Bart Bryant matched the PGA Tour's lowest round of the year with a 10-under 60 to build a three-shot lead over Hunter Mahan in the Texas Open in San Antonio. Bryant's score broke the single-day course record on the La Cantera Golf Club course and left him at 16-under 194 after three rounds.
The round tied the 60 shot by Robert Gamez in January at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
The previous mark at the Texas Open was 61, set by Garrett Willis in 2002 and matched by Ted Purdy in Thursday's opening round.
Bryant said he's had chances to compete for titles in the past, but he would pull back in the end.
"I think it was the fear of just not being able to finish it off," said Bryant, whose best PGA outcome is seventh in the 1991 Honda Classic. "I promised myself next time I'm playing well, I'm going to try to get the lead by as much as I can and try to stay there and not fear what the outcome might be."
Mahan (62) was at 197, while Joe Ogilvie shot a 61 to join Pat Perez (63), Todd Fischer (63), Tim Clark (64), Patrick Sheehan (65), Scott Simpson (66), Ryan Palmer (67) and J.J. Henry (67) at 198.
Henry was tied with Mahan, but he lipped out a 10-foot par putt on the 18th for his second bogey of the day.
Second-round leader Dean Wilson and Heath Slocum (64) were another shot back at 199. Wilson shot an even-par 70 yesterday.
Bryant, who started the day well back at 6 under, birdied six of his first eight holes for a 29 on the front. On the 7th and 8th, both par-4s, he hit 90-yard approach shots five feet from the hole for birdies. On No. 9, he left a 10-foot birdie putt a few inches short.
"The whole way around, I was really trying to shoot 59," he said. "My goal was to be 10 under going into that last hole and given myself a putt at it."
After birdies on three of the first five holes on the back to get to 15 under, Bryant ran off four straight pars. It looked like another par on the par-4 18th, but he made a 29-foot putt for his 10th birdie of the round.
"I had a perfect spot between me and the hole to aim at, and I just hit it the right speed," he said.
Mahan, 22, lost a four-man playoff in the Reno-Tahoe Open last month, an experience he says takes away some of the nerves.
"I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing all week," he said. "Not worry about the leader board, not worry about anybody else, just do what you can do and just play my game."
Beginning the day at 5 under, Mahan birdied the par-5 1st, and then he held par on six straight holes before he made a 19-foot putt for birdie on No. 8 and a 10-footer for birdie on the 9th.
He heated up on the back nine, making birdies on four consecutive holes beginning with a 16-foot putt on the 11th. He fared well on both of the par-3s on the back side by hitting within five feet on the 13th and three feet on the 17th.
* LPGA: Candie Kung and Lorie Kane overcame the wind and the rain -- and a rally by Annika Sorenstam -- to top the Safeway Classic leader board in Portland, Ore.
"There will be some people that this weather bothers, but I'm not going to let it bother me," Kane said. "Simple as that."
Kung shot a 4-under 68 to match Kane (69) at 7-under 137, two strokes ahead of two-time defending champion Sorenstam, Janice Moodie and Carin Koch with a round left.
Grace Park (69) and Christina Kim (71) were in a group at 4 under after enduring wind gusts to 24 mph and occasional downpours at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Sorenstam started the day at 2 under, then quietly crept up the leader board, reaching 5 under until a bogey on the par-4 15th knocked her back.
She recovered on the par-4 18th, holing a 40-foot birdie putt.
"It was a sweet finish," she said.