MADISON, Miss. — Bill Haas shot 3-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead at the Viking Classic on Saturday, overcoming three bogeys and a double bogey after playing error-free the first two rounds.
"Pretty erratic, I'd say," said Haas, who had a share of the lead in the first two rounds and was at 15-under 201.
He is going for his second PGA Tour title after winning the Bob Hope Classic this year.
"I made eight birdies (Saturday)," Haas said. "I definitely could have distanced myself from the field, but I've never really had a lead like this going into Sunday. So I'm looking forward to that challenge and playing solid (today)."
Michael Allen, winless in 357 tournaments, and Nathan Green shot 70 and were tied for second at 205 with Brendon de Jonge (73), who also had a share of the lead in the first two rounds.
De Jonge, looking for his first win, ran into trouble early with a bogey on the first hole and had four more the rest of the way. He stayed in contention by finishing with an eagle on the par-5 18th.
Champions: Fred Couples shot 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer (67) into the final round of the Ensure Classic in Conover, N.C. Couples was at 12-under 132 after the second round at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. Couples, gunning for his fourth win of the season but first since winning in the Dominican Republic on March 28, had nine birdies in overcoming a bogey and double bogey on the par-4 13th. Langer is pursuing his sixth tour win this season and leads Couples by 672 points in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.