Chris Kirk and Briny Baird each made birdie on the 18th hole to separate themselves from the pack in the McGladrey Classic on Saturday.
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, a shot ahead of Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and John Senden. Twelve players were separated by four shots going into the final round at Sea Island, a group that includes Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson, the former U.S. Open champion who won last month in Las Vegas.
Baird is playing his 365th event on the U.S. 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.
Baird at least has given himself a shot by being runner-up five times, though he has no idea what it would take to win except for having a score that is ''one less than the next best guy.''
''If I knew what to do tomorrow, shoot, I'd have won plenty of times,'' ...