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May 4, 2014

Leaders hurry to complete third round at the Classic

VALDOSTA —

There was no doubt about, the players were determined to get the third round of the South Georgia Classic finished Saturday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
After two straight days of rounds stacked up on themselves, the final group of Carlos Ortiz, Max Homa and Rob Oppenheim did what they could to close out the third round, finishing on the 18th green at 8:26 p.m. The day, and the completion of the second round, began at 7:45 a.m.
Oppenheim, a Monday qualifer to even get into the Classic field, was around for both start and finish.
“This is the longest day I've had in golf,” he said after shooting a 6-under in the second round to get him into contention and then following it up with a 70 to keep himself there at 11-under heading into today's final round. “Teering off at 7:45 and finishing at dark, it's been a full day of golf.
“I've played 36-hole qualifiers before, but I was legitimately from sunup to sundown playing golf. I had a little break in between, but I can't remember a day longer.”
The determination to finish out the round, though, may have cost all three players in the final grouping. All three bogeyed the 18th, with Ortiz dropping back to 12-under where he remains alone atop the leaderboard, and Oppenheim and Homa each dropping to 11-under where they sit tied with Adam Webb. 
Still, there was no complaints.
“The circumstances were definitely so that you wanted to finish,” Oppenheim said. “We were rushing. On 17, we were basically running to the green, so we were rushing. But it was worth it.
“I think everybody had the same mentality of let's get in there. We had to wait a few times on the group in front of us and the next thing you know, they're two holes ahead of us. So, I think everybody had the same mentality, especially those last few groups.”

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