hits out of a bunker on the 7th hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Retief Goosen made only two pars on the back nine and survived a day of wild shots at Riviera to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Northern Trust Open.

Goosen wasn't sure how his nerves would hold up because he had not been a 36-hole leader in more than four years. Those nerves were tested in his round of 2-under 69. Right when he looked to be struggling, Goosen chipped in for birdie on the 16th and two-putted the par-5 17th for birdie.

He was at 8-under 205 and had a two-shot lead over Graham DeLaet.

Among those three shots behind was Sergio Garcia, whose remarkable par on the 13th hole was set up by a 3-iron from a bunker behind the 10th green.