Jim Hallet charged to a three-stroke lead in the USF&G Golf Classic with a third round score of 7-under-par 65 Saturday, putting him at 11-under-205 for the tournament.
Joel Edwards, who shot a course record 64, Ronnie Black, Billy Mayfair and Ian Woosnam of Wales were tied for second at 8-under par heading into Sunday's final round.Kenny Knox and Tom Sieckman were four strokes off the pace at 7-under in the $1 million tournament.
Jack Nicklaus, the second round leader at 7-under par, shot a 74 to fall six strokes behind the lead.
"Today was pretty good. Today was fun," Hallet said after sinking a birdie on the par-4, 471-yard 18th hole, the toughest on the course.
"I love being in the lead at the end of the third day. I like to be here."
Hallet had eight birdies and a bogey in a round, marked by solid approaches. His best shot of the day came at the ninth hole, where he used an eight-iron to pitch 150 yards from a waist bunker to within a foot of the cup for a tap-in birdie.
"That really got me going," he said. "There really wasn't much going wrong out there. But Billy Mayfair was playing really well, too. We were playing together out there and going back and forth, and we kind of played for the honor, it seemed."
Mayfair birdied his last three holes for a 68 that put him in a four-way tie for second place at 8-under par.
Edwards earned $5,000 for setting the record on the 7,116-yard English Turn course designed by Nicklaus.
"It hasn't dawned on me yet, but I feel pretty good, like I played pretty good," said Edwards, who had started the day even-par. "Tomorrow, I'll just show up and make the best swings I can."
Tom Watson, who was tied for second two strokes off the lead at the start of the third round, shot a 73.
High winds that plagued the field for the first two rounds, settled to gentle, cooling breezes and set the stage for the best overall scores of the tournament.In Phoenix, Danielle Ammaccapane, winless on the LPGA Tour, shot a 3-under-par 70 to take a one-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the $550,000 Standard Register tournament.
Colleen Walker, Michelle McGann and second-round leader Barb Bunkowsky were are tied for second, 4-under at 215.
McGann shot 68, Walker 70 and Bunkowsky 73 on the 6,514-yard Moon Valley Country Club. Betsy King, who won the event in 1985, is next at 216 after a round of 72.
Ammaccapane, in a three-way tie for second place following Friday's round, birdied Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 11 to go 6-under. She had her lone bogey on the 18th hole after her tee shot landed in the water.
Ammaccapane, who grew up in Phoenix and starred at nearby Arizona State, has two second-place ties in four years on the tour.