BOISE, ID - Daniel Summerhays fired a seven-under 64 Saturday to grab a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Boise Open.
Summerhays finished 54 holes at 17-under-par 196.
His three-round total of 196 matched the tournament's 54-hole scoring record that Rick Cramer first set in 1996 and was later matched by Mario Tiziani in 2006 as well as Jim McGovern and D.A. Points in 2007. One thing working against Summerhays, none of those four went on to win the title.
Summerhays was the first amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour when he won the 2007 Children's Hospital Invitational.
PGA Tour veterans Kirk Triplett (65) and John Mallinger (64) share second place at minus-15.
Second-round leader Peter Tomasulo managed an even-par 71 Saturday. He slipped into a share of fourth place, where he was joined at 14-under-par 199 by Hunter Haas (67), John Kimbell (64) and Keegan Bradley (66).
Summerhays was hot right out of the gate. He converted a birdie chance at the first and followed with birdies on two and three to get within one of Tomasulo's lead.
The 26-year-old Summerhays birdied the sixth to get back within one of Tomasulo, who followed a bogey on two with birdies on the third and fourth.
Tomasulo fell into a share of the lead with a bogey on the eighth. Around the turn, Summerhays moved atop the leaderboard with a birdie on the 10th. He gave that stroke back with a bogey on No. 12.
Summerhays joined a charging Mallinger in the lead at minus-15 with a birdie on 15th. He made it two in a row with a birdie on 16 to move one up on Mallinger. Summerhays rolled in a birdie effort from the fringe at the 18th to finish two clear.
"I putted really well today. The putter was definitely rolling today," stated Summerhays. "I hit it solid enough to score well and to give the putter a chance."
Mallinger was one-under for his round through 13 holes. He flew up the leaderboard by going six-under over his last five holes. Mallinger birdied the 14th and followed with an eagle on the short par-four 15th, where he holed a shot from a greenside bunker. He closed with three straight birdies to finish at minus-15.
"I came out here just to play and stay competitive. I'm at a point now where I've got nothing to lose so I'm just going to go out there and fire at flags," said Mallinger, who just missed the FedEx Cup playoffs and is playing on the Nationwide Tour to stay sharp for the Fall Series on the PGA Tour.
"I've got four or five events to play out there, but it would definitely help my confidence going into the next few weeks."
Triplett, who played alongside Summerhays, had a bogey-free round with six birdies, two on the front nine and four on the back nine.
NOTES: Tommy Gainey and Martin Piller both are looking for their third win of the season, which would give either an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour...It likely won't happen this week though as Gainey is tied for 46th at minus-seven after shooting one-under 70 in round three, while Piller faltered to a five-over 76 to tumble into last place at minus-one.