November 13 2010
A double bogey, bogey finish isn’t exactly the way Roland Thatcher wanted to end his round. The good news for the 33-year-old is that he still has a four-shot lead going into the final round.
Chris Stroud had a chance to narrow that gap to two, but a bogey on the final hole dropped him to 14 under.
For Thatcher, this is just the second time in his career that he’s held the 54-hole lead -- the last was at the 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open, where he tied for fifth. His total of 198 through three rounds is also the lowest 54-hole total of his career by one stroke.
Thatcher isn’t the only one with a lot on the line, though. Briny Baird entered the week 126th on the money list and is still projected in that position after playing his first three rounds in 7 under, which puts him in a tie for 32nd.
Troy Merritt, who has a share of the Kodak Challenge lead and can win the $1million prize with a birdie on No. 17 on Sunday (unless Rickie Fowler or Aaron Baddeley eagle), will also have his eye on the money list. He dropped two spots in the projections to 123rd and needs a solid round Sunday to stay in the top 125.
In other words, Sunday should supply plenty of storylines.