Wagner one ahead in Mexico
Birdie blitz on back nine puts American into lead
Last Updated: 27/02/11 12:30pm
On the charge: Wagner celebrates his birdie at the 16th
Johnson Wagner's back-nine charge powered him into a one-shot lead after the third round of the Mayakoba Classic.
"It just seemed like I had good birdie putt after good birdie putt on the back nine. They all didn't go in, but a lot of them did."
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The American, four behind Chris Stroud overnight, came home in just 31 shots to leave himself ideally positioned to press for his second PGA Tour victory.
On an overcast day in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort, Wagner was one over through seven holes before his round came alive with an eagle at the par-five eighth.
He followed up with four birdies in five holes and picked up a further shot at the 16th to complete a six-under 65.
Wagner's 13-under-par total puts him one ahead of Stroud, who managed a one-under 70.
"I feel like I've been practising well," said Wagner, who had missed the cut in both of his previous PGA Tour outings this year.
"This week I just came into it wanting to be committed to what I'm doing and what I'm working on, and so far it's been phenomenal.
"It's nice to be back in this position. Hopefully this is what my career is going to look like for years to come.
"It just seemed like I had good birdie putt after good birdie putt on the back nine. They all didn't go in, but a lot of them did.
"(Tomorrow) I have to go out and make birdies and try to play the same kind of rounds that I've played the last two days. If I could go post a good number, I'd feel pretty good about it. Someone is going to have to play good to beat me."
Another pair of Americans, Bobby Gates (64) and Spencer Levin (67), are a stroke further back alongside Australia's Jarrod Lyle (67).