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Late birdies give Chris Kirk, Briny Baird a share of the lead at Sea Island

  • Chris Kirk watches his tee shot down the sixth fairway during the second round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

    Chris Kirk watches his tee shot down the sixth fairway during the second round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Johathan Byrd reacts to a missed birdie putt on the sixth green during the third round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

    Johathan Byrd reacts to a missed birdie putt on the sixth green during the third round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, hits to the 15th green during the third round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

    Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, hits to the 15th green during the third round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Kirk and Briny Baird each made birdie on the 18th hole Saturday to separate themselves from the pack at Sea Island.

But not by much.

Kirk holed a 25-foot putt for a 2-under 68. Baird followed him with an 8-foot birdie putt for a 67. They were tied for the lead going into the last round, a shot ahead of Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and John Senden. Twelve players were separated by four shots going into Sunday, a group that includes Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson.

Baird is playing his 365th event on the PGA Tour without ever winning. The top eight players on the leaderboard have combined for seven career wins, and that includes Gay's four wins.

The winner Sunday gets an exemption to the Masters.