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Kim, Goggin share lead after third round in Cleveland
Westlake, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - For the second straight day there is a tie atop the leaderboard at the Cleveland Open as Mathew Goggin and Whee Kim share a 1-shot lead at 11-under-par 202 after three rounds.
Goggin (69), who held the lead throughout most of the day Saturday, made double-bogey on No. 17, dropping from 13-under to 11-under, where he currently stands. Kim fired a third-round 68 at Lakewood Country Club to move into a tie for first.
Jeff Curl entered the day tied for the lead with Goggin, and birdies on 13, 16 and 17 briefly put him in the outright lead at 12-under. However, a double- bogey on No. 18 dropped Curl (70) into a tie for third at 10-under.
Also joining Curl at 10-under-par 203 are Ryan Armour and Jason Gore, who both 66 in the third round.
Dawie van der Walt (65) and Jon Curran (67) are just two shots back of the lead at 9-under 204.
Steven Alker (65) and Aaron Watkins (70) are still very much in contention at 8-under 205, just three shots back of the lead. A total of eight players are tied for 10th at 7-under 206.
Goggin started his third round strong after shooting a second-round 62, which propelled him into a tie for first at 9-under. Goggin again went bogey-free through the first 16 holes Saturday, including birdies on Nos. 1, 6, 11 and 16.
"I drove the ball alright so I was in a pretty comfortable spot all day. I just wasn't able to hit the ball close," Goggin said. "I didn't play terribly, but when you come off a 62 and you didn't miss a shot and then hit half a dozen bad shots, you think you're the worst golfer in the world even when you're playing like everyone else."
The big blow for Goggin came on No. 17 when he double-bogeyed the par-4, dropping him two shots. At the same time, Goggin's playing partner Curl poured in his second straight birdie to take the lead at 12-under.
Curl's lead would not last long, however, as the 35-year-old 3-putted on No. 18 and made double-bogey to drop back a shot to 10-under.
"It's called golf," Curl said. "We've all done it. It's not the first time it's happened and I promise it won't be the last time."
Kim was rather consistent throughout most of the day. Kim would make birdie on the first hole, but he gave one back with a bogey on No. 4 before rattling off two straight birdies at five and six. He would add one more birdie on 12, while parring the rest of his holes, which all added up to Kim playing in the final pairing with Goggin in the final round.
Armour and Gore also shot up the leaderboard with their third-round 66s, putting them just 1-shot back of the leaders. With rounds of 65, van der Walt and Alker had the low scores of the day, putting them two and three shots back, respectively.
NOTES: A double-bogey on No. 17 ended a stretch of 34 straight holes without a bogey for Goggin ... A total of 22 players in the field are all within five shots of the lead entering the final round ... Max Homa, the leader after the first round, got back on track after his second-round 76 with a 69 Saturday. Homa is at 4-under 209 for the tournament.
06/07 20:07:32 ET
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