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Billy Hurley extends Greenbrier lead to 2 strokes

Greenbrier Classic leader Billy Hurley III shoots 67 in Round 3. He would qualify for the British Open with a top-four finish today.

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Greenbrier Classic leader Billy Hurley III shoots 67 in Round 3. He would qualify for the British Open with a top-four finish today.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III didn't plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

The former Navy officer shot 3-under 67 on Saturday to extend his advantage to two strokes over Angel Cabrera entering the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley never relinquished the lead he has held since midway through the second round at Old White TPC. He held a one-shot lead over Kevin Chappell and Chris Stroud after Friday's second round.

Hurley had a 12-under 198 total. No third-round leader has won the Greenbrier Classic, in its fifth year. Playoffs have decided the tournament twice.

Hurley finished his five-year Navy service in 2009. He returned to the PGA Tour this year after playing on the Tour last year.

"I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing," Hurley said. "I just want to put my mind in position so that I can play well. I slept fine (Friday) night. The benefit of the Navy is you learn how to sleep anywhere. I think I'll sleep fine (Saturday night), too."

Cabrera shot 64 for a three-day 10-under 200 total. Chappell was third at 9-under 201 after 69. Steve Stricker had 68 for 8-under 202. Bubba Watson was six strokes back after a third-round 69.

Cabrera wore an Argentine blue shirt in the third round and is riding his country's momentum in the World Cup, including Saturday's 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarterfinals.

"I was very happy when I found out they won," Cabrera said, adding that he was equally happy when he started his round with four birdies on the first six holes.

Another under-par round today would mark the first time Cabrera has had four rounds in the 60s since the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. Cabrera won the U.S. Open in 2007 and the Masters in 2009.

More than a trophy and a $1.2 million winner's check are available today. The four best finishers not previously eligible for the British Open among the top 12 on the final leaderboard will earn spots in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool.

EUROPEAN PGA: Enduring wind gusts and brief showers on the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines course, Kevin Stadler shot 1-over 72 to keep the lead at 9-under 204 in the French Open. Victor Riu and Thongchai Jaidee were four strokes back after three rounds.

Billy Hurley extends Greenbrier lead to 2 strokes 07/05/14 [Last modified: Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:23pm]
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