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Playing out of the final twosome, World No. 778 Sean O'Hair backed up with a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the Corales Championship, down three places to T5 on 12-under 204, five adrift of leader Adam Long (64).
Making his tournament debut, the 38-year-old had opened with a pair of 67s to sit T2, but slipped back after playing his final six holes today in birdie-less 2-over. On 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he squared three bogeys at holes 9 (3-putt), 13 and 14, slightly outpaced by three birdies at 3, 4 and 12, and an eagle-3 at 7. The Texan, who's playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, posted a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR with 30 total putts, and will play out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday with Nate Lashley. He's chasing his fifth TOUR win in 368 events, first since the 2011 RBC Canadian Open 190 starts and over nine years ago, where he came from three back (T5) with 2-under 68 before outlasting Kris Blanks in sudden death.
Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, World No. 141 Xinjun Zhang bobbed and weaved to a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Corales Championship for a 54-hole total of 13-under 203, up one place to solo 4th, four back of leader Adam Long (64).
The China native is looking for his first TOUR win in 58 events. His best among four top 10s is T4 at the 2020 Houston Open, and his only other top-5 finish was T5 here in 2018 during his rookie campaign. After kicking off with 66-69, the 33-year-old began T5, three adrift of leader Hudson Swafford, and hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He carded seven birdies at holes 4, 6 (fringe-shot), 7, 9 and 11-13, taking some gloss off with three bogey-5s at 5, 8 and 18. Zhang, who will play out of the penultimate twosome in R4, registered 1.636 putts per GIR with 24 total putts.
Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, World No. 54 Mackenzie Hughes tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Corales Championship to post 14-under 202, up two spots to solo 3rd, three shy of leader and playing competitor Adam Long, who carded a day- and week-tying-low 64.
The Kent State alum is eyeing his second TOUR title in 112 events, first since the 2017 RSM Classic 103 starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader by one and shot 1-under 69 before prevailing in a 5-man playoff. He'll play out of the penultimate twosome in the finale with Xinjun Zhang. After opening with 68-67, the 29-year-old began T5, three back of leader Hudson Swafford, and hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 1,but then played his final 17 in 6-under, circling 3, 4, 7 and a hat-trick at 15-17. The Canadian, who was co-runner-up here in 2019, registered 1.727 putts per GIR with 25 total putts, aided by two birdie hole-outs from around the green at 15 and 17.
Playing out of the third-to-last twosome and making his tournament debut, World No. 69 Adam Long hung up a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Corales Championship for a 54-hole tally of 17-under 199, up four places on the day and good for a two-shot lead over Hudson Swafford (69), who was the overnight leader by two.
This is the Duke alum's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 55 events. In fact, it's his first lead/co-lead after Rounds 1, 2 or 3 in 173 total rounds played. The only other time he led after any round, was after the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic 49 starts ago, his lone TOUR win to date. At the Desert Classic (now AmEx), he came from three back (3rd) with 7-under 65 to win by one over Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the 33-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday (Sep. 25th), rang up eight birdies after recording nine in yesterday's second round. He put circles around holes 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 12-14, posting 1.500 putts per GIR with 25 total putts. Long's 64 matches the low round of the day and week with two others.
World No. 114 Nate Lashley twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Corales Championship to reach 12-under 204, up 25 spots to T5, five back of the leader on the course Adam Long.
This is the 37-year-old's third Corales after a missed cut in 2019 and a T28 in 2018 (70-70-70-71). He's also a former winner on the course, claiming the 2017 edition while still a Web.com event. The Arizona alum, who checked in off a missed cut by nine two weeks ago at the Safeway (75-73), finished 96th in the FedExCup standings last season with two top 10s in 20 events, both top 3s. After opening with 68-71, he began T30 on 5-under, three short of the overnight top 10. The Scottsdale resident hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, circling seven birdies at holes 4, 7, 9-12 and 14, registering 1.615 putts per GIR with 24 total putts, aided by two hole-out birdies (from around the green) at 10 and 11. Making his 61st career start, his lone win came 28 starts ago at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage (inaugural edition) as the 54-hole leader by six.