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Overton shoots 66, leads by 3 at Wyndham

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Jeff Overton made eight birdies and two bogeys Saturday.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Maybe Jeff Overton would feel more relaxed leading by three strokes at some other course. Not at Greensboro, where three days of low numbers and easy scoring probably mean no lead is safe.

Overton opened his three-shot advantage with a 6-under 66 Saturday after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship. He is looking for his first victory on the PGA Tour.

"It's better than being three shots back, but I don't think 18 under's going to win the golf tournament," Overton said. "So we can't go out there (Sunday) and just play bad. We've got to go out there and have a good, solid round of golf."

Billy Mayfair (64), Anders Hansen (68), Carl Pettersson (68) and Tim Petrovic (68) were at 15-under 201, with 2003 winner Shigeki Maruyama (67) and Lucas Glover (66) four strokes behind Overton.

The 24-year-old Overton, holding his first lead of any kind in two years on tour, is in front with rookie Steve Marino and veteran John Huston. He took advantage of late struggles by Craig Kanada to build the largest lead at this course since Maruyama led Brad Faxon by three strokes in 2003.

Overton is trying to avoid dwelling on the prospect of his first title.

"It's a journey where we're trying to get to the point in our golfing career, and we're trying to achieve a level, that top level in the world," he said.

Overton overcame a bogey on his first hole with birdies on seven of his next 11 to take control. He bogeyed No. 13 after a birdie on the previous hole got him to 18 under, but he got the stroke back with a birdie on No. 16.

Still, he wound up with the lead to himself at least partly because of Kanada's blunders. Kanada, who entered the third round one stroke behind the leaders, led for most of the third round before running into trouble on the par-4 No. 16.

He sliced his drive out of bounds, then three-putted his way to a triple-bogey that began his free-fall. He nearly sent his drive on the par-3 17th into the bunker and again three-putted, joining four other players five strokes back.

"I looked up and I was no longer tied for first, first all alone — that's kind of weird," Overton said. "I was like, 'Jeez, that can't be right. Maybe they messed that up or something."'

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