Web.com Tour Championship: Scott Gardiner one clear, Andrew Putnam hits hole in one
Last Updated: September 30, 2013 7:51am
Scott Gardiner: Finished his front nine with three successive birdies at Dye's Valley
Scott Gardiner signed for a 65 to hold a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The Australian eagled his opening hole at Dye's Valley and although he gave a shot back at the next, finished his front nine with three successive birdies.
A bogey at the par-four 13th didn't help his cause but Gardiner bounced back with a birdie at the next before picking up another shot at the final hole, moving him to the head of the field on 10 under par.
American duo Chesson Hadley and Joe Durant are his nearest rivals after managing respective rounds of 70 and 68 on Saturday.
Hadley had led at the halfway stage of the tournament and looked set to remain at the summit until he finished bogey-double bogey. Up until then he had not dropped a shot, despite hitting just 12 greens in regulation.
"I need to go find something for tomorrow," he told pgatour.com. "This isn't junior golf, so we need to go figure it out."
Andrew Putnam moved to eight under thanks to a hole in one at the 11th. The Washington native then birdied the next but did, however, blot his card with a bogey at the 17th.
Scotsman Russell Knox and Australian Rod Pampling are amongst a four-man group on six under, one back of American Jamie Lovemark.
Chad Campbell is on five under, the same score as Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela. Robert Karlsson is two shots further adrift of leader Gardiner, the Swede having managed a one-under 69.
Englishman Greg Owen failed to make the cut, as did South African Trevor Immelman and German pair Marcel Siem and Alex Cejka.
The top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season qualify for PGA Tour cards for the 2014 season, with a further 25 places then allocated to a special money list from four tournaments.