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March 9 2013

4:15 PM

Barber stays in hunt with 66

Blayne Barber is in a tie for third in Puerto Rico. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

By PGATOUR.COM staff

Blayne Barber never got a full chance to land a PGA TOUR card for this season after a q-school snafu.

But with a big Sunday at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, he could perhaps get that card after all.

Barber shot a 6-under 66 in the third round at Trump International, climbing the leaderboard into a tie for third at 14 under, four shots behind the lead shared by Fabian Gomez and Scott Brown.

“I tried to just stay patient as best I could and was able to do that, and finished with three birdies (in the last four holes),” Barber said. “So it was a good finish for sure.”

Barber disqualified himself from the first stage of q-school a few months ago when he determined that he incorrectly penalized himself one shot instead of two. The former Auburn player is in Puerto Rico on a sponsor’s exemption and got off to a fast start with a 66 in Round 1. He shot 70 in Round 2.

Of course if he was to win on Sunday, he’d get a two-year exemption.

“I’m just going to go out there (Sunday) and play as good as I can, and if it results in a great finish, that's awesome,” Barber said. “I just want to focus on what I can control and just keep playing the kind of golf I have been playing and I know the results will take care of themselves.”

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