Valdosta, GA (Sports Network) - Will Wilcox fired a course-record, 9-under 63
on Saturday and opened a 7-stroke lead through three rounds of the South
Wilcox didn't drop a shot until his final hole, picking up eight birdies and
an eagle in all. At 16-under-par 200, the Alabama native set the 54-hole
tournament record and comfortably positioned himself for his first career
Web.com Tour victory.
First-round leader Ryan Spears used an inward 31 to card a 4-under 68 at
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. The Web.com Tour rookie is tied for second place
with D.J. Brigman (67) and Michael Putnam (70) at 9-under.
Overnight leader Hudson Swafford (72) and Andrew Loupe (71) share fifth place
Wilcox birdied his first hole on Saturday to join Swafford at the top and he
never looked back.
Swafford birdied the second, but Wilcox, playing a group ahead the overnight
leader, also picked up a birdie on No. 2, then went on top for good with
another gain on the fourth.
Wilcox made birdie again on No. 6 and closed his front nine with a trio of
pars before significantly padding his margin on the back. He parred the 10th
and then went on a scorching run, picking up three birdies and an eagle on the
par-4 12th over his next four holes.
Another birdie on the 16th pushed Wilcox's lead to eight, but he finally
slipped up on the par-4 last with a bogey.
"I just hit it nice and I putted good. I just made good birdies on holes I
needed to. My swing felt good and my putting feels great, that's the main
thing," Wilcox said. "I know I'm sitting nice, but these are really good
players and this is a really good golf course. It's not like I'm going to
waltz around here (Sunday). I have to try and keep it in front of me."
Despite the dropped shot, Wilcox still managed to best the course record of
64, most recently set by Woody Austin in 2012, and the 54-hole record of 204,
last set by 2012 champion Luke List.
Swafford is a University of Georgia product whose only career Web.com Tour win
came in this state at the Stadion Classic last year. He couldn't match the
form of his second-round 67, carding just two birdies, while bogeying twice en
route to his even-par round.
NOTES: Wilcox's best finish on the Web.com Tour this season is a tie for 12th
at the Chile Classic. This is his 49th start on the Web.com Tour ... At 7,781
yards, the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club is the longest on the Web.com Tour.
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