Three Way Tie at Charity Championship

By Dan Lucy |

Published 08/09 2014 07:28PM

Updated 08/09 2014 09:37PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Michael Kim teed off the third round clinging to a fragile one stroke lead.

Snapping on his heels, five grizzled veterans ready to chase down the tour rookie.

"It'll be interesting to see how the 21-year old handles the pressure of being atop the leaderboard.  Kim has never owned the lead after two rounds, in fact he's finished in the top ten only once.  In fact he came into the Charity Championship ranked 662nd in the world." 

Kim birdied the first hole to move to 14 under.

"A little nervous on the first tee, but it was a good type of nervous, just excited for the day," said Michael Kim.

But by the third hole, the pack had caught him.

Scott Pinckney birdies three to tie for the lead at 14 under.

Martin Piller has been in the hunt all week, and on number 11 he rolls in this birdie to move into sole possession of first place at 16 under.

"You got to take advantage of that hole because it's a pretty short par 5. I've played the back nine really well this week, especially around the turn here," said Martin Piller.

Kim birdied 11 as we'll to move into a tie for first at 16 under.

Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen played his college golf at Arkansas.  And the Razorback saved par on nine to stay at 14 under.

Cappelen caught fire on the back side and was tied for the lead on 18.

But he hooked his tee shot into the water, and he saved par with this putt and had the clubhouse at 16 under.

"I saw people were going back and fourth between 15 and 16. No one really wanted go past 16 for some reason. All I was really focused on was staying in my game and making the right decision," said Sebastian Cappelen.

Piller's struggled for years here at Highland Springs, but he rolled in this birdie on 18 to go to 16 under and a share of the lead.

"I've actually never played well here, though. I don't think I've ever made the cut here. I think I have been here five or six times and have never made the cut, I don't know why," said Piller.

Kim and Cameron Percy had an adventure on 18.

Kim scrambled to save par, to finish at 15 under.

Percy's from Australia and rolled in this birdie putt to move into a three way tie for first at 16 under.

"I've wanted to have my card wrapped up early. I've never been in this position to be honest. So you don't sleep to well, food doesn't taste any good, a few guys have said that. A good finish tomorrow and I'm getting on the tour, so it's a big carrot," said Cameron Percy.

So there's a three way tie for first going into Sunday's Championship Round.

At the Highland Springs, Dan Lucy KOLR 10 sports.

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