Allred stays close at Boise Open

BOISE, Idaho — Jason Allred cashed in again on the scoring frenzy at the Tour 24th Albertsons Boise Open.

Allred, an Ashland native, remained in contention on a crowded leader board by shooting a 4-under par 67 Saturday at the Hillcrest Country Club. Allred's 15-under par 198 total after three rounds puts the Ashland native just three shots off leader Philip Pettitt Jr., who posted a career-low 63 to move to 18-under and take a one-shot advantage over 36-hole leader Russell Knox.

Knox followed up a record-setting 59 on Friday with a bogey-free, 3-under 68.

Pettitt, a second-year Tour member, has the edge despite the fact that he's never been the outright leader after any single round in his previous 48 career starts on tour.

"I won three times in 2011 and it's a different stage. I get that but winning's winning," said Pettitt, whose career-best tour finish is a tie for third. "I've done it before. I've got to remember that feeling that I had there."

Pettitt had missed the cut in five of his last six starts and wouldn't have been among the betting favorites this week.

Allred made a late charge by birding his final two holes to move into a seven-way tie for ninth. Allred started the day tied for ninth and there are 20 players within four shots of the lead.

Allred, 33, hurt himself with three bogeys, two coming on the back nine. Allred had seven birdies on his round in the $775,000 tournament.

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