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Herman holds onto 1-shot Barbasol Championship lead

21 Jul 2019, 16:13 GMT+10

Kentucky - Jim Herman rolled in two eagle putts in a 10-under par 62 on Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

Herman, a former assistant pro at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, said this week that advice from US President Donald Trump during a round this month had spurred him to make putting changes that were paying off this week.

And he said the president called him to offer encouragement heading into the weekend of the tournament played opposite the British Open at Portrush.

"Pretty interesting getting a phone call from the president," said Herman, whose 24-under par total of 192 put him one stroke in front of Kelly Kraft.

Austin Cook fired a 63 to share third place on 196 with Bill Haas, who carded a 65 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Herman, seeking a second PGA Tour title to go with the Houston Open trophy he claimed in 2016, rolled in an eagle putt of 11 feet at the eighth and drained a 10-footer for eagle at 15.

He added six birdies in a bogey-free effort.

Kraft rolled in a 64-foot eagle putt at the 15th to go with nine birdies - including a 15-footer at the last.

Leading scores after Saturday's third round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky (par-72, USA unless noted):

192 - Jim Herman 65-65-62

193 - Kelly Kraft 65-67-61

196 - Austin Cook 67-66-63, Bill Haas 65-66-65

199 - Sepp Straka (AUT) 68-68-63, Josh Teater 65-70-64, Sebastian Munoz (COL) 65-68-66

200 - Dominic Bozzelli 67-68-65

201 - D.J. Trahan 65-67-69

202 - Tom Lovelady 69-65-68, Billy Hurley 68-67-67, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (MEX) 68-65-69, Kramer Hickok 65-67-70

203 - Stephan Jaeger (GER) 68-70-65, Kyle Jones 67-71-65, Ryan Blaum 68-70-65, Ben Silverman (CAN) 70-68-65, Alex Prugh 68-69-66, Anders Albertson 66-70-67, Denny McCarthy 67-69-67, Matt Jones (AUS) 66-70-67, Case Cochran 71-64-68

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