Stroud breaks away for sole lead

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: Chris Stroud capped his five-un­der 67 with a birdie to seize a one-shot lead after three rounds of the US PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open on Satur­day.

Stroud broke out of a three-way tie atop the leader­board, fin­ish­ing 54 holes at Coco Beach Golf and Coun­try Club with a 15-un­der to­tal of 201.

He was one shot in front of fel­low Amer­i­cans D.A. Points and Bill Lunde, who had shared the sec­ond-round lead with Bryson DeCham­beau and both carded 69s.

DeCham­beau fired a 70 to join a group of six play­ers shar­ing fourth on 203 that also in­cluded Eng­land's Andrew John­ston, South Korean Kim Whee, Puerto Ri­can Rafael Cam­pos, New Zealan­der Tim Wilkin­son and Amer­i­can Jonathan Ran­dolph.

Stroud, who started the third round one shot off the lead, had five birdies with­out a bo­gey to put him­self in po­si­tion to chal­lenge for a first US PGA Tour ti­tle.

His pre­vi­ous best fin­ish was a play­off loss at the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship in 2013.

“I feel like I’m way over­due,” Stroud said. “I’m play­ing very, very well. I'm mak­ing some nice putts.”

He said his ap­proach on Sun­day would be sim­ple.

“Noth­ing fancy – just go out there and hit a lot of fair­ways, a lot of greens. There's a lot of guys be­hind me. I’m just go­ing to keep look­ing for­ward.”

John­ston stormed up the leader­board with a bo­gey-free six-un­der 66. His six birdies in­cluded two to cap his round.

Whee carded a 67 and Ran­dolph a 68. Wilkin­son fol­lowed up a sec­ond-round 63 with a 69 and Cam­pos, who had seized sole pos­ses­sion of the lead with five birdies on the front nine, set­tled for a 69. AFP

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