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Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:47 PM UTC

Quinn's 62 gives him Panama lead

Golfers & GolfingPanama City, Panama (Sports Network) - Fran Quinn established a new course record with an eight-under 62 on Saturday and moved to the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Panama Claro Championship. Quinn finished 54 holes at 16-under 194 and crushed the former third-round record of 200 set by Tripp Isenhour and Brenden Pappas in 2006. Quinn is five strokes ahead at Panama Golf Club. Julio Zapata shot a three-under 67 and is alone in second place at minus-11. Fabian Gomez (66), Mark D. Anderson (67) and Brian Smock (67) share third place at 10-under 200. Second-round leader Kevin Kisner carded an even-par 70 on Saturday and that dropped him into a tie for sixth place with 2008 champion Scott Dunlap, who had a one-under 69. The pair finished at nine-under 201. This course was the most difficult on the Nationwide Tour last year, but three days of rain and no wind have led to a rewriting of the record books. Nine- hole, 18-hole, and 54-hole records have been shattered. "We haven't had the wind," said Quinn. "You get the wind and the greens get a little firmer and a lot of shots get trickier. It's a great golf course, but it's also out there." Quinn flew out of the gate on Saturday with seven birdies in his first 10 holes. After his approach at 11, a rain deluge hammered the course and caused play to be stopped for about 20 minutes. "We had to wait in the fairway and the momentum slowed down a little bit," acknowledged Quinn. "We waited about 20 minutes. I think it affected everybody. I think it slowed me down but I continued to hit good shots, I just didn't make the putts." Quinn made one last putt and it was important. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to give him a 62 and break Isenhour's course record from four years ago. "I came down here just to keep my momentum and keep playing well and be ready for my next ones," admitted Quinn, a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour. "I think I'm in four of the next five on tour. I was using this week to make sure I was ready when I get my opportunity and right now I have a great opportunity on Sunday. I'm enjoying it." Marco Dawson shot a one-under 69 and is alone in eighth at minus-eight. NOTES: The weather stoppage was the first in the seven-year history of the tournament... Quinn's five-shot lead is the largest on tour since Marc Leishman led by the same number at the 2008 WNB Golf Classic.
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