Mark Wilson has been to the PGA Tour’s qualifying school 10 straight years, and has gotten so used to the drill that he just assumes it’ll be part of his schedule. And Boo Weekley is probably best known for wearing camouflage pants and tennis shoes earlier in his career. An unlikely pair, for certain. Walker ClassicSouth African Richard Sterne held a one-shot lead after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Classic, turning in his second consecutive 8-under 64 in Thailand. Sterne, who is at 13-under 203 for the three days at the Blue Canyon Country Club, was one shot ahead of second-round leader Oliver Wilson of Britain. South African Anton Haig was a shot further behind at 205, followed by Richard Lee of New Zealand at 207. Retief Goosen was five shots off the lead at 208, Colin Montgomerie was at 209 and Ernie Els was at 210. Sterne started so poorly on Thursday, with a 75, that he packed his bags in anticipation of an early exit from the tournament. “After shooting 3 over, I’d actually brought my bags to the golf course on Friday because the flight was at 8 p.m.,” he said. “A bit of a change around, but I have played good golf and I made good putts and that sort of makes a big difference.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But they’ll be the final group Sunday at the Honda Classic. Both shot 4-under 66s Saturday in the third round at PGA National, good enough to put Wilson atop the leaderboard at 6 under and Weekley alone in second, one shot behind entering the final round – where both will seek their first career tour victory. “If I can walk off that green and know I’ll be exempt through 2009, it’ll be just a great feeling,” Wilson said. “But it’s more about the journey, enjoying the whole journey that I’ve gone on. I played in the 1991 PGA Junior here, for instance. … And here I am, 16 years later, with a chance to win on the PGA Tour.” Wilson is 0-for-110 on tour, with a world ranking of 265. And Weekley – a guy from the Florida Panhandle who speaks with a drawl and is still blown away by the fact that pro golfers get free golf clubs – hasn’t won any of his other 30 starts, with a world ranking of 196. “When I played the practice round, I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Weekley, who had his first career top-10 tour finish in Mexico last week. “The golf course, I didn’t think it was set up for me real well.” Daniel Chopra (68) was third at 4 under, and Steve Stricker (70) and Charlie Wi (72) were tied for fourth at 3 under. Robert Allenby (73), who entered the day tied for the lead with Wi, was 4 over on the back nine and was alone in sixth at 2 under. Over the past 11 years, the Honda winner has been someone without a previous victory on tour, a list that includes the likes of Padraig Harrington, Todd Hamilton and Stuart Appleby.
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