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Posted on Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 - 12:16 am EDT

Cauley gets good vibe from course

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Bud Cauley came close to winning the Hotel Fitness Championship in its inaugural year, shooting 17 under and finishing three strokes back of the champion, Trevor Immelman, last year.

Hes in the running again, thanks to a 5-under 67 that put him at 13 under heading into todays final round at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

He is tied for fourth place, two strokes back of the leader, Colt Knost.

Its always nice to come back to a place where youve played well, said Cauley, 24. Theyve changed the course a little bit with some of the bunkering and the tee shots and obviously No. 18 is a lot different but Ive had good vibes coming in and Im trying to keep it going.

Last year, all of Cauleys rounds were between 65 and 69. This year, theyve been between 66 and 70.

On Saturday, he birdied Nos. 1 and 2 en route to a 4-under 32 on the front nine.

I got off to a good start, he said. I maybe could have had a few more (birdies) on the back, but it got difficult, it got very windy, and Ill take it. I finished two back, after starting four back, and Im moving in the right direction so Ill try to get off to a quick start in the final round and see what happens.

The tournament, which in its second year has a $1 million purse, including $180,000 for the champion, includes players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour and Nos. 126 to 200 in the FedEx Cup rankings. The Tour Finals will decide 25 PGA Tour cards for next season.

You can make some birdies and get off to a quick start here, Cauley said.

At only 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, Cauley was asked how hes able to generate such power; hes hit 26 of 42 fairways, 36 of 54 greens in regulation and totaled 77 putts over the three rounds.

I work at all of it, he said of his training regimen. When Im home, I get working with my trainer and try to generate more speed and try to stay healthy, also.

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The shot of the tournament came in the second round, when Bill Lund had a hole-in-one on the fourth hole on the way to a 68, which put him in 11th place at 7 under. But hes now in 40th at 4 under and he can thank a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th Saturday. His approach shot came up about 70 yards short and in the water. Then, he shanked a shot across the fairway before hitting over the green and one-putting for a 75. The hardest hole has been the par-7th, where players have averaged a score of 3.258 in the tournament. The easiest? The par-5 2nd, where the average has been a 4.324, including 19 of the tournaments 42 eagles. jcohn@jg.net


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