Laird grabs third-round Vegas lead

Oct. 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Martin Laird fired an 8-under 63 Saturday, notching an eagle en route to a third-round lead at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Laird eagled the 15th hole and saved par at the 16th after hitting into the water, finishing the day at 19-under 194, one stroke better than second-round leader Jonathan Byrd.

Laird has done well at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old Scotsman's only other PGA Tour win came at the course last year following a three-way playoff with Chad Campbell and George McNeill.

Byrd made a charge at the end Saturday, closing with a birdie to pull within a shot of the leader. He placed his approach to within a couple feet of the pin at the 18th and closed out the round with a 66, improving to minus-18.

Cameron Percy (62) and Webb Simpson (64) shared third place at 17 under 196.

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