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Ogilvy leads in Reno, eyes 8th career PGA Tour win

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – Barracuda Championship –Montreaux Golf and Country Club – Reno, Nevada –

Former U.S. Open champion and seven-time PGA Tour winner Geoff Oglivy takes the 54-hole lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship.

Playing a Modified Stableford Scoring System this week, players are going “low” resulting in lots of points at Montreaux Golf and Country Club in Reno.

The 37-year-old Ogilvy has +35 points heading into Sunday. Last year’s champion Gary Woodland finished with +44.

Ogilvy slept on the 54-hole lead just three points ahead of Nick Watney and Jason Allred. The trio tees off at 1 p.m. local time.

Players in the second-to-last group are always dangerous in this format with the point-swings that are typical. Look for Brendan Steele to have a shot. He was T-4 last year. Steele has been consistent all week with +9, +11, and +10 points to reach +30. He is due for a low round, which could net him the victory.

Oglivy and Allred both shot 67 Saturday, while Watney managed just +6 points in round three playing as the overnight leader.

John Mallinger could be threat. He carded the round of the week – posting the tournament single-day record with +19 points Saturday. He jumped 55 places to T-5 with his 63 that included an ace at the par-3 11th hole.

Ogilvy entered the week as a 66-to-1 long shot to win in Reno, according to www.skybet.com.

The Aussie, who ranks 216th in the world, has eight career runner-up finishes including the Honda Classic in 2013. Sitting at 151st in the FedEx Cup Standings, Ogilvy needs the win to make a run for the FedEx Playoffs.

For Watney, he could flourish in this spot in the chasers role.

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