ENDICOTT, N.Y., July 20 (UPI) -- Shaun Micheel finished his second round in tremendous fashion early Saturday, then shot a 5-under-par 67 in the third round to maintain a three-shot lead with 18 holes to go at the B.C. Open.
Winless in three years on the PGA Tour, Micheel recorded a hole-in-one and a birdie to finish off the rain-delayed second round with a 65. It gave him a three-stroke cushion that he protected with an eagle, four birdies and a bogey in the afternoon.
"It was a nice thing to have happen to me today to finish the second round," Micheel said. "I'm glad the day's over. Hopefully, I can go out and make some early birdies tomorrow and separate myself some. I wasn't going to win the tournament today."
A 33-year-old graduate of the Buy.com Tour, Micheel's 19-under 197 is the lowest 54-hole score at this event since 1996. He is within range of the 72-hole record of 265, set in 1982 by Calvin Peete.
"I've never led after three days on this tour," said Micheel, who has a pair of fifth-place ties for his best PGA finishes. "I think I led or was tied for the lead on the Buy.com Tour when I won."
Australian Paul Gow matched Micheel's 67, closing with a birdie to get to 16-under 200 and within three strokes.
Micheel completed 15 holes Friday when play was suspended due to darkness. He was back on the course Saturday morning and made a five-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th hole. Using a 7-iron, he aced the 162-yard 17th.