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July 17 2011

1:21 AM

Kirk emerges with one-shot lead

By Zak Kozuchowski, PGATOUR.COM

Smooth greens and soft conditions led to ultra-low scores in Round 3 at Annandale.

For many players, Round 3 was their second round of the day. But the physical challenge of playing 36 holes in mid-summer Mississippi heat was only evident in their sweat-stained shirts, but not their birdie-filled scorecards.

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Chris Kirk birdied the par 5 finishing hole to take the outright lead going into the final round. It was one of the eight birdies he carded for a third-round 64.

Behind Kirk sits a group of four players at 17 under, which includes George McNeill, Peter Lonard, PGA TOUR rookie Sunghoon Kang and former Viking Classic winner D.J. Trahan.

"The golf course is very vulnerable and the greens are perfect," Trahan said. "It's playing soft so you can attack and the greens are in awesome shape. They are rolling great. Some guys are making a lot of putts tomorrow."

Another PGA TOUR rookie, Jim Renner, carded a 62, which was the low round on Saturday. It vaulted him nearly 40 spots on the leaderboard, a shot behind the group of players at 17 under.

Tomorrow's weather forecast for Annandale calls for scattered thunderstorms and a high of 85 degrees.

"Hopefully it is a somewhat decent day where everyone can go out and play and get it in," Renner said. "That remains to be seen."

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