AVONDALE, La. — After taking advantage of benign conditions Saturday morning, Kevin Stadler downplayed his chances of climbing back into contention at the Zurich Classic, predicting he would end the day more than five shots out of the lead.
But gusty afternoon wind resulted in higher scores and brought Stadler and several others within striking distance at TPC Louisiana.
Lucas Glover survived those blustery conditions and birdied the 18th hole to increase his lead to two strokes and remain in position for his first victory in two years, though his wife is expecting the couple's daughter at any time and he said he would immediately leave if he received a call that she was going into labor.
The 2009 U.S. Open winner shot 2-under 70 to reach 14-under 202
"Some windier conditions than expected," Glover said. "But started up one, now I'm up two, so can't be too upset. The good stuff is still there."
Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points were tied for second. Stanley had 65, Walker and Horschel shot 66 and Points had 70.
"Not much going on out there, not a lot of wind," said Stanley, who teed off more than two hours before the leaders when conditions were still calm. "So you could pretty much take dead aim and hit a lot of pins."
Stadler tied Stanley for low round of the day and was three strokes back at 11 under.
Ten players were within four shots of the lead and 16 within five.
LPGA: Carlota Ciganda shot 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over the world's No. 1 player and a rookie into the final round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving.
Ciganda had one bogey in the third round. After driving right into a concrete drainage ditch on No. 12, the Spaniard hit the half-submerged ball out of the water to about 10 feet and made birdie. She was at 11-under 202 after her second 66 of the week.
Top-ranked Inbee Park from South Korea finished her 67 with consecutive birdies. Caroline Masson, the leader after each of the first two rounds, recovered from an opening double bogey for 69.
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) is tied for 12th at 4-under 209, and Tampa's Kristy McPherson (71) is tied for 26th at 2-under 211.
CHAMPIONS: Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake shot 11-under 61 in the second round of the Legends of Golf better-ball tournament to take a one-shot lead in Savannah, Ga. Chapman and Blake are 17-under for the tournament. Five teams, including 18-hole leaders Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman, are a shot back.