Price in position for News Sentinel Open win
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Aron Price fired a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to grab a 1-stroke lead entering the final round of the News Sentinel Open.
Price finished 54 holes at Fox Den Country Club at 13-under 200. He is seeking his second Web.com Tour win and first since 2008.
"I haven't been in contention too many times the last couple of years," admitted Price.
Overnight co-leader Blayne Barber, a Monday qualifier, birdied his final two holes for a third-round 68 and a share of second place at 12-under 201. He stands alongside Kevin Kisner, who shot 66.
"I looked at the (leader)board on 16, and I knew if I finished birdie-birdie, I could get in that final group. That was big," said Barber.
Miguel Angel Carballo (65) and Matt Bettencourt (66) share fourth at 11-under, while Richard Scott, the other overnight leader, is tied for sixth with six others at minus-10 after a third-round 70.
Scott, who missed the cut in 13 of his previous 19 starts, held a share of the lead for the majority of his round before falling apart late.
He was one back through 12 holes after Price wrapped up his bogey-free day with a birdie at the 18th to hit the clubhouse with a lead. Scott was 12-under at that point, but he stumbled to bogeys at the par-4 14th and the par-3 16th, then parred out to end three back.
Conversely, Barber finished strong after a lackluster start. He opened with a pair of birdies over his first five holes, but gave those shots back with bogeys at Nos. 9 and 10. From there, Barber heated up, carding three birdies over his final seven holes, including two straight from the 17th to get within a shot of the lead.
Still, neither player was a match for Price, who fired the low round of the day.
Price, who sits at 78th on the Web.com Tour money list, birdied three of his first seven holes to move into contention. Around the turn, he birdied three straight from the 10th to reach 12-under. After five straight pars, he birdied the last to grab a lead, which held throughout the remainder of the day.
"I'm not going to lie. I'm playing well, so it's a lot easier to keep a positive frame of mind and not worry about a bad shot or two," added Price.
Kisner, who won the Chile Classic in March, was also bogey-free on Saturday, as he fired five birdies to get within a shot of the top spot.
NOTES: Price's only Web.com Tour win came at the 2008 Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship ... His best finish on the circuit this year is a tie for seventh at the Air Capital Classic ... Barber is a non-Web.com Tour member. He was tied for second after two rounds in his previous start on the tour, the Mylan Classic, before being disqualified for signing an incorrect card ... The last qualifier to win a Web.com Tour event was Ted Potter, Jr., who titled at the 2011 South Georgia Classic ... With inclement weather in the forecast, Sunday's final round will have a split tee start beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.
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