Santo Domingo - American Brice Garnett shook off an opening bogey to fire a three-under par 69 and maintain his slim lead after the third round of the Corales Championship on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Garnett finished with five birdies, one eagle and four bogeys in a roller-coaster round that got him to 16-under 200 and a two-shot lead over Corey Conners. Both Garnett and Conners are looking for their first US PGA Tour wins.
Conners, of Canada, had six birdies and a bogey for a five-under 67 to finish alone in second at the course in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. He is trying to become just the third Canadian to win on the PGA Tour in the past three years, joining Mackenzie Hughes (RSM Classic) and Adam Hadwin (Valspar Championship).
The first US PGA Tour event staged in the Dominican Republic featured a host of lesser lights fighting for a title while the world's top players competed at the World Golf Championships Match-Play event in Texas.
American Tyler McCumber is in third after a five-under 67 to sit four strokes back of Garnett.
Tom Lovelady shot a 68 for sole possession of fourth at 11-under, while Ireland's Seamus Power is tied for fifth with Americans Denny McCarthy and Seungsu Han, who are at 10-under 206
Leading scores after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Tour Corales Championship in the Dominican Republic (USA unless noted, par-72):
200 - Brice Garnett 63-68-69
202 - Corey Conners (CAN) 64-71-67
204 - Tyler McCumber 67-70-67
205 - Tom Lovelady 69-68-68
206 - Seamus Power (IRL) 68-67-71, Denny McCarthy 66-69-71, Seungsu Han 67-67-72
207 - Harris English 71-69-67, Kevin Tway 67-72-68, Troy Matteson 66-73-68, Martin Flores 68-71-68, George McNeill 67-71-69, Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 69-67-71, Zhang Xinjun (CHN) 66-68-73, Keith Mitchell 66-66-75
208 - Andrew Putnam 70-68-70, Paul Dunne (IRL) 67-70-71, Kelly Kraft 68-69-71, Matt Atkins 69-67-72, Steve Wheatcroft 66-66-76