RENO, Nev. — Troy Merritt used two eagles, including one to cap his round at the par-5 18th, to leap into the lead on Saturday, July 27, and take a two-point advantage into the final round of the Barracuda Championship.
Merritt equaled the best round of the tournament thus far with a plus-18 in the event's Modified Stableford scoring system at Montreux Golf & Country Club, putting him at plus-37 through 54 holes. The field finished Round 2 -- which was suspended due to weather on Friday -- on Saturday morning before completing all of Round 3 entering Sunday.
Robert Streb (plus-10 on the day) is in second at plus-35, with Collin Morikawa (plus-13) in third at plus-33.
John Chin (plus 11) is in fourth at plus-31, and the lone non-American in the top five, Canada's Roger Sloan (plus-9), is another point back, in front of a cluster of four players at plus-29.
The scoring system awards two points for a birdie and minus-1 for a bogey, with no points for a par. Eagles are worth five points and double eagles worth eight, while double bogeys or worse are worth minus-3.
Merritt moved up eight spots on the leaderboard during the third round, powered by eagles at the par-5 second and again on his closing hole. His eagle at 18 capped a plus-13 back nine, which included four birdies. Merritt finished the day bogey free.
Streb was quiet by comparison but remained steady, notching five birdies in a bogey-free round.
Morikawa had just one bogey, compensating with seven birdies.
John Daly, allowed to ride in a cart in the event because of osteoarthritis in his right knee, rallied to finish Round 2 and make the cut -- completing a round of plus-12 -- then scored plus-4 in Round 3 with three birdies and two bogeys. He's tied for 61st at plus-14.
The alternate-field event is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.