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Hadwin leads by 1 in Chile
Santiago, Chile (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Hadwin carded a 5-under 67 on Saturday and that helped him jump into the lead after 54 holes of the Chile Classic.
Hadwin finished three rounds at 13-under-par 203. He will go for his first Web.com Tour title on Sunday.
Manuel Villegas fired an 8-under 64 and soared 36 places into a share of second. He stands at minus-12 and was joined there by Kyle Reifers (68) and Scott Pinckney (67).
Second-round leader Garth Mulroy (70) and Alistair Presnell (65) are tied for fifth at 11-under 205 at Prince of Wales Country Club.
Fernando Mechereffe fired a 7-under 65 to move to 10-under 206. Mechereffe and second-round leader Byron Smith (75) headline a group of eight players tied for seventh.
Hadwin was five back to start the third round. He started his climb up the leaderboard with birdies at the third and sixth. After a pair of pars, Hadwin birdied the ninth to move to 11-under.
The Canadian birdied the par-3 11th and that gave him a share of the lead. He quickly dropped one back as he bogeyed the 12th.
Hadwin bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 14th. That again gave him a piece of the lead and he remained there as he parred the next three holes. Hadwin closed with a birdie at the par-5 18th to grab a 1-shot lead.
"Some might say I'm a little more conservative off the tee than others. I've hit a lot of 4-irons off the tees. I'm coming into greens with 8-irons or 9- irons instead of challenging it," Hadwin explained. "I haven't been in too much trouble this week and I feel like I'm starting to play smart golf and play to my strengths."
Villegas was 4-under par through four holes with two birdies and an eagle. He tripped to a bogey on the seventh to dip to minus-7. Around the turn, the Colombian birdied every other hole from the 10th. Those five birdies vaulted him into a share of second.
Reifers had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. After four straight pars to open his back nine, Reifers birdied three of four holes from the 14th to leap to 12-under. He parred the last to end there.
Pinckney carded three birdies on the front side. He traded a birdie for a bogey from the 10th. After back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14, Pinckney faltered to a bogey on the 16th. However, he closed with a birdie at the last to finish alongside Villegas and Reifers in second place.
NOTES: Mark Hubbard had the third hole-in-one of the week as he aced the par-3 11th ... Roger Sloan and Jake Younan aced the same hole earlier in the tournament ... Mechereffe became the first player this week to have two eagles in his round.
03/08 19:17:50 ET
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