After opening with rounds of 62 and 64, the PGA Tour rookie shoot a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Chris DiMarco (63), Michael Allen (64) and Ken Duke (67). Turnesa had a 21-under 195 total at TPC Summerlin.
There were some low scores, but none of them were really from the leaders, Turnesa said. So, I think Im a bit fortunate.
I kind of got off to a slow start. I think I was struggling a bit. I hit a few wayward shots, and it wasnt quite like the previous two days where everything was going my way. I had a good back nine and was able to hold the lead.
Matt Kuchar was tied for the lead with Turnesa with a hole to play, but closed with a double bogey for a 71. He was two strokes back at 19 under along with Zach Johnson (70) and Chris Stroud (67).
Its a real bummer to make double on the last, but Im still right there, two shots back, Kuchar said. Here youve got a lot of chances to make birdies, but you certainly dont go out thinking, Ive got to keep pace with what I did the first two days. Thats hard to do.
DiMarco eagled Nos. 9 and 16 and added six birdies. He played the last six holes in 6 under for his best round since a 62 in the 2003 Phoenix Open. After finishing in the top 30 on the money list from 1999 to 2005, he has missed 15 cuts in 26 events this year and is 143rd on the money list with $474,314.
Its nice to be back in the hunt, DiMarco said. Its a birdiefest out there. So for me to shoot 9 under today, I definitely played catchup, and thats all you want to do is play catchup and give yourself a chance for Sunday on the back nine. That back nine is fun because a lot of things could change. A lot could be done.
To me, that makes golf exciting. I think fans want to see us make birdies and eagles and shoot low numbers and win tournaments like that rather than just try to hold on with bogeys and pars.
Another big mover was the 49-year-old Allen, who quickly moved to 17 under with three birdies and an eagle on the first four holes.
Duke moved up five strokes by making eight birdies that offset three bogeys.
Johnson, who won the Texas Open last week, has made only seven bogeys in his last seven rounds, but two of them came in the third round.
Twelve players were cut at 8-under 208 following Saturdays round, leaving 71 players in the field.