Bud Cauley is looking for his first PGA TOUR win. (Cohen/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bud Cauley came into this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on a streak he'd rather avoid.
In his previous 12 rounds on the PGA TOUR prior to Thursday, Cauley had failed to break 70. That included his last start, THE PLAYERS Championship, in which he shot 78-72 and missed the cut. He hadn't shot a round in the 60s since a third-round 65 at the Shell Houston Open in late March.
But he opened with a 3-under 67 at Colonial to break his streak, and on Saturday, he posted his third consecutive round in the 60s, a 4-under 66 that vaulted him up the leaderboard.
Cauley is 8 under through 54 holes and should be within striking distance of the lead going into Sunday's final round.
"The golf course fits my eye," Cauley said. "I definitely feel comfortable, but you still have to go out there and execute. That's what I've been trying to do."
The third round was not a particular great ball-striking round for Cauley, who hit just 9 of 18 greens in regulation. But he saved par four of the five times he found a bunker, and he needed just 23 putts on his round.
Cauley's best finish this year in 13 starts is a tie for 10th at the Valero Texas Open.
"I started hitting it a little bit better," Cauley said. "I'm going to keep working on the things I've been working on. And obviously short game is what it's all about anyway, so I keep working on that and go out and try to make some birdies tomorrow."