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BYU 5TH GOING INTO FINAL ROUND OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

BYU stayed in the top five after three rounds of the NCAA golf championships Friday but fell out of contention for the title for all intents and purposes.

The Cougars fired a 297 team total but dropped 16 shots off the pace set by fifth-ranked North Carolina. The Cougars stand in fifth place overall going into Saturday's final 18 holes. They were 10 off the lead going into the third round.The Tar Heels took over the team lead after 54 holes at the Poppy Hills Golf Club by shooting a 1-under-par 287 for an 871 total, three shots ahead of second-day leader Oklahoma State. Defending champion Arizona State moved up to third place at 881, while Wake Forest holds fourth place at 885.

The Cougars' Ramon Brobio, who had BYU's non-counting score the first two days, had the best score Friday with a 73. Ryan Rhees fired a 74, while Jeff Kraemer and Michael Weir both had 75s. Dean Wilson, who held a share of the first-round lead, had a non-counting 81.

Georgia's Franklin Langham held on to the individual lead with a 71 for a 212 total. ASU's Jim Lemon is second at 213, followed by two-time defending champion Phil Mickelson at 214.

BYU will tee off with Wake Forest and USC between 12:42 and 1:16 p.m. Saturday.