Simpson remains on top
Kelly needs just 29 strokes to reach the turn in stunning score of 62
Last Updated: July 8, 2012 11:39am
Webb Simpson: dropped just one shot during three roundsa at White Sulphur Springs
Webb Simpson fired a five-under 65 to hold a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
Having led by one overnight, the reigning US Open champion posted four birdies in his final six holes, including sinking a 20ft putt at the last, to move to 14 under par.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-14 W Simpson
-12 T Kelly
-11 C Beljan
-11 JB Holmes
-11 K Duke
-8 M Flores (16 holes)
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Simpson went bogey-free for the second successive day, meaning in three rounds over The Old White at White Sulphur Springs he's dropped just one shot.
"The way I look at it is, I've got to go shoot under par [on Sunday]," he said on www.pgatour.com.
"And if I don't, somebody's probably going to play pretty good. I think the golf course is playing in such a way that there's plenty of birdie opportunities.
"I've almost got to imagine that these guys are all going to shoot four, five under. I've got to stay aggressive."
His nearest rival is fellow American Troy Kelly while rookie Charlie Beljan, J.B. Holmes and Ken Duke all sit a further shot back on 11 under.
Kelly, who underwent hip-replacement surgery in September 2010 after being diagnosed with arthritis, enjoyed a stunning eight-under-par round of 62.
The 33-year-old, who has never come close to winning a tournament on the PGA Tour, needed just 29 strokes to reach the turn on Saturday and kept his cool over the back nine to complete a bogey-free round.
"I haven't made a lot of putts pretty much the whole year," he said. "It's just good to see some putts go in. I had fun today."
Ted Potter Jr (64) sits alone in sixth place at 10 under, just ahead of Blake Adams (64), Graham DeLaet (64), Charlie Wi (68) and Martin Flores (69).
Big guns Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut.
"When he (Woods) is not lurking around on Saturdays and Sundays, it makes it a little easier I think for other guys," Simpson added.