Kendall Maintains Top Spot in Louisiana


2007 Chitimacha Lousiana OpenBROUSSARD, La. -- Skip Kendall claimed two Nationwide Tour wins in 1994. After 13 years and a string of second-place finishes on the PGA TOUR, he is finally staring down No. 3.
Consistency has been the name of the game.
The 42-year-old lifetime grinder finished birdie-birdie for his third consecutive 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Nationwide Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
He is at 15-under-par 198.
In 1994, Kendall won the Inland Empire Open and Carolina Classic for his only career victories. Since then, he has posted four runner-up finishes in three PGA TOUR stints and gone without another Nationwide Tour win.
Thirteen years of being the bridesmaid is not easy.
'I've won a couple of times out here, but it has been a long time,' said Kendall. 'Hopefully tomorrow will be my day. I've got a lot of work to do. Guys are so good out here that if you play conservative you'll get passed up.'
Australian Jarrod Lyle fired an 8-under 63 and shares second place with Tag Ridings (64) and Tom Byrum (67) at 12-under 201.
Greg Sonnier had the round of the day, a 9-under 62, to move from 60th place overnight into a tie for fifth place alongside Paul Claxton (64). The duo stands at 10-under 203.
Behind them, 17 more players are within eight shots of the lead -- probably too many to make up at a vulnerable Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.
Especially with Kendall playing so well.
Although he posted his first birdie of the tournament at No. 11, Kendall was able to extend his overnight lead by making six birdies Saturday. He had three birdies on his final five holes, including a holed bunker shot from 40 feet at No 14.
'I struggled a little in the middle of the round, but I played good down the stretch,' Kendall said. 'I made a few loose swings today unlike the first two days.'
It is Kendall's first 54-hole lead since the 1994 Mississippi Gulf Coast event, where he closed with a 73 and finished tied for third place.
'I've got to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully things will work out,' he said.
Brenden Pappas, the 36-year-old South African who fired a course-record 60 on Thursday, continued to slip. He had an even-par 71 Saturday and sits seven shots back at 8-under 205.
Pappas was 11-under after the first round.
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