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Tyler, Risdon Surge into Lead at Texas State Open

on 04 August 2012.

LEWISVILLE—With temperatures back in the triple digits for the third straight day and gusts of wind blowing up to 21 mph, The Lakes at Castle Hills once again offered a championship test for the 50 players who made the cut at the 42nd Bright Realty Texas State Open.

Houston's Nathan Tyler surged into a share of the lead Saturday with his second straight 2-under 70 at The Lakes at Castle Hills.Houston's Nathan Tyler surged into a share of the lead Saturday with his second straight 2-under 70 at The Lakes at Castle Hills.Many of the 36-hole leaders backed up significantly in the third round. Houston native Nathan Tyler was the only player in the final four groups to shoot under par Saturday. His 2-under-par 70 moved him to 5-under (211) through 54 holes and gave the former University of Arizona standout a share of the lead headed into Sunday’s final round.

Tyler, a fifth-year pro who played in the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in New York, will be in the final group Sunday with Canadian Dustin Risdon, who posted Saturday's best round. Risdon’s 5-under 67 included six birdies and moved him from 12th place into the a share of the lead.

“I was last off (in the second round), and I made five birdies on the back nine,” said Stratford, Alberta’s Risdon, who scored three victories in six seasons on the Canadian Tour. “I started making putts yesterday and carried that over today.”

Tyler, who spent the 2009 season on the Web.com Tour and played in a couple PGA Tour events as well, colored his scorecard Saturday with five birdies and three bogeys. He’s second in the field in “pars or better,” having made pars or birdies on 48 of 54 holes.

“It was an up-and-down day for me today,” Tyler said. “It was a real grind, but that’s what this week is all about. The course is playing difficult to say the least. It’s almost like a U.S. Open set up. You have to hit it in the fairway to hold the greens, and you have to hit the greens to make par. It’s a great test.”

Coppell’s Jamie Elliott and Pat Grady from Broomfield, Colo., both shot 2-under 70s on Saturday and find themselves tied for third place at 2-under 213. They’re two strokes behind Tyler and Risdon. San Antonio’s Matthew Vela balanced four bogeys with four birdies to shoot even par and sits alone in fifth place at 2-under 214.

Amateur Will Dusenbury shot a third round 69 and shares ninth place with three others. Dusenbury has a one-shot lead over Kolton Crawford for low amateur honors. Southlake’s Vincent Martino and Dru Fenimore from Dallas were the only other amateurs to make the cut.

On the line in Sunday’s final round is the $125,000 purse with $25,000 going to the winner. Play begins at 7 a.m., and the leaders should tee off shortly after noon. Follow the action with live scoring by clicking here.

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