Hadley leads by one, eyes first win in Puerto Rico


The shootout continued Saturday at Trump International, where low scores were once again plentiful. Here’s how things look heading into the final round of the Puerto Rico Open, where Chesson Hadley is in position to grab his first career PGA Tour victory:

Leaderboard: Chesson Hadley (-16), Danny Lee (-15), Jason Gore (-14), Jonathan Byrd (-14), Carl Pettersson (-13), David Toms (-13), Jerry Kelly (-13)

What it means: Hadley captured the Web.com Tour Championship last fall to secure his playing privileges for this season, and the former Georgia Tech standout already has a pair of top-10 finishes under his belt in 2013-14. After a 5-under 67 Saturday, he will take the lead into the final round for the first time in his fledgling PGA Tour career, where he will play alongside Lee, in search of his first top-10 finish since 2009.

Round of the day: Andrew Loupe made the most out of Moving Day on the Isle of Enchantment, as the 25-year-old raced up the standings with a bogey-free 65. Loupe notched three straight birdies from Nos. 7-9, then added three more circles across his final seven holes. At 11 under, he'll begin the final round inside the top 10 and five shots behind Hadley.

Best of the rest: Heading down the back nine, it didn’t appear that Gore would have a round to write home about, as the veteran was 1 over on his day after 11 holes. Gore caught fire from there, though, closing with seven straight birdies to play his way back into contention. After a 6-under 66, he’ll start the final round in a tie for third, just two shots off the lead as he looks to win for the first time since 2005.

Biggest disappointment: James Driscoll started the day with sole possession of the lead, but was unable to get his round on track after tying the course record on Friday. The 36-year-old failed to make a single birdie Saturday at Trump International, struggling to a 3-over 75 that sent his name tumbling down the standings. Driscoll will now begin the final round at 9 under, seven shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: All eyes will be on Hadley, one of several rising stars on Tour and already the only ’13-’14 rookie with two top-10 finishes to his credit. He’ll be joined Sunday by Lee, now six years removed from his U.S. Amateur win, who missed six straight cuts before teeing it up this week in Puerto Rico. A cast of veterans lurk just off the pace, including Byrd, Gore and Toms, who has won just once since 2006.