Two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns chasing win No. 3

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Two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns will begin the final round at Sunriver Resort on Wednesday just three shots off of Rod Perry's lead.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 11:48 p.m.

SUNRIVER, Oregon -- Matt Dobyns won the PGA Professional Championship in 2012 and 2015.

On Wednesday, the PGA Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., will have a chance to join Mike Small (also in the mix) and Larry Gilbert as the tournament's only three-time champions.

Dobyns shot a 1-under 71 at Crosswater in the third round and at 4 under, he trails leader Rod Perry -- who won here in 2013 -- by three strokes.

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"It's nice to be in the mix again," said the 39-year-old Dobyns. "I'm proud of how I'm playing this week too because the course doesn't exactly set up for my game. It's good to at least be in the conversation for tomorrow. We'll see what happens. I don't really have any expectations. My caddie and I have been great together getting the numbers right this year relative to the last time we were here. The weather being so nice has helped as well."

Dobyns said that with the conditions players faced on Tuesday, it was the type of day where you wanted to make a move, but you also didn't want to make a mistake.

"We always walk this line -- are we trying to win the golf tournament, or are we trying to make the PGA Championship?" Dobyns said. "Those two desires create some confliction when you're looking at a shot... whether or not to go at a pin, or hit driver. It makes it a little confusing. I thought that the guys that went out a little earlier showed that the scores where there if you executed the shots. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

One thing is for sure -- the leaderboard is stacked going into the final round of this 50th PPC.

Perry leads the way with Dobyns in second, while Small is tied for third four shots back and defending champ Rich Berberian Jr. is tied for 10th, six shots back.

"I don't think you could ever be disappointed with making the PGA," Dobyns said. "We've all won the tournament before. Mike Small is looking to set a record and I'm sure he's dead set on doing that. I would expect him to play really well tomorrow. Rich has done a really impressive job of defending his title to this point. That's not easy. And Rod... this golf course is perfect for him. I'm not surprised that he's right in the mix as well. I'm just happy to be in the conversation and I'll focus as hard as I can tomorrow and see what happens." 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.