Henry hits the front in Reno
American moves clear after strong Saturday performance
Last Updated: August 5, 2012 12:06pm
JJ Henry: Leader after round three following a 14-point haul on Saturday
JJ Henry improved his score for the third successive day to take over the lead of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
The American, having picked up 10 points in round one and then 12 on day two, amassed a total of 14 points in the third round to move to the top of the leaderboard on 36 points under the modified Stableford scoring system.
Henry's round included five birdies and an eagle two at the 14th, with his only dropped shot coming at the par-three 16th.
In second place at Montreux Golf and Country Club, three points behind Henry, is the halfway leader, Alexandre Rocha of Brazil.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
36 J Henry
33 A Rocha (Bra)
32 J Mallinger
31 A Romero (Arg)
28 G Christian (Eng)
28 J Daly
28 B Lunde
Rocha set the pace after round two and ensured he remained in contention on Saturday with a nine-point haul.
Late blip for Rocha
It would have been even better for the South American but for a bogey on the 17th - his only dropped shot of the round.
John Mallinger is third on 32 points after picking up 10 points while first-day leader Andres Romero of Argentina is fourth a further point back.
England's Gary Christian is joint-fifth with two-time major winner John Daly and Bill Lunde, while 1997 Open champion Justin Leonard is eighth on 26 points.
Christian, who carded an eagle, four birdies and a bogey in his round, is the only European in the top 10 heading into the final round, but Ireland's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington climbed up to joint 14th on 23 after collecting nine points - his best total of the tournament so far.