Marc Turnesa didn't come close to matching his first two rounds, but he stayed atop the leaderboard for the third straight day in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
After opening with rounds of 62 and 64, the PGA Tour rookie shot 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Chris DiMarco (63), Michael Allen (64) and Ken Duke (67). Turnesa closed at 21-under 195.
"There were some low scores, but none of them were really from the leaders," Turnesa said. "So, I think I'm a bit fortunate.
"I kind of got off to a slow start. I think I was struggling a bit. I hit a few wayward shots, and it wasn't quite like the previous two days where everything was going my way. I had a good back nine and was able to hold the lead."
Matt Kuchar (71) was tied with Turnesa for the lead with a hole to play but closed with double bogey. He was two back at 19 under with Zach Johnson (70) and Chris Stroud (67).
"It's a real bummer to make double on the last, but I'm still right there, two shots back," Kuchar said. "Here you've got a lot of chances to make birdies, but you certainly don't go out thinking, 'I've got to keep pace with what I did the first two days.' That's hard to do."
DiMarco eagled Nos. 9 and 16 and added six birdies. He played the last six holes in 6 under for his best round since 62 in the 2003 Phoenix Open. He has missed 15 cuts in 26 events this year.
"It's nice to be back in the hunt," DiMarco said. "It's a birdiefest out there. So for me to shoot 9 under today, I definitely played catchup, and that's all you want to do is play catchup and give yourself a chance for (today) on the back nine. That back nine is fun because a lot of things could change. A lot could be done."
Villegas' uncle slain: Ernesto Villegas Zuluaga, 56, uncle and godfather of Camilo Villegas, was shot and killed after two men tried to rob his business in Bogota, Colombia. Camilo Villegas, a former Gator, became the first Colombian to win a PGA event when he captured the BMW Championship in September.
Champions: Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot 5-under 67 to share the second-round lead in the Administaff Small Business Classic at the Woodlands, Texas. Langer, Lonnie Nielsen (68) and Brad Bryant (68) closed at 9-under 135. Sixteen players were within three shots of the lead.
LPGA: Brittany Lang shot 1-under 71 for a share of the second-round lead with Suzann Pettersen on Friday after two rounds in the inaugural Kapalua (Hawaii) Classic. Lang stayed aggressive despite the breezes that frustrated many, birdieing Nos.11 and 13 to match Pettersen (72) at 4-under 140.
European PGA: Robert Karlsson moved into contention for his third straight tour title, playing 16 holes in 6 under to share the lead in the suspended third round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. Karlsson, Ross Fisher (16 holes) and Alvaro Quiros (13 holes) were at 14 under when play was suspended because of an electrical storm. Soren Hansen (65) was the clubhouse leader at 13-under 203.