American local favourite Scott McCarron used a front nine to get the lead in final round of the U.S. PGA Tours Reno-Tahoe Open.
McCarron, a three-times PGA tour winner , shot an incredible 30 through the front nine and had four birdies in his first seven holes and added an eagle at the par-five ninth. The 45-year-old McCarron was playing at his home Montreux Golf & Country Club course in Reno, made three bogeys on the back nine and two additional birdies assuring the gain from flying start. McCarron now lies 10 under heading into the final round, held a one-shot lead over compatriots John Mallinger and co-leader Robert Garrigus.
Canada’s Graham DeLaet climbed up into a tie as he produced 10 birdies, including five in a row, and equalize the course record after he hit a fired a bogey of 62 to move into a share of fourth.
American Craig Barlow (67) and Australia’s Rod Pampling posted 67 in the third round, were tied with DeLaet, a 28-year-old from Saskatchewan on Saturday.
American Matt Bettencourt, who shared the lead with Garrigus, shot 75 for 209 after the second round, fell down to seventh position into a tie. Garrigus was unlucky as he dropped a shot at the last hole and denied a share of the lead as he finished with a one-over par round of 73. Mallinger, was in threatening position after the third round of 71. He was just two shots back after the second round on Friday,