American Gary Woodland leads by seven points in Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux

Last Updated: 04/08/13 8:47am

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Gary Woodland during Saturday's third round in Nevada

Gary Woodland during Saturday's third round in Nevada

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Gary Woodland will take a seven-point lead into the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open after carding an eagle and seven birdies on a spectacular third day in Nevada.

The 29-year-old Kansas-born pro posted a third round score of 16 points - under the Stableford scoring system - as he swept past overnight leader Andres Romero.

Woodland, who heads the leaderboard with a total of 37 points from 54 holes, conjured up the day's second best score, bettered only by compatriot Brendan Steele who went one better with 17.

Third round leaderboard

(US unless stated)
37 pts G Woodland
30 pts B Steele
29 pts D Mathis
27 pts A Romero (Arg)
25 pts C Wi (Kor)

Steele is now Woodland's closest challenger and, on the back nine on Saturday, made six birdies and an eagle at 18 - which in strokeplay terms amounted to just 28 shots.

Romero loses ground

Steele has compiled 30 points for three rounds and is one point ahead of another American David Mathis who is alone in third spot.

The 36-hole leader Romero is 10 points adrift of Woodland in fourth spot after carding just five points on Saturday.

The Argentinian offset three bogeys with four birdies over the picturesque Montreux course that sits in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

In this modified Stableford scoring system, an albatross is worth eight points, there are five awarded for an eagle, two for a birdie, nothing for par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

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