PGA: Adam Long takes the lead

PGA: Adam Long takes the lead

With an impressive third round of 64 (-8), American Adam Long took the lead at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, a PGA tournament that continued in the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Fifth after 36 holes, Long had a full day on the greens at Corales Golf Club where he recorded eight birdies. With only one round to go, he has a cumulative 199 (-17) and is two strokes ahead of his closest rival.

Leader after two rounds, American Hudson Swafford slipped to second after posting a score of 69 (-3) on Saturday. In the previous two rounds, he had handed in cards of 65 and 67. Besides a buggy at the start of the course, Swafford nevertheless managed an eagle and two birdies.

Canadian Mackenzie Hughes continued his climb in the standings, now in third place. His performance of 67 (-5) on Saturday allowed him to climb two ranks and stay three shots from the top.

After registering one boguey and three birdies on the nine to go, the 29-year-old Ontarian ended the day strong with three birdies on the last four holes.

With a cumulative score of 203 (-13), China's Xinjun Zhang is fourth. For their part, Americans Nate Lashley and Sean O'Hair are fifth, five shots from the head.

Hearn rising

The only other Canadian still in contention in Punta Cana, Ontarian David Hearn played a round of 69 (-3) which allowed him to climb to 36th place. With a total of 2010 (-6), he is 11 strokes behind the leader.

Graham DeLaet, Michael Gligic, Roger Sloan and Corey Conners all fell victim to the ax on Friday.

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