SCOTT Brown birdied the final two holes on Saturday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Chris Smith after the third round of the US PGA Tour's wind-swept Puerto Rico Open.
Brown, the 2013 winner, matched Smith at 6-under at Trump International-Puerto Rico.
"Got a few more putts to go in today and ended up shooting a good round," Brown said.
"The wind died just a little bit for us this afternoon. Putting has been tough early in the week with the wind blowing as hard as it's been. It's still blowing around a little bit, tough to get it close."
The 45-year-old Smith had a 68. He won the 2002 Buick Classic in New York for his lone tour title.
"I'm starting to get comfortable playing golf again, which is nice, and it's fun," Smith said. "All three days have been fun. I'm just trying to keep taking steps. I feel like I'm taking steps."
Jon Curran and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo were a stroke back. Curran had a 70, and Grillo shot 72.
Second-round leader Alex Cejka dropped four strokes on the final four holes to fall into a tie for fifth at 4-under. He finished with a 75, making bogeys on the par-5 15th and par-4 17th and a double bogey on the par-5 18th.
Canada's Adam Hadwin (68) also was 4-under along with Scott Pinckney (71), Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge (71) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (69)
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