Bailey pacing field at TPC


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – On Wednesday Chad Bailey will experience what only a handful of others have, a final-round lead on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

Bailey shot his second 73 of the week on Tuesday on the adjacent Valley Course and leads the Championship Flight at the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championship by a stroke over Melvin Barnes at 4-over 220.

Bailey, a 27-year-old Lafayette, La., resident who won five of the eight Golf Channel Am Tour events he played this year, carded a flawless back – eight pars and a birdie at the par-3 14th hole – to unseat second-round leader Casey Gabler, who posted a 79 on a wet afternoon in north Florida and is tied for third place.

Ten players are within five shots of the lead, including Barnes and Paul Erdman who posted the rounds of the day with even-par 72s.