Kendall, Svoboda take lead in Bogota
Bogota, Colombia – Billy Horschel's round began with a bogey and didn't get much better.
As he fell out of the lead Saturday at the Colombia Championship in stunningly quick fashion, Skip Kendall and Andrew Svoboda took advantage and grabbed first place after three rounds.
Kendall fired a five-under 66 while Svoboda posted a 67, and they are tied for the lead at 10-under-par 203.
"I saw that Billy didn't get off to a good start so I knew that I just had to hang in there," Svoboda said. "Nobody was going super deep."
Kirk Triplett carded a course-record 64 to move into third at nine-under 204.
Horschel had posted back-to-back 66s to take the lead at 10-under after Friday's second round. However, he struggled to a five-over 76 on Saturday. He shares 10th place with Brian Smock, who had been in second after Friday before a third-round 74, and D.J. Brigman (70).
Svoboda had been alone in the lead late in his round. He posted four birdies and two bogeys on his front nine, and three birdies in his first four holes around the turn put him at 11-under.
He looked like he would head into Sunday's final round alone in first, but a three-putt bogey at No. 18 dropped him into a tie with Kendall.
Kendall got off to a slow start, with a par and a bogey. But he used his next eight holes to climb up the leaderboard, making birdies at three, six, eight, nine and 10.
A bogey at 11 slowed his momentum, but Kendall birdied the 13th and 16th to reach 10-under.
"It was real solid today," said Kendall. "I started putting better. I worked on my grip a little bit and made a little change and it seemed to work."
Horschel dropped down to six-under immediately, needing eight shots to get through the first hole after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He birdied the second, but gave the shot right back with a bogey at three.
A bogey-birdie sequence at seven and eight meant he stayed at six-under around the turn, though he dropped further down the leaderboard with a double-bogey at the 11th.
Horschel managed to rebound with birdies at 12 and 14, but a bogey at the last left him five shots back of the leaders.
"Really tough day on the course," Horschel posted on his Twitter account. "Swing was not very good. Been fighting from getting across the line and getting stuck. Still have a chance."
Triplett carded his 64 with seven birdies, the last of which came at the 18th hole. He had also completed his second round without a bogey, posting three birdies on the back nine.
NOTES: Kendall will be going for his fourth Nationwide Tour win on Sunday, while Svoboda will try for his first. Kendall's last win came in 2007 at the Louisiana Open...Defending champion Brenden Pappas shot a 73 on Saturday, and sits in a tie for 63rd at three-over 216...A shaky forecast prompted officials to move up tee times on Saturday, and storms arrived after play was completed. The forecast is similar for Sunday.