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Cameron Tringale vaults into lead at 3M Open

Field Level Media
25 Jul 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

Cameron Tringale shot a 5-under-par 66 on Saturday and grabbed a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 3M Open at Blaine, Minn.

Tringale tied for the second-lowest round of the day and moved to 12-under 201 to move in front of Gary Woodland (third-round 67) and Maverick McNealy (68), who were both a shot back at 11 under.

A pack of eight golfers loom two shots back at 10 under: Pat Perez, Cameron Champ, Chez Reavie, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Armour, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas and Canada's Roger Sloan.

Tringale's 66 included an eagle 3 at No. 12 when he hit his 263-yard approach shot 3 feet from the cup and made his putt. His bogey-free round included the eagle and three birdies, two of which came on his first two holes of the day.

"What I want to do better (Sunday) is hit my spots on the greens a little better, my approaches," Tringale said. "But, I mean putting, I don't know where I'm at statistically, but I've liked just about every putt I've hit. Hopefully, I'll continue to do that. Just try not to overthink it; that's the key, isn't it?"

Tringale is trying to improve on last year's tie for third at the 3M Open. He has never won on the PGA Tour and is in his 307th event. He has led or co-led after 54 holes just once, at the John Deere Classic in 2019 before fading to a 16th-place finish.

"I birdied 18 (on Sunday) last year, I remember that," Tringale said. "I'm just going to have fun. I remember last year's round really well and I'm excited. I feel like I'm doing everything well in my game for the most part, so just keep my head on straight and try and have some fun and not overthink it."

Woodland did not appear likely to produce an under-par round after taking a double-bogey 6 on the first hole when he flew the green out of a bunker on his second shot.

His impressive answer was to birdie five of the next six holes before adding a birdie and eight pars on the back nine.

"I just knew I was playing well," Woodland said. "You just had to take a step back. Fortunately, I did it on the first hole and I had 17 holes left so I had a lot of chances to make birdies and fortunately I did that."

McNealy, who has two top-5 finishes this season, had a steady round with three birdies and 15 pars, his last birdie coming on the par-4 14th hole. He is closing in on his fifth consecutive top-30 finish.

"It was just solid," McNealy said. "I didn't hit it my best I'd say in the middle, a couple squirrelly shots, but I cleaned it up nicely with a good chip-in. Short-range putting was good for the most part and we played really smart."

The third-round leader or co-leader has won the 3M Open the last two years: Matthew Wolff in 2019 and Michael Thompson in 2020.

--Field Level Media

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