I haven’t looked at the leaderboard all week. I’m just trying to put up some numbers and am able to do it this week. —Andres Gonzales
SANDY — Andres Gonzales isn’t looking at the Web.com Utah Championship leaderboard. He’s been too busy topping the field for each of the past three days.
On Saturday, Gonzales increased his lead to four strokes with a 65 to up his overall total to a 19-under 194.
“Feeling good,” he said. “I’m playing steady and it’s just a matter of sticking to the game plan and doing the same thing.”
Gonzales, though, hasn’t been checking out scores at Willow Creek.
“I haven’t looked at the leaderboard all week,” he explained. “I’m just trying to put up some numbers and am able to do it this week.”
When asked if he might glance at the leaderboard on Sunday, Gonzales said that he probably won’t if he continues to play well.
“I may check it out when I get to 16, 17, 18,” Gonzales added. “But maybe not. It just kind of depends where I’m at.”
After a pair of 67s, Aaron Goldberg improved to a 64 on the third day of play — leaving him all alone in second at 15-under.
“I just went out and tried to shoot a good one and see what happens,” Goldberg said.
Salt Lake City native Tony Finau could have finished in a tie with Goldberg but birdie putts on the final two holes came up just short. He finished the day with a 68 and is 13-under entering the final 18 holes.
“I hit some really good putts. The greens just slowed up just a touch just enough for both of those putts not to go in,” Finau said. “Those would have been huge bonuses going into tomorrow. But I have an opportunity to make a move tomorrow, so that’s all I can ask for.”
Finau opened the back nine with four consecutive birdies.
Jeff Curl shot a best-of-the-day 63 to climb into championship contention at 14-under along with Travis Bertoni and Sung Kang. Curl opened the tourney with rounds of 69 and 67.
“Obviously, starting at 6-under and eight off the lead, I had to have a good one today to have a chance,” Curl said. “This course — you saw it last year, you saw it in the first two rounds, you saw it today — if you play well there’s a good round out there.”
Former BYU standout Zac Blair is in a group of players within striking distance at 12-under. Despite a bogey on the final hole, Blair still managed to continue a daily trend of lowering his score — going from an opening round 68 to 67 to 66.
“I played pretty well, a couple of mistakes, but other than that I had a pretty good day,” he said. “So another one like that tomorrow should put me in a good spot.”
Blair acknowledged that it’s a little special to be in contention on the final day so close to home.
“If I can be within a couple of shots going into the back nine tomorrow, that would be a good spot,” he added.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Curl made a 45-foot putt for a birdie on No. 11. He said it was his longest in two years. It was “Pink on the Links” day at the tournament. All proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Cancer survivors were admitted free. Several of the players, including Blair, participated in a clinic for kids on the driving range late in the afternoon.
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