Aldridge leads by 2 at Dallas Open

Jun 7, 2015 - 12:23 AM Lewisville, TX ( - Tyler Aldridge fired his second straight 7-under 65 in Saturday's third round and moved into the lead at the inaugural Greater Dallas Open.

Aldridge, who is winless on the Tour, finished 54 holes at 19-under- par 197. He has had top-15 finishes in his last two tour starts.

"I'm putting well, that's all there is to it. I'm hitting a lot of greens and giving myself chances," Aldridge said. "It's the best I've played in a while, I'll give you that. It feels good."

Steve Marino shot 6-under 66 and moved into second place at minus-17. Matt Weibring also carded a 66 and jumped to 16-under-par 200. He shares third place with Michael Kim (69).

Troy Matteson matched Aldridge's 65 to share low round of the day honors at The Lakes at Castle Hills. Matteson moved into a tie for fifth at minus-15 and stands alongside Travis Bertoni (66), Julian Etulain (70), Joel Dahmen (67) and Gregory Yates (67).

Adam Long led early on as he birdied three of the first four holes to soar to 16-under, where he was one clear of three players. However, he bogeyed the sixth and seventh to fall from the lead.

Weibring poured in five birdies in a 6-hole span from the third to join Silvers and Aldridge at 16-under. It was all Aldridge from there.

Aldridge opened with birdies at one and two. After five consecutive pars, he dropped in another birdie on the par-5 eighth.

Around the turn, Aldridge birdied the 11th to gain a share of the lead. He moved in front as he made it two in a row at the 12th. Aldridge dropped in a birdie effort at 15 and pushed his lead to two thanks to a birdie at the 18th.

Marino had two birdies and seven pars on the front nine. He climbed to 14- under with a birdie at the par-5 12th.

The Colombia Championship runner-up made eagle at the short par-4 15th. Like Aldridge, Marino closed with a birdie at the last.

"I'm playing solid. You know you have to go out there and attack," said Marino. "This course lends itself to birdies so I'm just aggressive off the tee and hitting driver everywhere. I want to hit it down there as far as I can and give myself chances."

NOTES: Aldridge leads after any round for the first time in his Tour career ... Aldridge's best tour finish was a runner-up finish at the 2009 Utah Championship ... Joe Affrunti withdrew after the third round.

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