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Third-round Puerto Rico leader Stroud says it is time to win

Despite career earnings of nearly $10 million, he is far from satisfied

RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 25:  Chris Stroud watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 25, 2017 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 25: Chris Stroud watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on March 25, 2017 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

(Reuters) - Chris Stroud took a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Puerto Rico Open on Saturday, declaring it was time to win a PGA Tour event.

Stroud, winless in 276 starts on tour, has come close with a playoff loss in Hartford in 2013, but has never lifted a trophy.

Despite career earnings of nearly $10 million, he is far from satisfied.

“I feel like I’m way overdue,” the 35-year-old Texan told Golf Channel after making birdie at the par-five 18th for a five-under-par 67 at Coco Beach.

“At this point I’ve got experience on my side. I was very calm today. Nothing really freaks me out.”

Stroud, at 15-under 201, heads fellow Americans D.A. Points (69) and Bill Lunde (69) by one stroke, with six others two strokes behind.

With such a tightly-bunched leaderboard, Stroud knows he will need to attack on Sunday to have a chance of winning.

“I’m going to try to get to 20-under or more,” he said. “With these conditions you’ve got to make a lot of birdies. It’s not one of those golf courses you can sit around and make pars.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

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