Date: September 29, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Gardiner leads in Florida

Australia&aposs Scott Gardiner is well-placed to earn himself a PGA Tour card for the 2014 season after taking the outright lead at the Tour Championship on Saturday. Gardiner, 37, shot a five-under 65 to move to 10 under overall at Dye&aposs Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Americans Chesson Hadley and Joe Durant are a shot behind Gardiner in a share of second. Starting his day with an eagle on the par-five first, Gardiner handed a shot straight back on the next hole before rounding out his front nine with three consecutive birdies. Another dropped shot at 13 did not help Gardiner&aposs cause, but a strong finish with birdies on 14 and 18 left him eyeing the main prize. Sitting in 11th spot in the Tour finals money list, Gardiner is all but assured of not falling out of the top 25 after this tournament – which would ensure him of a PGA Tour card next year. Rod Pampling is the next best Australian, sitting tied for sixth on six under after a two-under 68. Aron Price fell down the leaderboard during the third round, as he carded a two-over 72 to drop to a share of 18th spot on four under. Nathan Green is tied for 25th on three under overall after battling back into contention in his past 36 holes following a poor first round. Nick O&aposHern, Nick Flanagan and Adam Crawford are at two under, while Ashley Hall went even par in his third round to stay at one under.