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October 9 2011

8:59 PM

Baird back on top

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Thanks to a 30-footer for birdie on the par-4 eighth, Briny Baird is back on top of the leaderboard at 14 under.

Baird is one shot clear of Bud Cauley and Ernie Els.

Despite seeing lead shrink to one, Baird has played well for the most part through his first eight holes with all six fairways hit and seven of eight greens in regulation. He’s also taken 14 putts -- for the week Baird is leading the field in putts per green in regulation.

Should Baird go on to win it would be the second week in a row that a player with a long history of not winning was able to get his first career victory. Last week, Kevin Na ended his streak at 210 starts without a win. Baird has played 347 events without winning.

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