SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — Mark Sheftic birdied the final two holes at rainy and windy Sunriver Resort for a share of the third-round lead Tuesday in the PGA Professional National Championship.
Sheftic, a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., shot a 1-under 71 at Crosswater Club to match playing partner Chip Sullivan at 8-under 207.
"People normally call the third round 'Moving Day,' I call it 'Survival Day,'" the 38-year-old Sheftic said.
He had five birdies — holing a 10-footer on the par-3 17th and a 12-footer on the par-4 18th — and four bogeys.
"The pins were tough. The conditions were tough," Sheftic said. "My whole mindset today was grind it out. ... So, you tell yourself, 'Don't quit. Try to build some momentum, whether you were one back or in the lead.'"
The 48-year-old Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, also had a 71.
"This course is playing totally different than it was in '07," Sullivan said. "It was firm and fast then, now it is wet, and balls are plugging in the fairways. The distance control has been really tricky. It gets warm on second and then it rains. I think that I put my rainsuit on eight to 10 times today. I'm worn out."
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