The McGladrey Classic: Chris Kirk and Briny Baird on top of a congested leaderboard
Chris Kirk and Briny Baird both birdied the final hole to share the lead after the third round of the McGladrey Classic.
Last Updated: 10/11/13 10:41pm
The duo moved clear at the top of a congested leaderboard, with 12 players being split by only four shots, when both finished their third round with a flourish.
Kirk, who had bogeyed the sixth and 12th before a run of three straight birdies from the 13th onwards, holed a 25-foot putt to sign for a two-under score of 68.
Fellow American Baird went one better as an eight-footer dropped to give him a 67. The 41-year-old, who missed the entire 2013 season following surgery on both shoulders, is still searching for his maiden victory on the US PGA Tour in his 365th start.
The leaders are one clear of compatriots Kevin Stadler and Brian Gay, who managed rounds of 65 and 66 respectively, and Australian John Senden (68).
Brenden Todd and Scott Brown are then on eight under with Jason Kokrak a further shot back after his 69 that saw him manage two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine at the Seaside Course.
The top eight players have combined for seven career wins on the PGA Tour, with Gay accounting for four of those.
That means Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson will both fancy their chances from four shots back, with the latter slipping back to six under after completing his work for the day with a bogey at the last green.
Joint-leader Kirk said: "It's sort of anybody's game. Obviously, I'm happy to be tied for the lead right now because that's one less shot that I've got to go get tomorrow.
"But I've got to go play a really good round tomorrow, and hope that nobody plays a really great round."