Martin, Rodgers share lead

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Ben Martin, chasing his first PGA title since 2014, and fellow American Patrick Rodgers, seeking his first tour victory, shared the lead after Saturday’s third round of the RSM Classic.

Rodgers reeled off four birdies in a row on the back nine on his way to a six-under-par 64 at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

“It was a great day out there,” Rodgers said.

“I’m just excited to put some good rounds together and it was nice to get on a roll there on the back nine.”

Martin missed a five-foot par putt at 18, making his first bogey in 41 holes to settle for 65, joining Rodgers on 14-under 198 for 54 holes.

“It was just the way you want to draw up a golf round,” Martin said.

“I was hitting my targets off the tee, giving myself plenty of opportunities on the greens, and seeing a few putts go in.”

Canada’s Adam Svensson, a back-nine starter, birdied six of his last eight holes to fire a 62 and share third on 199 with Americans Andrew Putnam and Sahith Theegala.

A pack on 200 included Canada’s Taylor Pendrith and Americans Harry Higgs, Brian Harman, Alex Smalley, Taylor Montgomery, Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler.

Players competed for two rounds on the par-72 Plantation course and par-70 Seaside course, with the last 36 holes over the Seaside layout.

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