Sucher remains in lead at Midwest Classic

07/25/2014 9:50 PM

07/26/2014 9:44 PM

Overland Park, KS ( - Zack Sucher carded a third-round, 7- under 64 and he extended his lead to three shots heading into the final day at the Midwest Classic.

Looking for his first win on the Tour, Sucher finished 54 holes at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate at 20-under-par 193 and he holds a 3-shot lead over Aaron Watkins heading into Sunday.

Watkins also fired a 7-under 64 on day three and he is alone in second place at 17-under 196. Right behind him is Jason Gore at 14-under. Gore did not quite go as low in his round, finishing with a 68. He is six shots off the lead after beginning the day just two shots back.

Bill Lunde is in sole possession of fourth place at 13-under after his 66. Tom Hoge just missed out on the third 59 in Tour history, but he finished his day with an 11-under 60, vaulting him into a tie for fifth at 12-under. Hoge began the day 12 shots back.

Joining Hoge at minus-12 are Aron Price (63), Rod Pampling (64) and Shane Bertsch (66).

Sucher's lead was just one as he began his round with Hoge right behind him. Sucher did not begin his round well as he double-bogeyed the first hole to briefly drop out of the lead.

A birdie at the par-4 second got Sucher back on track and he pulled even with Hoge at minus-12. Sucher settled for five straight pars from No. 3 before pouring in three straight birdies from No. 8.

Already on a roll as he made the turn, Sucher made par at No. 11 and then rattled off four straight birdies from No. 12 to move to minus-6 for the day. Another birdie at No. 17 put Sucher at 7-under for the day and minus-20 for the week. He parred the final hole to finish there.

"It's hard to find something positive when you start out with a double," Sucher said. "I guess it was a really good two-putt. My irons were really good today, probably better than they were yesterday. The pins weren't so hard that you couldn't get close to them. The greens are soft and if you're hitting the ball well you can get to any of them."

Watkins had a relatively quiet front nine, making two birdies at two and nine to go along with seven pars.

Like Sucher, the back nine was where Watkins did his work. After starting the last nine with a birdie at No. 11 sandwiched in between pars at 10 and 12, Watkins made three straight birdies from No. 13. Watkins' final birdie of the day came at No. 17 and he ended his round with a par at the last.

Hoge started his round off right with a birdie at one, and it only got better from there. Another birdie at No. 3 preceded three straight birdies from No. 5.

Making the turn at minus-5 for the day, Hoge crushed the back nine as well with seven birdies and just two pars. Hoge made back-to-back gains at 12 and 13 as well as 17 and 18. He also dropped in birdies at 10 and 18 to complete an incredible round.

NOTES: While Sucher has never won on the Tour, he does have three top-10 finishes this year, with his most recent one coming at last week's Albertsons Boise Open, where he finished tied for fourth ... Watkins is also seeking his first win on tour ... Hoge nearly joined Will Wilcox (2013 Utah Championship) and Russell Knox (Albertsons Boise Open) as the only players to shoot a 59 on tour.

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