Danny Edwards, a race car driver from Edmond, Okla., cruised around Kingsmill in three-under-par 68, and first- and second-round leader Lon Hinkle had a few back-nine wrecks in today's third round of the $500,000 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.
Edwards stands at 11-under-par 202, and owns a one-stroke lead over Mark Wiebe, who eagled the seventh hole and added six birdies for 64 and 203.
At 204 are former Busch Classic winner John Mahaffey (67 today), career nonwinner Mike Reid (69), Roger Maltbie (70) and Keith Fergus (71).
At 205 are Mike Hulbert (68) and Frank Connor (70). Curtis Strange, the PGA's leading money winner this year, shot 70 and is at 206 with four others.
Hinkle, who led after rounds of 64 and 68, fell into a tie with Edwards by bogeying the 14th hole, then fell way back with double bogeys at holes 15 and 18. Hinkle shot 76 for 208.
Hinkle's first misfortune occurred at the par-5 15th. There, he duck-hooked his tee shot out of bounds and took 7. He had further misery at the par-4 18th hole, where he pulled his second shot left of the green and into a hazard, and took 6.
Edwards, 34, said he has been playing well since he tied for sixth three weeks ago at Atlanta. This week, he switched to a cross-handed putting style.
"I feel like I'm a very good player," said Edwards. "I'm doing some experimenting with my putting. I hit some pretty good ones, but they didn't drop."
Birdie putts that did drop were on the fourth, 14th and 15th holes, which vaulted him past a faltering Hinkle. Edwards just missed birdie putts and had to settle for par on his final two holes.
Strange, playing his home course, started the day three shots behind Hinkle, and birdied the second and fourth holes to pull within one of the lead.
Strange, who has earned $520,081 this season and needs $10,727 to become the all-time single-season money earner, then fell back with bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes.
On the par-5 seventh, Strange's third shot went just over the green and he chipped up and missed a four-foot putt.
In a greenside bunker in two shots on the par-4 eighth, he blasted too firmly from the sand, and had to chip and one-putt to save bogey.
Wiebe eagled the par-5 seventh hole after hitting a three-wood second shot five feet from the hole. He had three other front-nine birdies to be out in 31 to pull within striking distance.
Wiebe, whose best finish was a tie for fourth at Westchester in June, then birdied holes No. 11 and 13, but bogeyed the 17th. "On the 17th tee, I said to myself, 'Hey, I haven't made any bogeys yet,' " said Wiebe, 27, who has been to qualifying school eight times. "So I go out and make bogey."
But Wiebe came back on the final hole with a big drive, a wedge approach shot to the green and a 15-foot birdie putt for the sixth 64 of the week on a course made easier by rain-softened greens. The course record is 63.
Defending champion Ronnie Black shot 72 for 212.
Donnie Hammond, formerly of Frederick, Md., and now living in Daytona Beach, Fla., shot 70 for 208. Tony DeLuca of Vienna, Va., shot 74 and stands at 215.