BETHESDA, Maryland: American Roberto Castro chipped in from 80 feet for par at the 18th hole to remain in a four-way tie for the lead after Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) third round of the $6.5 million US PGA National.
Castro, whose best PGA finish is a share of seventh at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, found the water with his approach on the final hole at Congressional Country Club but plopped the ball over a ridge and curled it into the cup.
“Saving a bogey would have been huge. Making a par is just a bonus,” Castro said. “I thought I could just tumble it over the top of the ridge there. I told myself to be aggressive and get it back in there and it came out perfect.”
The dramatic shot ended a par-71 round and kept Castro level with countrymen James Driscoll and Bill Haas and Argentina’s Andres Romero on seven-under par 206 after 54 holes on a wild day that saw leader after leader falter.
Four players are the most to share a 54-hole US PGA lead this year.
Haas, a four-time US tour winner, had the low round among the co-leaders with a three-under par 68 but the roller-coaster ride featured nine birdies, three bogeys and a triple-bogey at the par-4 11th.