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J.J. Killeen is atop the Cox Classic leaderboard,
a familiar spot lately for the 29-year-old.

After more than three winless years on the Nationwide Tour, Killeen finally
broke through last week with a dominant four-shot win at the Utah
Championship. So, naturally, Killeen has rode the momentum into this week's
tournament at Champions Run.

Killeen followed up Friday's 64 with an eight-under 63 on Saturday, giving him
a three-shot cushion over four players, including third-round leaders Russell
Knox and Ken Duke.

Killeen had nine birdies and a lone bogey, putting him in prime position at
20-under 193 to become the Nationwide Tour's second two-time winner this year,
along with Mathew Goggin. Goggin, who could have earned a promotion to the PGA
Tour with his third win, sits nine shots back after a one-over 72 on Saturday.

Knox and Duke both bogeyed the last in matching rounds of 68, falling into a
share of second with Danny Lee (66) and Mike Lavery (67). It will take quite
an effort to topple Killeen, who finished off last week's win with a bogey-
free, six-under 65.

Gary Christian (64) and Troy Kelly (62) share sixth at 15-under.

 
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