Australian rookie Brendan Jones shot a 6-under 66 yesterday to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y.
Jones, whose best PGA Tour finish this year was a tie for 14th at the Zurich Classic, finished at 19-under 197, one shot off the tournament record for 54 holes set in 1982 by Calvin Peete and matched two years ago by Steve Lowery.
One shot back were Ryan Palmer (67), Jason Bohn (66) and India's Arjun Atwal (65), who had a chance to tie Jones but missed a four-foot birdie putt at 18.
John Rollins, Canadian David Hearn and J.P. Hayes began the day tied and finished the same way as each carded 64 to finish at 17-under 199. They were even with second-round leader David Edwards (70) and Matt Hendrix (69), who each rallied on the back side after faltering early.
Michael Bradley and Jim McGovern each shot 64 and were tied with Sweden's Mathias Gronberg (68), another stroke back.
Barring a meltdown by every one of the leaders, the tournament record of 22-under 266 is almost certain to fall. Jeff Sluman and Paul Gow established the mark in 2001, four years after the En-Joie Golf Club course was renovated for the 1997 tournament. Calvin Peete shot 265 in 1982, when En-Joie played to par 71.
The PGA record for 72 holes is 26 under (254) by Tommy Armour at the 2003 Bolero Texas Open on a par-70 course.
* LPGA TOUR: Janice Moodie patiently worked her way through tricky wind conditions at picturesque Glen Arbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Moodie topped the Canadian Women's Open field for the third straight round, shooting an even-par 72 for a one-stroke lead over Angela Stanford.
* MEN'S PUBLIC LINKS: Clay Ogden, who beat Michelle Wie in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links championship, won the title with a 1-up victory over Martin Ureta in Lebanon, Ohio. Ogden, a junior at Brigham Young, earned the invitation to next April's Masters that had been coveted by the 15-year-old Wie, who was trying to become the first female in the tournament. Ogden and Ureta, a junior at North Carolina, both earned exemptions into this year's U.S. Amateur.
* WOMEN'S PUBLIC LINKS: Eun Jun Lee of South Korea rallied from five holes down and defeated Tiffany Chudy with a par putt on the 37th hole in the first-ever playoff at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship. Chudy, a sophomore at Florida, was up by one going into the 36th, but missed a four-foot par putt that could have clinched a victory at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo.