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Hosting gig going well for McCarron

RENO, Nev. — Scott McCarron's decision to skip the British Open to host the Reno-Tahoe Open on his home course started to make more sense Saturday.

McCarron shot 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead at 10 under through three rounds at Montreux Golf & Country Club. He birdied four of his first seven holes before chipping in for eagle on the par-5 ninth, as he bids for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Robert Garrigus, who started tied for the lead with Matt Bettencourt, bogeyed No. 18 to finish at 73 and slip to a tie with John Mallinger (71) at 9 under.

Rookie Graham DeLaet tied the course record at 10-under 62 and was another stroke back along with Rod Pampling (67) and Craig Barlow (67).

Dunedin's Bob Heintz (72) was three strokes out of the lead at 7 under, tied for seventh.

McCarron, a former Reno resident who lives in LaQuinta, Calif., said it was difficult to skip the British Open and serve as the formal host in Reno. Part of the job involves helping to secure the 12-year-old tournament a title sponsor.

"Playing St. Andrews was something that I certainly was going to miss, but I knew how important it was to the community to get behind this tournament," he said.

NATIONWIDE: Tommy Gainey matched the second-tier tour's 54-hole record of 24 under and took a four-shot lead at the Chiquita Classic in Cincinnati. Gainey shot 10-under 62 to match Arjun Atwal's record at the 2008 Chattanooga Classic.

FLORIDA OPEN: Ben Vertz of Coral Springs (66—141) led by two after two rounds at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor. Each player has played a round on the Copperhead Course and one on the Island Course; today's final round is at Copperhead. Amateurs Devin Hernandez and Zachary Sobel were the top Tampa Bay players at 145, tied for sixth.

FUTURES: Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (66) and Clearwater's Jenny Gleason (71) were fourth at 136, nine shots behind leader Gerina Mendoza, through two rounds of the New England Classic in Bloomfield, Conn.

U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS: Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel 6 and 5 to win the 36-hole final in Greensboro, N.C.

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