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October 9 2011

6:55 PM

Plenty at stake for Baird

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Leader Briny Baird just teed off here in the final round of the Frys.com Open, where he’s trying to win for the first time in his career -- or 347 starts.

Twice before Baird has held the lead after 54 holes with the last coming at the 2004 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, where he went on to finish in a tie for second after a final-round 70.

His other lead was that the 2003 Buick Classic, where he tumbled to a tie for 30th after a final-round 77.

A win would obviously mean a lot to Baird for a number of reasons. But so would a strong finish even if he shouldn’t win. In 17 starts this season Baird is No. 148 on the money list. Last year he finished No. 127.

As for the Frys.com Open, he missed his last two cuts here but did tie for 14th in 2007 when the event was played in Arizona.

Entering last weeks Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Kevin Na trailed Baird and Brett Quigley for most career money earned without a victory on the PGA TOUR. With Na’s win Brian Davis moves to third on the list.

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