For the second straight week, Sluman has at least a share of the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event. Sluman is at 16-under-par, tied at the top in the B.C. Open with Australian Paul Gow, who birdied his final four holes to shoot a 6-under-par 66.
Overnight leader Brett Quigley (72) is tied for third place with Jim McGovern (68) at 15-under. Jay Haas (66), Jonathan Kaye (70) and Mark Hensby (70) share fifth place at 14-under.
First-round co-leader Ty Tryon is nine shots off the lead following an even-par 72. The 17-year-old amateur played his first four holes in 4-under Saturday, but double bogeyed the par-5 5th to fall back to earth.
At 10-under-par through 14 holes, Tryon bogeyed the 15th, 17th and 18th holes to finish at minus-7.
Sluman led through 54 holes of last weeks Greater Milwaukee Open. However, he shot a 1-over-par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 10th. The result was his fifth top-10 of the season. His best finish came at the Nissan Open, where he lost in a 6-way playoff to Robert Allenby.
Saturday at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., Sluman birdied four of his first five holes to move to 13-under. He snapped a series of six straight pars with a birdie at the par-5 12th. Then, after another birdie on the par-4 15th, Sluman nearly aced the par-3 17th. He tapped in from 1- feet to move to 16-under, where he finished the day.
I almost played myself out of the tournament on the first hole yesterday, said Sluman in reference to his triple bogey on Saturday. Today I was four strokes better. It was a much better start.
Gow is a rookie on the PGA Tour, having played the Buy.Com Tour the past four years. A victory in the 2000 Hershey Open paved the way to a ninth-place finish on the season-ending money list, which earned Gow his PGA Tour card.
Like Sluman, Gow started his third round with a birdie at the par-4 1st. And despite slipping to 12-under courtesy of bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes, the 30-year-old birdied Nos. 15-18 to earn a spot in Sundays final pairing.
Friday, Gow birdied the final three holes.
Quigley started the third round with a three-shot lead, but bogeyed the 1st hole. He managed to reclaim a two-shot lead over the field with birdies on the 8th, 9th and 12th holes. But once again, Quigley slipped with three bogeys to only one birdie over his final six holes.
Now Im chasing, so hopefully thats a better position for me, said Quigley, who is in search of his first tour title. Im not playing in the final group, so theres not as much pressure.
Sluman said he was excited to be back in position to collect his fifth career PGA Tour victory, and his first since 1999. The 43-year-old from Rochester has seven career top-10s in this event; though, he has yet to win.
Maybe this will be my year, he said. But well have to wait till tomorrow to find out.
Full-field scores from the B.C. Open