CONOVER, N.C. — Fred Funk took a one-stroke lead over Larry Mize in the Greater Hickory Classic on Saturday, shooting his second straight bogey-free 6-under 66.
"I really jump-started my round with a save on No. 2," Funk said. "I drove it into the bunker and had to wedge it out for par. Then I made a 30-footer (putt) on the next hole (for birdie), and that got me going."
The winner at The Woodlands in Texas in May for his seventh Champions Tour title, Funk has gone 42 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole Sunday in the final round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
He also extended his run of bogey-free holes at Rock Barn to 66, beginning with the seventh hole of the second round of last year's tournament.
"I've missed quite a few chances where I could've had more birdies," said Funk, who has 10 birdies and an eagle in two rounds. "I've played pretty solid ... but I'm not going to complain about a 66."
Funk had six birdies Saturday, but spent most of the day tied with Mize for the lead until draining a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
"My only goal is to go out there, let it happen and not force the issue," said Funk. "Someone can get on a run, because the greens are a lot faster and rolling really true. The scores are higher than they were last year."
SAN MARTIN, Calif. — John Mallinger remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory, shooting a 1-under 70 on Saturday in the Frys.com Open to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 33-year-old Mallinger had a 15-under 198 total at CordeValle after opening with a 66 and matching the course record with a 62 on Friday. He has finished second twice in his seven-year career on the tour, losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt in Milwaukee in 2009.
ALDIE, Va. — Jim Woodward shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to match the competitive course record at Creighton Farms and take the third-round lead.
The 55-year-old Woodward, the PGA teaching professional at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., had a 2-under 214 total for a two-stroke lead over Mike Lawrence and Bob Gaus.
VILAMOURA, Portugal — Bernd Wiesberger of Austria birdied six of seven holes in one stretch Saturday, finishing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds.
Wiesberger, who started his birdie run at No. 8, was at 13-under 200. He was followed by England's Ross Fisher, who began the day in the lead and finished with a 69.
"I played beautifully on the back nine," Wiesberger said. "After seven holes I was not thinking about a 65."