Patrick Rodgers has shot a six-under 64 to share the third-round lead with fellow American Ben Martin in the RSM Classic, earning another shot at his first PGA Tour title.
Martin was poised to match that score until he came up short on the 18th green, chipped to just inside 5 feet and missed the par putt. He had a 65.
They were at 14-under 198 in the final PGA Tour event of the year, and it was far from a two-man race.
Ten players were within two shots of the lead, a group that included Sahith Theegala (68), Brian Harman (64) and even Harry Higgs, who was atop the leaderboard at the start of the day and had a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 70.
Australia's Aaron Baddley was at seven under after a 68.
Rodgers was the top-ranked amateur in the world his final year at Stanford. He is making his 226th start on the PGA Tour and still searching for his first win.
He hit the reset button after last season ended in August, setting up a plan with swing coach Jeff Smith that entails making incremental improvements. It appears to be working.
He tied for third in Bermuda three weeks ago and has been a steady presence during the fall events.
"I feel like I put together a tiny offseason with my coach, Jeff Smith. We really put a good plan together," Rodgers said. "I've been feeling more comfortable. It's a hard game, and it's always nice to see hard work pay off."
Eight of the top players on the leaderboard have yet to win on the PGA Tour.
Theegala certainly had his chances during his rookie year that saw him reach the Tour Championship. Taylor Pendrith (65) got plenty of experience playing his first Presidents Cup in September. Taylor Montgomery has had a strong start to his rookie season with five finishes in the top 15. He already is up to No. 65 in the world.
Martin's lone PGA Tour victory was eight years ago in Las Vegas.
Adam Svensson of Canada made the biggest move with a 62, including an eagle on the par-5 15th hole, putting him one shot behind along with Theegala and Andrew Putnam. He saved par from a bunker on the last hole for a 69.