Briny Baird Looking for First PGA Tour Win

Michael Jancey Baird, better known as Briny Baird has teed it up in 347 PGA Tour events, none of which have produced a victory.

Through three rounds at the 2011 Open in San Jose, California, the 39-year old Miami Beach native will sleep on the 54 hole lead.

Baird carded a third round score 64 taking him to 13-under par and a two stroke advantage over Paul Casey and Ernie Els.

His round of 64 included an eagle, seven birdies to only two bogeys.

Baird, a pro since 1995 does have one victory as a professional. That came in 2000 at the Monterey Open on the Nationwide Tour (then the Tour).

In 2011, he is ranked inside the top-25 on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, greens in regulation as well as total driving.

In the third round today, Baird went to the top of the leader board by himself after converting a five-foot birdie putt on No. 14.

He then went on to two putt for a birdie on the par-five 15th and was then two strokes ahead of the field.

Baird then widened his lead by dropping a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 17 to move three clear of everyone else.

One slip that could have proved to be more costly than it ended up being was his awful tee shot on the 18th.

After taking a penalty, Baird dropped and fired his approach shot some eight feet past the flag stick.

He would go on to miss the putt, card a bogey and end up with a two stroke advantage heading into Sunday.

Baird had this to say in his post round press conference. "I felt good with my game. I know how I felt today. If I can feel tomorrow like I did today, I'm probably going to be a very, very hard guy to beat."

"And this is coming from a guy who's never won on the PGA Tour."

He may have never won on the PGA Tour before, but it could have to do with that he has never even held a 54 hole lead in all 227 tournaments he has made the cut in during his career.

Could this be the event Baird gets his first victory at? We are 18 holes away from finding out.

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