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Johnson takes Nationwide finale lead

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAKESIDE, Calif. – Richard Johnson birdied the final three holes for a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Tom Scherrer on Saturday after the third round of the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

Johnson, at No. 6 on the money list already assured a 2008 PGA Tour card, had a 16-under 197 total at Barona Creek Golf Club.

“I’m surprised to be where I am,” Johnson said.

He had a quadruple-bogey 7 on No. 11 and bogeyed No. 12.

“I played mostly solid except for two holes,” said Johnson, the Mark Christopher Charity Classic winner last month in Rancho Cucamonga.

The top 25 on the money list after the tournament will earn PGA Tour cards, with Scherrer (67) fighting to move up from No. 27.

Kelly Grunewald (67), Jim McGovern (68) and first- and second-round leader Michael Letzig (73) were two strokes back at 14 under. Letzig began the week 26th on the money list, McGovern was 45th and Grunewald 55th.

Letzig three-putted from 3 feet on No. 18 for a triple bogey.

“I tried to tap it in three times,” Letzig said. “I’m not really sure what happened. The good thing is I’m not out of it.”

Grunewald needs a victory to advance to the PGA Tour.

“It was a bonus for me to be here this week,” Grunewald said. “Last week, I was looking at going to first or second stage of Q-School. I’m playing with a lot of confidence and that’s what you have to do out here.”

Johnson has been in the final group five times this season.

“I think someone is going to go low,” Johnson said. “I hope it’s me.”

Scores with relation to par from the third round of theNationwide Tour Championship, played Nov. 3 at the par-71, 7,008-yardBarona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif.:

1. Richard Johnson 66-64-67–197

-16 2. Tom Scherrer 66-65-67–198

-15 3. Kelly Grunewald 67-65-67–199

-14 3. Jim McGovern 65-66-68–199

-14 3. Michael Letzig 60-66-73–199

-14 6. Martin Laird 65-68-67–200

-13 6. Brenden Pappas 66-66-68–200

-13 6. B.J. Staten 65-66-69–200

-13 9. Scott Gardiner 71-67-63–201

-12 9. Ron Whittaker 69-66-66–201

-12 9. Gary Christian 63-69-69–201

-12 12. John Kimbell 68-70-64–202

-11 12. James Driscoll 64-71-67–202

-11 12. Chez Reavie 67-67-68–202

-11 12. Tjaart van der Walt 63-68-71–202

-11 16. Brad Elder 73-65-65–203

-10 16. Kyle Thompson 68-69-66–203

-10 16. David Hearn 70-66-67–203

-10 16. Brock Mackenzie 67-68-68–203

-10 20. Garth Mulroy 69-70-65–204

-9 20. Brad Adamonis 66-70-68–204

-9 20. D.A. Points 71-66-67–204

-9 20. Scott Sterling 69-67-68–204

-9 20. David McKenzie 67-68-69–204

-9 20. Skip Kendall 68-67-69–204

-9 20. Bob Burns 68-65-71–204

-9 20. Roland Thatcher 67-64-73–204

-9 28. Peter Tomasulo 66-74-65–205

-8 28. Todd Demsey 72-68-65–205

-8 28. Hunter Haas 71-68-66–205

-8 28. Aron Price 68-70-67–205

-8 28. Jeremy Anderson 71-68-66–205

-8 28. Miguel Carballo 70-68-67–205

-8 28. Rick Price 72-66-67–205

-8 28. Jeff Klauk 66-71-68–205

-8 28. Jimmy Walker 68-69-68–205

-8 28. Fabian Gomez 66-69-70–205

-8 38. Esteban Toledo 69-69-68–206

-7 38. David Mathis 69-67-70–206

-7 38. Greg Chalmers 69-65-72–206

-7 41. Matthew Jones 71-69-67–207

-6 41. Jon Mills 69-71-67–207

-6 41. Chad Collins 68-69-70–207

-6 41. Patrick Sheehan 68-68-71–207

-6 41. Nicholas Thompson 69-67-71–207

-6 41. Omar Uresti 71-65-71–207

-6 47. Chris Nallen 71-71-66–208

-5 47. Paul Claxton 72-70-66–208

-5 49. John Riegger 70-68-71–209

-4 50. Arjun Atwal 68-75-67–210

-3 50. Vance Veazey 70-72-68–210

-3 52. Marc Turnesa 72-70-69–211

-2 52. Justin Bolli 69-71-71–211

-2 54. Tee McCabe 68-71-73–212

-1 54. Franklin Langham 66-71-75–212

-1 56. Tim Wilkinson 70-75-72–217
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