Winings leads Air Capital Classic by 2 shots

Jun 28, 2015 - 12:25 AM Wichita, KS ( - Andy Winings posted a 4-under 66 in Saturday's third round and moved two strokes clear of the field at the Air Capital Classic.

Winings, who had missed the cut in three of his last four starts, ended three rounds at 13-under-par 197.

Nicholas Lindheim was one of four players to shoot 65 in round three. He jumped into second place at minus-11. Scott Gutschewski (67) and Brett Stegmaier (67) were one shot further back at 10-under-par 200.

Dawie van der Walt, who sat atop the leaderboard when the second round was suspended on Friday evening, posted an even-par 70 in the third round and is alone in fifth place at minus-9.

There was a three-hour weather delay on Friday at Crestview Country Club and play was later called for the day due to darkness. The second round was completed earlier Saturday.

Defending champion Sebastian Cappelen carded his second straight 66 and climbed into a tie for sixth at 8-under-par 202. He was joined there by Miguel Angel Carballo (70), Rod Pampling (66), Ryan Spears (67) and Dicky Pride (65).

Winings got off to a quick start with birdies at one and two. He parred the final seven holes of the front nine and made the turn with a 3-stroke lead over Gutschewski and Pride.

The 28-year-old also parred the first four holes of the back nine. Winings birdied the par-5 14th, then moved to 13-under with a 5-foot birdie putt at the 17th. Winings closed out his bogey-free round with a par on No. 18.

"The X-factor this week has been my putter. I made a lot of good putts and just grinded it out," said Winings, who hit just 10 of 18 greens in regulation in round three. "Those were all key putts (on 15, 16 and 17) for me. They kept the momentum going for me."

Lindheim, who had missed the cut in his last three starts, played the front nine in even-par with seven pars, a bogey at six and a birdie on the seventh.

Around the turn, Lindheim birdied the par-3 12th, then jumped to minus-9 with an eagle on the 14th. Back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17 got him within two of the lead.

"I didn't know I was moving up the leaderboard until I looked on 18," admitted Lindheim. "I started rough and stayed patient like everybody says. I made a couple of putts, took advantage of the good shots I hit, and there you go."

NOTES: Winings has the 54-hole lead for the first time in his Tour career ... The cut fell at 1-under-par 139 with 68 players advancing to the final two rounds.

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