Goydos Takes Rare PGA Lead

He is on top after 54 holes for the first time in 16-year career
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 10, 2008 10:45 PM CDT
Phil Mickelson grimaces as sand files up as he hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Saturday.   (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
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(Newser) – Paul Goydos would love to say he saw this coming, but he's too honest. He had never broken 70 in nine previous appearances at The Players Championship, yet a 2-under 70 today made him the only player to break par all three days on the TPC Sawgrass and gave him a one-shot lead over Kenny Perry.

Since his last victory 16 months ago on the PGA Tour, and only the second of his career, he has yet to crack the top 20. But after a birdie on the island-green 17th and a hybrid out of the trees to make par on the final hole, he wound up with a 54-hole lead for the first time in his career.