J.J. Henry vaults into lead at Reno

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RENO, Nev. — J.J. Henry had an eagle for the third consecutive day and scored 14 points Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

John Daly and Justin Leonard were among more than a dozen players within striking distance in the PGA Tour’s first modified Stableford scoring system event since 2006.

Henry had 36 points overall, three more than second-round leader Alexandre Rocha in the format that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and none for par. Players are docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.

John Mallinger is third at 32, followed by first-round leader Andres Romero with 31.

Daly had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys to get into a tie for fifth with Bill Lunde and Gary Christian at 28. Leonard was next with 26.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Omaha, Neb., former University of Georgia standout Russell Henley matched his career-best round with 7-under-par 64 to gain a share of the lead after three rounds of the Cox Classic at Champions Run.

Henley is tied at 17-under 196 with Luke Guthrie, who settled for an even-par 71.

Canada’s Adam Hadwin had the day’s low round, 8-under 63, and moved into a tie for third place with Aaron Goldberg (66) and Ben Kohles (67), winner of last week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.

Augusta’s Scott Parel had 69 and is tied for 50th at 205.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Blaine, Minn., David Peoples matched his career best with 10-under-par 62 to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship.

Peoples, who twice shot 62 on the PGA Tour, made six consecutive birdies at the TPC Twin Cities to get to 10-under through seven holes, also birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 and closed with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he had a 14-under 130 total.

In nine previous starts this year, Peoples has finished better than 50th just twice and none better than 20th place. The two-time PGA Tour winner was third in the Minnesota event two years ago for his best Champions Tour finish.

Eduardo Romero was second after 65, and Joe Daley was another stroke back after 67.

Olin Browne (67) and Joel Edwards (69) are 9-under, and Lance Ten Brock (65), Tom Kite (67), Bernhard Langer (69), Mark McNulty (70), Chien Soon Lu and Peter Senior (71) followed at 8-under.

Augusta native Larry Mize had 69 and is 3-under.

The course received an inch of rain overnight, further softening the greens. Fifty of 81 players broke par Saturday, one more than were in red numbers Friday.

LOCAL INTEREST

BRIAN GAY

Louisville, Ga.*

Points 16

Points back 20

KEVIN KISNER

Aiken native

Points 9

Points back 27

* former resident


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