Barber grabs share of BMW Charity Pro-Am lead

The Sports NetworkMay 16, 2014 

Greer, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Blayne Barber carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Barber, who is coming off a win at the South Georgia Classic, finished three rounds at 14-under-par 201 to join Ryan Blaum and Matt Davidson atop the leaderboard.

Davidson, like Barber, played The Reserve at Lake Keowee course and fired a 5- under 67 to earn his share of the lead, while Blaum shot a 3-under 68 at Thornblade Club to also end at 14-under.

"The goal out here is always to win," Blaum said. "I feel I've been playing well enough to win the last four or five events."

Second-round co-leader Kyle Reifers managed a 1-under 70 to fall into a tie for fourth place with Jon Curran (66) at 13-under. They both played Thornblade Club on Saturday.

Max Homa carded a 70 and Gavin Coles shot 69 at Lake Keowee to join David Skinns in sixth at 12-under 203. Skinns carded a 3-under 68 at Thornblade Club.

The tournament was also being contested at Green Valley Country Club, but the final round will be played at the tournament's host site, Thornblade Club.

Barber opened his round with birdies at the first and third to jump to 12- under, and traded a bogey at the fourth with a birdie at the fifth to remain there.

He later rolled in back-to-back gains at the eighth and ninth to make the turn at 14-under.

Bogeys at the 10th and 12th around a birdie at the 11th dropped him to minus-13, but he moved back to 14-under with a birdie at the 14th and parred his final four holes to finish there.

Blaum parred his first six holes before rolling in consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth. A bogey at the ninth halted his momentum and dropped him to 12-under.

After dropping another shot at the 13th, Blaum followed an eagle at the 15th with a birdie at the 16th to earn his share of the lead.

Davidson birdied the third and fourth to move to 11-under. He later countered a bogey at the seventh with back-to-back birdies at the ninth and 10th to reach minus-12.

He traded a bogey for a birdie from the 13th to stay there before closing his round with birdies at the 17th and 18th to finish at 14-under.

"It's awesome. It's definitely more exciting than if it was a different tournament," said Davidson, who went to school at nearby Greenville College. "It was fun to play with all those people watching."

Reifers was at 14-under through 17 holes by countering an opening bogey with three birdies, but tripped to a bogey at the last to end a shot off the pace.

NOTES: Davidson and Blaum are both seeking their first career win on the Web.com Tour ... With the use of the three courses, the cut was made Saturday. The cut line fell at 6-under-par 209 and 75 players advanced to the final round ... Barber is looking to become the first player since Michael Putnam in 2013 to win in consecutive starts on tour.

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