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Faxon shoots a 68, holds share of lead

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ENDICOTT, N.Y.— Defending champion Brad Faxon shot a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to tie Esteban Toledo for the third-round lead in the B.C. Open.

Faxon, trying to become the first player to win the tournament twice in a row, sank a curving 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to finish at 202, 14 under par. Toledo, who began the day with a three-shot lead, made a great save for par on the final hole to finish with a 71.

Jerry Kelly was alone in second, two shots off the lead after a 67, and Canada's Glen Hnatiuk was another stroke back at 205. Joe Ogilvie and Grant Waite were tied for fifth at 206, and Dave Stockton Jr. led a group of six players at 207.

Dick Mast, whose scintillating 64 on Friday had vaulted him to 9 under to start the day, had a double-bogey 6 on the second hole and two other bogeys and finished with a 74.

Scott McCarron, who began the day at 10 under, watched his round disintegrate to a 73 when his second shot on the treacherous No. 15 found the water hazard guarding the elevated green. He had to settle for a double bogey-6.

Toledo, a boxer-turned-golfer from Mexico, has never won in five full years on the PGA Tour. After shooting rounds of 64 and 67, he began the third day cautiously, parring the first eight holes.

A heavy downpour slammed the course at midafternoon on Friday, long after Toledo had finished his round, and he said he had trouble adjusting to the slower greens.

Playing in the same threesome, Faxon put pressure on early with a birdie on the first hole, but then his tee shots began drifting awry. He hit into the left rough under a red maple tree on No. 3 but scrambled for par.

On the fifth hole, a 565-yard par-5, Faxon again drove into the left rough under some trees. His second shot hit another tree, and when his third shot landed in the rough to the right of the green, he had his only bogey of the round.