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The Tour Report

May 25 2013

5:05 PM

Flores proving he belongs at Colonial

Watch Martin Flores birdie the 18th hole Saturday at Colonial.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Martin Flores grew up in Mansfield, a suburb of Fort Worth. But he never made it out to Colonial Country Club to watch the annual PGA TOUR event.

"I was always practicing," Flores said, "trying to play out here."

Well, he's out here now. And after three rounds of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he's in position to make a run at his first TOUR win.

Thanks to a 5-under 65 in Saturday's third round, Flores is 9 under through 54 holes, which will give him a late tee time on Sunday.

"It puts me in good position," Flores said. "I still have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of great players, and I've got to keep making birdies."

Flores was bogey-free for his first 16 holes until his only stumble of the day at the 17th when he ran his 49-foot birdie putt about 13 feet past the hole. But he bounced back with a birdie at the 18th. His 65 ties for the low round of the day.

Flores said he "got a little aggressive" with that birdie putt at 17, but thats how he plans to play on Sunday, especially with all his family and friends in his gallery.

His gameplan? "To stay aggressive," he said. "Keep making birdies."