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Gonzales still in front at Soboba Classic

San Jacinto, CA (Sports Network) - A pair of birdies on the back nine Saturday kept Andres Gonzales in the lead after three rounds of the Soboba Golf Classic.

Gonzales, who has been in first after every round so far, fired a three-under 68 to reach eight-under par 205. He is two strokes ahead of Adam Hadwin and Andrew Svoboda, who sit a minus-six.

Hadwin carded a 65 to fly up the leaderboard, and was tied with Gonzales until the leader's late run. Svoboda shot a five-under 66 to grab his share of second place.

Michael Letzig is alone in fourth after his 67 moved him from par to four- under.

Nobody else got close to the lead Saturday, when a number of players turned in rounds in the 60s. But because the first two rounds had been so tough for the vast majority of the field -- only 11 players sat below par after Friday -- Gonzales didn't have to post an extremely low number to stay in first. He has been the only player to shoot below par for every round so far.

"With what the course was showing this week, there haven't been a lot of low scores," said Gonzales. "I figured there might be a couple today but I also thought that if I could put anything up in the 60s I'd be in pretty good shape."

Hadwin teed off well before Gonzales and started rising up the leaderboard with a bogey-free round. The Canadian sank birdies at two and five to make the turn at two-under, then quickly moved to minus-four thanks to birdies at 10 and 11.

Gonzales began his round at minus-five and gave himself some cushion with a birdie at the second. He gave the stroke back with a bogey at four, but immediately moved back to six-under at the next hole.

It was a crucial birdie, because Hadwin reached minus-six later on his back nine. He rolled in attempts at the 14th and 17th, both par fours.

"I hit it close all day. My first five birdies were all inside of five feet. When you're hitting it that good, it's tough to really fall apart," Hadwin said.

Hadwin parred the last to remain at six-under, and Gonzales stayed tied with him around the turn. But he moved back in front at the 10th, and a final birdie at the 14th extended his lead to two.

Svoboda only moved up into a tie with Hadwin thanks to a strong close. He birdied his final three holes to head into the clubhouse with a 66.

NOTES: Gonzales, Svoboda, Hadwin and Letzig have never won on the Nationwide Tour. Svoboda and Gonzales tied for second at the season-opening Colombia Championship...Hadwin's 65 is the lowest round of the tournament.

04/07 21:49:05 ET


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