Puerto Rico Open - R3

Aaron Baddeley takes 1-stroke lead into final round

February 21-24
Coco Beach Golf & CC,  Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
$3,000,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Australia’s Aaron Baddeley fired a bogey-free six-under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Puerto Rico Open.


The 37-year-old Aussie, seeking his fifth tour triumph and first since the 2016 Barbasol Championship, stood on 12-under 204 after 54 holes at Rio Grande.

“My game has been in a good spot for a while,” he said. “It’s a good start to the year. I hope to keep building on it tomorrow and see what happens.”

American Nate Lashley birdied the 18th hole to grab second alone on 205, one stroke ahead of countryman Martin Trainer at the event, played while most of the world’s top talent competes this week at the WGC Mexico Championship.

Baddeley, whose best finish this season was a share of fourth at the campaign-launching Safeway Open last October in California, is excited about his chances.

Baddeley opened with back-to-back birdies, a wedge on his approach at the par-5 second the key shot there.

“It’s always windy here so to get a couple birdies early was good,” said Baddeley.

He followed with birdies at the par-5 fifth, par-4 ninth, par-3 11th and par-5 15th.


Lashley and Trainer hope to capture their first PGA titles.

Lashley sandwiched an eagle between bogeys at the first and third holes, then birdied the ninth and answered a bogey at 11 with birdies at 12 and 13 ahead of his closing birdie.

“Hopefully tomorrow I can control my nerves and win the golf tournament,” Lashley said. “I’m making good putts, driving it real well. I just have to do everything solid.”

Trainer is trying to battle through in his debut season as well.

