Former champion Brad Faxon eagled the 17th hole to claim the third-round lead on a congested leaderboard in the $1.6 million Sprint International at Castle Rock, Colo.
Faxon, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since capturing this event in 1992, had a 12-point round for a 54-hole total of 24 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this unusual event. Michael Bradley was second with 23 points and Robin Freeman had 22.
Golfers are awarded eight points for a double-eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. Pars are worth zero, while a bogey costs one point and double-bogey of worse costs three.
John Cook, another former International champion, was with Paul Goydos and Clarence Rose at 21 points, while Bob Tway had 20.
British Open champion Tom Lehman and Phil Mickelson were in a group at 19. Masters champion Nick Faldo stood at 18. PGA titlist Mark Brooks and Ernie Els had 16 and U.S. Open winner Steve Jones finished with nine and missed the cut for Sunday’s final round.
Scotland’s Gary Orr, playing his first event in a month, birdied three of the final four holes for a 5-under-par 66 and a share of the third-round lead in the Czech Open at Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic.
Orr, winless in three seasons on the PGA European Tour, had seven birdies and two bogeys to match Swedish rookie Daniel Chopra at 9-under 204 on the Marianske Lazne Golf Club course. Chopra shot a 65.
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