American Kevin Sutherland fired a seven-under par 63 here Saturday to seize a one-stroke lead after the third round of the five million-dollar US PGA Frys.com Open.
Sutherland, who shot his second bogey-free round in a row, finished 54 holes on 14-under par 196, his career-low on the tour through three rounds as he seeks a 900,000-dollar top prize.
"It's my last tournament of the year. I'm just looking to have a good time," Sutherland said."
American George McNeill was second on 197 after a third-round 66 following a 63 on Friday. Americans Paul Goydos, John Mallinger and Australian Steve Allan shared third on 198, one ahead of Americans Woody Austin and Cameron Beckman.
Sutherland opened with a birdie and added birdies on the par-5 fourth and the seventh. He birdied the par-5 11th, made another at 12 and added birdies at 15 and 17 to move atop the leaderboard.
"I putted terrific. It's always nice to roll in putts," Sutherland said. "You don't go out thinking you have to shoot 7-under every day. It's a good course but if you hit good shots you can score well."
With so many players shooting low rounds, Sutherland relishes his place in the last group rather than as a lurker who could post a target score yesterday..
"I'd rather be in the last group," he said. "If you go out and shoot that really good score, you are in a great spot to win. If you are a couple back, you still have to have some help."
Goydos, in the hunt in his final event of the year, is familiar with Sutherland and impressed by how the leader is playing this week.
"I play almost all my practice rounds with Kevin. He has been playing well," Goydos said. "He's going to be tough to beat."