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From hard luck to good, he hopes

FORT WORTH, Texas — Brian Davis is seemingly done penalizing himself.

And now he gets another chance to challenge for his first PGA Tour victory.

After a second consecutive bogey-free 65 on Saturday, Davis shared the lead with Bryce Molder at 16-under 194 going into the final round of the Colonial.

When Davis got into a playoff last month at Hilton Head with Jim Furyk, Davis called a two-stroke penalty against himself on the extra hole that ensured a victory for the fifth-ranked player in the world.

Davis finished 57th the following week at New Orleans and had missed three consecutive cuts before the Colonial.

"What happened during the playoff threw me off balance a little bit. I lost my focus," the 35-year-old Englishman said.

"I've had to adjust my thinking a little bit. Not everybody can play well every week. You have to take the rough with the smooth some times."

Molder, the second-round leader who finished his 67 on Saturday with eight consecutive pars, is also looking for his first tour win. He has four top-10s this season, but the four-time All-American from Georgia Tech has only one professional victory since leaving college in 2001, on the Nationwide Tour in 2006.

Zach Johnson (64) was a stroke behind the leaders. Ben Crane (64) joined first-round co-leaders Jeff Overton (66) and Jason Bohn (68) in a tie for fourth at 14 under.

Seventeen players were at 11 under or better going into the final round.

"I have no illusions about (today)," Davis said.

Champions: Jay Don Blake shot 2-under 70 to take a share of the 54-hole lead with Tom Lehman at 6-under 210 in the Senior PGA Championship at Parker, Colo.

Lehman shot 71 through swirling wind that added to the adversity facing golfers at the 3-year-old course co-designed by Ben Crenshaw, a 7,450-foot monster that cuts through open meadows, wooded hillsides and streams and plays to par 72.

Fred Couples, who led going into the weekend, faltered with 75 but still was just two shots off the pace, with Mark O'Meara (67) and Mike Goodes (70).

Seven others were within four strokes of the leaders.

"There are six or eight or 10 guys that if they play good (today) can win it," O'Meara said.

From hard luck to good, he hopes 05/29/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:50pm]
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