Gonzales stretches lead to 4 in Utah

Sandy, UT ( - Andres Gonzales carded a 6-under 65 on Saturday as he stretched his lead to four strokes after three rounds of the Utah Championship.

Gonzales finished 54 holes at Willow Creek Country Club at 19-under-par 194. He is seeking his second career win on the Tour.

"I haven't looked at a leaderboard all week. I'm just trying to put up some numbers," said Gonzales, who has held the lead after every round. "I'm playing steady. It's just a matter of sticking to the game plan and doing the same thing."

Aaron Goldberg shot a 7-under 64 to jump into second place at 15-under 198, while Jeff Curl fired the low round of the day with an 8-under 63 to vault into a share of third with Travis Bertoni (68) and Sung Kang (67) at minus-14.

Bhavik Patel (68), Tony Finau (68) and Jose Toledo (68) are tied for sixth at 13-under, a shot ahead of Jonathan Fricke (64), Alexandre Rocha (65), Zac Blair (66), Kelly Kraft (66), Steve Allan (67) and Adam Crawford (69).

Fricke countered a lone bogey with an eagle and six birdies early in the day to finish at 12-under and pull within a shot of Gonzales' overnight lead.

Fricke would be met in second place by as many as five players before Gonzales teed off and birdied the first to reach minus-14 and claim a 2-stroke advantage.

Curl, meanwhile, capped his impressive round with back-to-back birdies at the 17th and 18th to meet Gonzales atop the leaderboard at 14-under.

Curl had earlier rolled in four straight birdies from the third to jump to 10- under before tripping to a bogey at the eighth. He would quickly recover with a trio of gains from the 10th prior to claiming a share of the lead with his closing birdies.

Goldberg then vaulted into the lead with consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th, but Gonzales answered with a chip-in birdie at the seventh to also reach 15-under.

Goldberg's birdies were the seventh and eighth of his round and he would par his final two holes to head into the clubhouse at minus-15.

Gonzales briefly fell behind Goldberg with a bogey at the eighth, but he recovered with birdies at the 10th and 12th to regain the outright lead at minus-16.

Gonzales would go on to birdie the 14th, 16th and 17th to reach 19-under and open up a 4-stroke lead heading into the final round.

"I really enjoy playing in Utah. With this altitude, I can bomb it out here," Gonzales said. "I'm having fun."

NOTES: Gonzales' score of 194 ties the 54-hole record set by Chad Collins last year ... Gonzales' lone win on tour came at the 2012 Soboba Golf Classic ... Gonzales will move inside the top 10 of the tour's money list with a win ... Goldberg has recorded seven consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Utah Championship.