Ridings, Howell roar to front at Turning Stone

Just when the second edition of the PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship appeared to be turning into a grown-up version of Tag late Saturday afternoon, a one-time phenom caught up.

Tag Ridings was in prime position to take the lead into the final round, only to stumble just enough to allow Charles Howell III to tie him at eight-under-par 208.

Howell shot a 69, three under par, at Atunyote Golf Club in Verona to move from a tie for fourth place into that prime position, while Ridings posted a 71 to go with his earlier rounds of 69 and 68.

Four players -- 36-hole leader Jeff Overton, Brian Davis, Kyle Thompson and Jason Day -- sit tied for third place at seven-under-par 209, all of them one shot back. Dustin Johnson and Robert Allenby sit two back, at 210.

In stark contrast to the vast 54-hole margin Steve Flesch held in the inaugural version of this event in 2007, a large number of golfers have a chance to win here.

All told, 19 players sit within four shots of the lead. And that includes the tournament's biggest name, Davis Love III, who offered up the best round of the entire week to set the tone for the rest of Saturday afternoon.

Wet conditions allowed players to lift, clean and place every ball on the fairways. Exploiting this, Love, who teed off on no. 10, birdied his first four holes, turned in 31, got to seven under on his round through 14 before a bogey on no. 7 slowed things down.

Still, Love shot a 66 to put him at 211, five under par, tied with Mark Hensby and Charles Warren. Another round like that on Sunday, and Love has a great chance to win.

The rain, ice and hail that fell at times during the first two rounds finally subsided. It was still quite cold, with the temperature in the 50s, but the wind had slackened, and the players attacked Atunyote in the best scoring conditions of the week.

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