American Troy Merritt moved up eight places and grabbed a two-point lead after 54 holes at the Barracuda Championship.
Merritt hit two eagles – including a 53-foot putt on the 18th – and four birdies in a blemish-free third round for a score of 18 and an overall total of 37 points.
The Barracuda Championship – at the Montreux Golf and Country Club – uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.
Leader @TroyMerritt_PGA has 37 points after 54 holes @CudaChamp.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 28, 2019
• Double Eagle: 8 points
• Eagle: 5 points
• Birdie: 2 points
• Par: 0 points
• Bogey: -1 point
• Double Bogey or more: -3 points
What would your 18-hole score be in this format? pic.twitter.com/l2q1xZf0N3
Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.
Fellow American Robert Streb, the leader after the completion of the weather-delayed second round, sits in second place on 35 points.
The 32-year-old, who picked up 12 points in the second round, scored 10 points in the third round after finishing with a birdie and three straight pars.
Scotland’s Martin Laird is in a four-way tie for 10th on 28 points after recovering from a double-bogey on the par-three seventh to make seven birdies and 10 pars.