Esteban Toledo shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the American Family Insurance Championship.
The 55-year old Mexican jumped 14 players and into the top spot after signing for a bogey-free card comprised of six birdies, highlighted by four gains over his final six holes.
“You know what, I played really well today. Made a lot of putts, got up and down a few times, hit the ball in the fairway pretty much all day long. You know, I played really well,” said Toledo.
“I think I made only one bogey in two days, and when I looked at the leaderboard on the last hole, I didn’t know I was tied for first. I was shocked a little bit.
“But you know what, it’s a lot of guys right next to it, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
“Right next to” Toledo were four players at 8-under par, headlined by defending champion Fred Couples, who fired a 67 to move 12 spots up the leaderboard into the T2 group.
Bernhard Langer and native son Jerry Kelly lead a group one further back at 7-under par.
Tournament host, and first-round leader, Steve Stricker struggled to a 2-over par 74 – his first over-par round on the senior circuit. Still, the Madison native is just three shots back at 6-under par.
THE TOP 10
1. Esteban Toledo -9 (69-66)
2. David Toms -8 (70-66)
2. Kent Jones -8 (69-67)
2. Fred Couples -8 (69-67)
2. Billy Mayfair -8 (68-68)
6. Scott McCarron -7 (70-67)
6. Mark Calcavecchia -7 (69-68)
6. Paul Goydos -7 (69-68)
6. Joey Sindelar -7 (69-68)
6. Bernhard Langer -7 (68-69)
6. Jerry Kelly -7 (68-69)
6. Glen Day -7 (68-69)
6. Brad Bryant -7 (65-72)
“Well, Trevino’s always special to me. I need few sponsor exemptions back five years ago and I asked him for help and he talked to several tournament directors and they called me and they said we’ll give you the spot. So it means a lot to me. He’s a very nice guy. And I ended up winning the Insperity when at the time I need those sponsor exemptions and Trevino gave it to me, so it’s always in my mind. He’s a good guy.”
– Esteban Toledo