Moore set a new 54-hole tournament record with his 19-under 197 total. He is one shot clear of 2000 U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll (69) and two better than Jason Buha (67) and Jason Caron (68).
'It's been a struggle,' said the 31-year-old Moore, who has played mini-tours around the world since his All-America days at the University of North Carolina. 'Obviously I'm not where I want to be but you never get anywhere if you quit.'
Moore started the third round at The Dominion Club one back of Driscoll. Moore birdied the first, second and fourth holes to take the lead at 17-under. He made the turn in 5-under 31 and never looked back.
'It really doesn't matter all that much on Saturday,' Moore said about having the lead. 'It only matters on the first tee. Once you get on the course, it all goes away. Now, leading on Sunday evening - I'd take that.'
Moore, a four-time Canadian Tour runner-up, is making just his fourth career Buy.Com Tour start. Driscoll is a member of the Canadian Tour, but entered this week's event on a sponsor's exemption. This is his first tour start, though he has played in seven PGA Tour tournaments, including the 2001 Masters.
'Every tour event helps but I'm still trying to get my first win and I'll probably feel that way until it happens,' he said. 'There's enough to try and think about good shots. My brain's not big enough to think about hitting good shots and have all that pressure. It'll be a lot of fun. I'll just try to keep the pedal down.'
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Richmond Open