Branden Grace withdraws after positive Covid-19 test at Barracuda Championship

Mike Weir makes his debut on the Champioins Tour on Friday.
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Mike Weir makes his debut on the Champioins Tour on Friday. Jared C. Tilton Getty Images

Following the best round of the day at the Barracuda Championship, Troy Merritt has jumped into the lead, holding a four-point edge heading into tomorrow's final round of play.

In this system, golfers get +8 for an albatross, +5 for an eagle, +2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse. "No, you've got to keep pushing gotten you in, but now you're in given a couple of withdrawals".

Merritt finished his round on the par-71, 7,390-yard Old Greenwood Golf Course with birdies on holes 16 and 17, before just missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole.

"I felt great all week", said the 32-year-old South African.

Last year, Merritt seized a two-point lead through 54 holes of the event but shot plus-7 in the final round, finishing at plus-44 and three strokes behind victor Collin Morikawa.

"I'm fully into this but there's a different context when you're 50 compared to when you're in your early 20s and kind of trying to make your way", he said. The points change so quickly around here ...

Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo were tied for second.

The 47-year-old Indian had three birdies and three bogeys as he picked three points from the round to take his total to +9 and make the cut at Tied-46th, eight places below his first round position.

"I played well", said Grillo. "For me, the most encouraging thing is that my game has been solid all week". "I played well all day". "If you start with some birdies on the front nine, you're going to catch up quick". A victory at Barracuda will help him make the PGA Championship next week.

Stanley moved onto 22 points at the PGA Tour event, which is played in the Modified Stableford format.

Matthias Schwab (20 points), Robert Streb (20) and Branden Grace (20) are tied for second. "Of course there's going to be some nervous energy going into any tournament but I think at this stage of life it's a different kind of nervous, it's more excitement". The top two players, not otherwise exempt, finishing in the top-10, earn exemptions into 2020 U.S. Open.

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