Troy Matteson takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open after a 6-under par third round of 66 saw him close on 16-under par 200.
Matteson dropped a single shot on the par-4 ninth hole, but made 7 birdies as he opened up his three shot advantage over nearest pursuer, Hunter Haas. Haas also had a solitary bogey, but compensated with five birdies in a 4-under par round of 68 to keep tabs on the leader.
“There are so many birdies to be made out here, three shots is nothing,” Matteson said afterwards as he played down his chances of a first PGA Tour win since the 2009 Frys.com Open.
“You’ve got to go out there and make birdies and try to shoot another low score. And I think that’s why people like this golf course. There’s a lot of birdie opportunities, couple of eagle opportunities.”
Haas is in turn one shot clear of Michael Bradley, who carded a third successive round of 68; while tipster pick Brendon de Jonge moved into a tie for fourth place on 10-under par following a 67. De Jonge is tied with four other players in Brandt Jobe, George McNeill, Chris Tidland and former US Masters champion, Angel Cabrera.
De Jonge played the last four holes of his round in 4-under par, including two birdies and an eagle on the last hole to regain some momentum after dropping shots on the 7th and 14th holes as his challenge began to falter.
2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink had begun the day in contention, but a third round 74 saw him drop off the pace into a tie for 31st place on 5-under par.
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