The top of a PGA Tour leaderboard isn’t totally new territory to Adam Long. The former Duke player is perhaps most famous for edging Phil Mickelson at last year’s Desert Classic in La Quinta, California.
Now Long has an opportunity to log a win in a second consecutive season.
The 33-year-old Long will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship at Corales Golf Club in the Dominican Republic.
Long’s third-round 64 was as good a score as any player posted on Saturday. Only Anirban Lahiri, who remains three shots back in a tie for seventh, could match it.
Long, who is fresh off a T-13 at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, got to that 8-under number with four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back. He didn’t make a single bogey and is now 17 under for 54 holes.
As Long looks to bag his second PGA Tour win, the man behind him is doing the same. Hudson Swafford had a third-round 69 that pushed him to 15 under and guaranteed him a spot in Sunday’s final pairing alongside Long.
Swafford sole Tour win came at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge.
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes is solo third at 14 under followed by China’s Xinjun Zhang at 13 under.
Nate Lashley, in a tie for fifth at 12 under, deserves a second look thanks to a bit of familiarity. The 37-year-old fired a third-round 65, his lowest score on the PGA Tour in more than a year. Lashley was a winner at Corales in 2017 at the Korn Ferry Tour event hosted there.
A Masters invitation will be up for grabs on Sunday for the Corales winner.