Kokrak leads by three over Every at N'wide Miccosukee Championship

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Series: Web.com Tour

Published: Saturday, October 15, 2011 | 11:43 p.m.

Jason Kokrak held steady during a windy third round at the Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship on Saturday and maintained his three-stroke lead heading into Sunday's finale. Kokrak fired a 3-under 68 and his 15-under 198 total is three better than Florida's Matt Every (67).

Chris Nallen (66) and Roger Tambellini (67) share third place, four back of the leader.

MICCOSUKEE CHAMPIONSHIP

With the season winding down, 93 of the top 100 on the Nationwide Tour money list are playing this week.

South Carolina's Mark Anderson (66) and England's Greg Owen (66) share fifth place, five behind Kokrak, who is in search of his second win in the past five weeks.

"It allowed for players hitting the ball well to play well," Kokrak said of the 10-20 mph winds. "It kept somebody from shooting 7, 8 or 9 under par today. I had a fair lead to start the round and I knew it would play to my advantage."

Kokrak started with a three-shot bulge and saved par on his first two holes, the second from about 18 feet. From there he added three birdies and was up by six at the turn.

"I knew I was up by a comfortable margin," he said. "I wouldn't say I played conservatively on the back, I just made sure that if I was going to miss, it would be on the right side of the hole."

With most of his closest challengers unable to mount a charge, Kokrak miscues didn't cost him. He hit only half the fairways and only 12 greens in regulation but managed his game and never saw his lead drop below three strokes.

He was up by four after a thin 8-iron tee shot wound up two feet from the cup at the par-3 17th hole. The lead was cut to three when his 18-inch par putt on the final hole did a 360-degree spin out of the cup.

"It was just like any other day," he said. "I put myself in solid position and hopefully I can do that again tomorrow."

Every rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the closing hole to grab a spot in Sunday's final pairing.

"You've got to realize the value of par out here today," he said. "Even on the easy holes, when you make a par, it's not the worst thing in the world."