TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dudley Hart, 23, shot a 7-under-par 65 in the third round yesterday and leads the $1.1 million Northern Telecom Open.
"Yesterday afternoon I was 1-under par after 10 holes and thinking I might miss the cut," Hart said. "Today, I'm leading. Funny game, isn't it?"
Mike Hulbert, Ken Green and Bruce Fleisher were a single stroke off the pace. Curtis Strange led a group of six others, two behind.
This is the first time Hart, in his second season on the PGA Tour, has led going into the final round. His best previous finish was a tie for fifth in last year's Southern Open.
"To have a chance," Hart said, "I'll have to have another round like I did today -- maybe better. There are just so many guys can whip right by you. But you can't let yourself get caught up in all that."
Hulbert was in a tie for the top until he bogeyed the final hole after a drive into the edge of a lake. Fleisher, 43, who rejoined the tour last season after a seven-year stint as a club pro, shot 70. Green shot 68 despite erratic tee shots.
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Kermit Zarley, who last won a professional golf tournament eight years ago, shot a 68 to take a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the $450,000 event.
Zarley, 50, who also held a one-stroke lead after Friday's first round, has a 9-under-par 133 after 36 holes at the 6,638-yard Tournament Players Club.
George Archer and Bobby Nichols are at 134, after both had rounds of 66 and 68.
Gary Player shot a 5-under 66, the lowest round of the day by two strokes, for fourth place at 135.