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Third-round Puerto Rico leader Stroud says it is time to win

(Reuters) - Chris Stroud took a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Puerto Rico Open on Saturday, declaring it was time to win a PGA Tour event.

Stroud, winless in 276 starts on tour, has come close with a playoff loss in Hartford in 2013, but has never lifted a trophy.

Despite career earnings of nearly $10 million, he is far from satisfied.

“I feel like I’m way overdue,” the 35-year-old Texan told Golf Channel after making birdie at the par-five 18th for a five-under-par 67 at Coco Beach.

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“At this point I’ve got experience on my side. I was very calm today. Nothing really freaks me out.”

Stroud, at 15-under 201, heads fellow Americans D.A. Points (69) and Bill Lunde (69) by one stroke, with six others two strokes behind.

With such a tightly-bunched leaderboard, Stroud knows he will need to attack on Sunday to have a chance of winning.

“I’m going to try to get to 20-under or more,” he said. “With these conditions you’ve got to make a lot of birdies. It’s not one of those golf courses you can sit around and make pars.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

 
 
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