LAKE BUENA VISTA — Justin Leonard chipped in three times in five holes Saturday to salvage a scrappy day at Disney with 2-under 70 that gave him a share of the lead with PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.
Chappell was more consistent in shooting 66. He overcame a bogey on the first hole and had a steady diet of 10- to 15-foot birdie putts throughout the day.
They were at 14-under 202, one shot ahead of Bio Kim (71), who needs at least a two-way tie for second to secure his tour card for next year.
Chappell, who tied for third at the U.S. Open and was runnerup at the Texas Open, said he learned a lot from his amateur partners in the first two rounds, former Ray and current Cub Carlos Peña and retired NFL running back Jerome Bettis.
"I've been trying to … pick their brains on how they can stay fresh throughout their season, especially Carlos," Chappell said. "He had to play 162 games. We play 26 to 30 events a year, and I was kind of asking him, 'What do you do to feel fresh every day?' Because that's something I've struggled with all year.
"And Carlos said, 'When I don't try, that's when I have my good games.' "
The race for the tour money took an interesting turn.
Luke Donald, who trails Webb Simpson by $363,029, was tied for fourth, three shots out of the lead and three shots ahead of Simpson, when he reached the par-5 14th. When he walked off the green after a three-putt, he was in a tie for 14th, tied with Simpson and six shots behind.
Donald now needs no worse than a two-way tie for second to win the title. He was tied for 14th, five shots behind.
LPGA: Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot 5-under 67 for a two-shot lead over second-round co-leader Anna Nordqvist (71) going into the final round of the Taiwan Championship at Yang Mei. She was at 10-under 206. Second-round co-leader Azahara Munoz (72) was three strokes back. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (77) was 7 over and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (76) 14 over.