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PGA Club Professional Greg Bisconti has shot rounds of 75-72-78. (Photo: The PGA of America)

Bisconti, Sturgeon battle for low club professional honors

Grant Sturgeon stumbled to a 80 Saturday, but leads Greg Bisconti by one shot for the low PGA Club Professional honors heading into the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

By Bob Denney, The PGA of America

Grant Sturgeon of Ambler, Pa., who admitted that his short game was a stumbling block to advancing his game, suffered a triple bogey-7 on the 18th hole Saturday to post an 80 in his bid for Low Club Professional honors in the 91st PGA Championship.

With one round to go, the 31-year-old PGA assistant professional at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club has a 54-hole total of 8-over-par 224, one stroke better than Greg Bisconti of South Salem, N.Y., who came in with a 78 and 225 total.

"My short game is by far the weakest part of my game," said Sturgeon. "Today, I put myself in bad spots and I ended up with three three-putts today. It was one of those days. But, I'm still having an absolute blast."

Sturgeon's caddie is longtime friend and former University of Louisville teammate Brett Jones of Fort Myers, Fla., who plays the mini-tour circuit in Florida.

"We got started on a downslide and couldn't get it where we could make a nice putt," said Jones. "We will go out tomorrow and start fresh and see what happens."

Bisconti, 36, is a PGA assistant professional at The St. Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and found out that he had made the cut on Friday while touring the PGA Golf Shop at Hazeltine National.

"I appreciate yesterday's round a lot better now," said Bisconti, after a roller coaster round of two birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey. "I really didn't think I made it. Back at the U.S. Open [Section Qualifying Tournament], people felt I made it, but I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I didn't think about it too much. This time, an hour and a half after I was done, I found out I made it.

"I didn't get to think much about it until late last night, because I was answering all the e-mails and texts that came in. It's the first time in my life I haven't been able to keep up with the messages as they came in. At one point, I had to turn the phone off. The [message] are all from family and friends at St. Andrew's [Golf Club].

 At Medinah [in the PGA 2007 Championship], I played a fantastic round of golf. The second day was just a blur.  This week I'm more in touch with what I'm doing. I'm playing golf as opposed to before when I was just a deer in the headlights."

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