“There’s a lot of pressure,” he said. “This is my first time I’ve truly been in contention at a PGA Tour event. I’m going to try and stay calm out there but I know I’ll be really nervous and just do the best I can.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-12
70
68
66
204
2
Nate Lashley
USA
-11
68
68
69
205
3
Martin Trainer
USA
-10
70
67
69
206
T4
Joey Garber
USA
-9
68
74
65
207
T4
Martin Piller
USA
-9
68
73
66
207
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-9
70
68
69
207
T4
Johnson Wagner
USA
-9
69
69
69
207
T4
D. J. Trahan
USA
-9
69
67
71
207
T9
Roberto Castro
USA
-8
68
72
68
208
T9
Andres Romero
ARG
-8
66
73
69
208
T9
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-8
71
67
70
208
T9
Ben Crane
USA
-8
68
69
71
208
T9
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-8
68
68
72
208
14
Roger Sloan
CAN
-7
70
67
72
209
T15
Boo Weekley
USA
-6
72
73
65
210
T15
J. J. Henry
USA
-6
74
69
67
210
T15
Matthew Every
USA
-6
72
70
68
210
T15
Daniel Berger
USA
-6
70
71
69
210
T15
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-6
70
71
69
210
T15
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-6
71
69
70
210
T15
Kramer Hickok
USA
-6
69
71
70
210
T22
Cameron Davis
AUS
-5
73
71
67
211
T22
Brian Davis
ENG
-5
69
74
68
211
T22
Parker McLachlin
USA
-5
72
70
69
211
T22
Scott Brown
USA
-5
71
71
69
211
T22
Martin Flores
USA
-5
69
73
69
211
T22
David Hearn
CAN
-5
68
73
70
211
T22
Sepp Straka
AUT
-5
67
73
71
211
T22
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-5
71
68
72
211
T22
Curtis Luck
AUS
-5
70
68
73
211
T31
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-4
74
71
67
212
T31
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-4
71
71
70
212
T31
Julian Etulain
ARG
-4
72
70
70
212
T31
Shawn Stefani
USA
-4
70
71
71
212
T31
Ryan Blaum
USA
-4
70
70
72
212
T36
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
75
69
69
213
T36
Robert Streb
USA
-3
75
69
69
213
T36
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
71
73
69
213
T36
Brendon Todd
USA
-3
70
73
70
213
T36
Alex Kang
USA
-3
68
75
70
213
T36
Ken Duke
USA
-3
71
72
70
213
T36
Austen Truslow
USA
-3
70
71
72
213
T43
Ben Griffin
CAN
-2
74
71
69
214
T43
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-2
71
74
69
214
T43
John Chin
USA
-2
74
70
70
214
T43
Zac Blair
USA
-2
71
73
70
214
T43
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
72
72
70
214
T43
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
72
71
71
214
T43
Tim Herron
USA
-2
71
71
72
214
T50
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
69
75
71
215
T50
Tom Lovelady
USA
-1
70
73
72
215
T50
D. A. Points
USA
-1
71
72
72
215
T50
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
72
71
72
215
T50
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
70
72
73
215
T50
Jim Knous
USA
-1
71
70
74
215
T50
Rafael Campos
PRI
-1
73
68
74
215
T57
Bryson Nimmer
USA
Par
69
75
72
216
T57
Chad Campbell
USA
Par
70
74
72
216
T57
Billy Hurley III
USA
Par
74
69
73
216
T60
John Senden
AUS
1
74
69
74
217
T60
Tom Hoge
USA
1
70
72
75
217
T62
Charlie Wi
KOR
2
74
71
73
218
T62
Jonathan Kaye
USA
2
73
72
73
218
T62
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
2
68
77
73
218
T62
Robert Allenby
AUS
2
72
73
73
218
T62
Chris Couch
USA
2
70
75
73
218
T62
Chris Thompson
USA
2
74
71
73
218
T62
Matt Jones
AUS
2
72
72
74
218
T62
Peter Uihlein
USA
2
71
73
74
218
T62
Tyler Duncan
USA
2
71
73
74
218
T62
Derek Ernst
USA
2
72
70
76
218
72
Arjun Atwal
IND
3
72
73
74
219
73
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
4
71
74
75
220
T74
Wes Roach
USA
5
74
71
76
221
T74
Chad Collins
USA
5
71
74
76
221
CUT
Charlie Beljan
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
2
69
77
146
CUT
Frank Lickliter
USA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
2
71
75
146
CUT
Jay McLuen
USA
2
77
69
146
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Nick Heinen
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Ricky Barnes
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
William Cannon
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Edward Figueroa
USA
3
71
76
147
CUT
George McNeill
USA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
NOR
3
72
75
147
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
71
76
147
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Taylor Pendrith
CAN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
3
76
71
147
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Chris Smith
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
David Duval
USA
4
79
69
148
CUT
Derek Lamely
USA
4
78
70
148
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Hunter Hamrick
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jason Bohn
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
John Merrick
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
4
75
73
148
CUT
Troy Matteson
USA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
5
71
78
149
CUT
Spike McRoy
USA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Todd Hamilton
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Dicky Pride
USA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Yuwa Kosaihira
JAP
6
76
74
150
CUT
Angel Cabrera
ARG
7
73
78
151
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
7
74
77
151
CUT
Daniel Chopra
SWE
7
75
76
151
CUT
Jeronimo Esteve
PUR
7
75
76
151
CUT
John Rollins
USA
7
77
74
151
CUT
Ted Purdy
USA
7
77
74
151
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Eric Axley
USA
8
75
77
152
CUT
Max Alverio
PRI
8
78
74
152
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
9
78
75
153
CUT
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
9
79
74
153
CUT
Kyle Sanders
USA
9
75
78
153
CUT
Alexander Hicks
USA
10
77
77
154
CUT
Cameron Beckman
USA
10
75
79
154
CUT
Hiram Silfa
DOM
10
71
83
154
CUT
Heath Slocum
USA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Marc Turnesa
USA
11
76
79
155
CUT
Robert Gamez
USA
12
77
79
156
RET
Jason Gore
USA
Par
0
RET
Neal Lancaster
USA
Par
83
83
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