Golf

August 8, 2014

Cappelen, Percy and Piller share lead in Missouri

Michael Kim shot a bogey-free, 6-under 66 on Friday and he took over the lead by one shot at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

Springfield, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Sebastian Cappelen followed up his second-round 63 with a 5-under 67 on Saturday and he is tied for first place heading into the final day at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

Cappelen, who was at 16-under 200 through 54 holes, was joined by first-round leader Cameron Percy and Martin Piller, both of whom fired 4-under 68s.

Having just turned pro earlier this season, Cappelen is seeking his second win of the year. He also won his first event as a professional at the Air Capital Classic. Cappelen has since missed the cut in two of his last four events.

Piller, a two-time winner on tour, also was victorious at the Stadion Athens Classic and Cox Classic in 2010. Percy has yet to win on tour and his best finish of the year came at the Air Capital Classic, where he tied for third.

Cappelen, Percy and Piller are one shot up on Dominic Bozzelli, Carlos Sainz, Jr., Hunter Haas, Cory Whitsett, Scott Pinckney and second-round leader Michael Kim. Bozzelli, Sainz and Haas carded matching 65s, while Whitsett shot a 66. Pinckney and Kim finished with a 69 and 70, respectively.

Six more players are just two shots back at 14-under-par 202.

Cappelen was rather quiet on his first three holes, but he slowly started to move up the leaderboard with his first birdie of the day at No. 4. Following three more pars, Cappelen rolled in an eagle putt at the par-5 eighth to get to 3-under.

On the back nine, Cappelen poured in another birdie at 11, but he gave that shot back two holes later with his first and only bogey at No. 13. Cappelen added birdies at 15 and 17 to go along with pars at 16 and 18 to finish his third round at minus-5.

"I still have to get it done tomorrow," Cappelen said. "I was just trying to put myself in a spot where I have a chance tomorrow."

Piller also began his round with three straight pars before making back-to- back gains at four and five. He traded a birdie at eight for a bogey at nine and Piller made the turn at minus-2.

He got things going once again with another pair of birdies at 10 and 11. After five straight pars for Piller, he tripped to his second bogey at No. 17. At the par-5 last, Piller got that shot back with a birdie to move into a tie for the lead.

"I'm pretty excited," Piller said about heading into Sunday's final round with a share of the lead. "I have to stay aggressive and pick my moments."

Percy started his third round with birdies on two of his first three at one and three, and he added another gain at No. 8, making the turn at minus-3. His lone bogey came at No. 10, but birdies at 16 and 18 had him atop the leaderboard with Cappelen and Piller.

NOTES: At one point on Saturday, nine players (Cappelen, Piller, Percy, Bozzelli, Sainz, Whitsett, Pinckney, Michael Kim and Whee Kim) were all tied for the lead at 15-under ... With a win, Cappelen will join Carlos Ortiz as the only player with multiple wins on tour this season.

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