Overton in control at Greenbrier

Reuters - Sun, 01 Aug 00:02:00 2010

American Jeff Overton has a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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American Jeff Overton, seeking his maiden US Tour title, shrugged off a poor start to take a three-shot lead in the third round of the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Four strokes ahead of the field overnight, Overton bogeyed the second and fifth holes before recovering form on the way to a four-under-par 66 on the Old White Course at The Greenbrier.

Several blisteringly low scores were posted by some of his rivals on the rain-softened layout but Overton got his own round back on track with five birdies after the turn to finish at 18-under 192.

Fellow American DA Points fired a sizzling 10-birdie 61 to vault into second place with double US Tour winner Boo Weekley a further two strokes back at 13 under after carding a 67.

Big-hitting US Ryder Cup player JB Holmes produced the lowest round of the day, a brilliant 60 lifting him into a four-way tie for fourth at 12 under.

Holmes recorded 11 birdies and a lone bogey at the par-three third to end the day level with compatriots Jonathan Byrd (64) and Jimmy Walker (67), and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge (65).

"I was hitting it close," Holmes said of his lowest round on the US Tour. "I hit three inside a foot, so I was definitely on with the wedges today.

"I was putting pretty good, I was doing everything pretty good today. You know, when it all clicks like that, golf is a lot of fun."

The American returned the fourth score of 60 or better on the US circuit in the last month, following the 59 by Paul Goydos and the 60 by Steve Stricker in the John Deere Classic first round and the 60 by Carl Pettersson in the Canadian Open third round.

"If I had shot 60 maybe this time last year, it would probably get a little more attention than it's probably gonna get," said Holmes whose round included a missed birdie putt from just three feet at the 11th.

"But there's been a lot of great scores lately."

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