Ames and Verplank tied for the lead

Stephen Ames stumbled down the stretch but still has a share of the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Stephen Ames stumbled down the stretch but still has a share of the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

A pair of late bogeys gave the Canadian a two-under-par 70 and he is tied with Scott Verplank in the lead of the event at 13-under 203.

Ames had just one birdie on the front nine but started to warm up after making the turn. He started the back nine with a birdie at number 10 and added consecutive birdies at number 13 and 14 to take a one-shot lead.

Verplank carded a one-under 71 and had the last of his four birdies at number 15. He grabbed a share of the lead with three pars to close his round while Ames bogeys 16 and 18.

While Ames, who fired a brilliant nine-under 63 on Friday that featured a stretch of 10 birdies in 12 holes, and Verplank are at the top of the leaderboard, their position there will likely be challenged many times on Sunday.

Tim Petrovic, Mathew Goggin, Jeff Overton, Justin Leonard and Tag Ridings are tied for third at 12-under 204. Heath Slocum is at 11-under 205 and a total of 19 players are within three shots of the lead.

This event is the last on the PGA Tour schedule and the last chance for players to move up on the all-important money list.

The top 125 are guaranteed fully exempt status on next year’s tour, while the top 150 get conditionally exempt status, meaning they can play in tournaments that are not filled by fully exempt players.

The top 30 on the year-end money list get invited to The Masters, while the top 50 are guaranteed invites to the invitation only tournaments like the Arnold Palmer

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