GREENSBORO, N.C. – K.J. Choi shot a 5-under-67 and D.J. Trahan shot 66 Saturday to tie for the lead after the third round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

Jason Bohn and Shigeki Maruyama were at 15-under, one shot back.

Choi, who began the day one shot off the lead, fell three shots back early in the round before birdieing the 12th, 13th and 16th holes at Forest Oaks Country Club. Trahan tied him thanks to an eagle on the 16th and a birdie on 17. Choi missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18.

Trahan, who started the day tied for third, holed his second shot from 165 yards on the par-4 16th to move to 15-under. The Clemson alum ran toward the gallery and hugged several family members and friends on his way to the green. Trahan followed by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on 17. Bohn, who won the B.C. Open earlier this year for his first PGA Tour title, eagled the par-5 2nd hole and finished the front nine with four straight birdies for a 30.

His fifth of six birdies on the 11th gave him a three-shot lead.

But after a birdie at 13 moved him to 16-under, Bohn finished with four pars and a bogey. The trouble started on the 15th when his second shot on the par-5 sailed right and landed on pine needles under a tree. Bohn was able to salvage par, but couldn’t on the 18th after his second shot from the rough flew over the green. He lipped out a 10-foot par putt to shoot 65.

“I had a couple of bad swings at the end but I played pretty well today overall,” Bohn said. “This is a course where you have to make a lot of birdies and my style is to fire at the flagsticks.”

Bohn moved into contention on the same day he received a $50,000 check, part of a $1 million prize he won for making a hole-in-one while a student at Alabama in 1992.

“The check is in my mailbox right now, Alabama is up 24-3 on Florida and I just shot 65,” Bohn said. “It’s a good day to be Jason Bohn.”

Second round leader John Huston, looking for his eighth career win, bogeyed the first hole on his way to a 74. He was six shots back.

Justin Rose shot 68 and was at 14-under, and Tim Herron was at 13-under.

World No. 6 Sergio Garcia, the highest ranked golfer in the field, shot 31 on the front nine but finished with a bogey and four pars for a 66. He is 12-under in his first Greensboro appearance.

“I’m there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Garcia said. “It’s not going to be as easy as today.”

Robert Gamez, who ended a 15-year winless drought by capturing the Texas Open last weekend, shot a 9-under 63 – one off the course record – to move to 12-under.

Gamez and most of the field took advantage of a near windless day and soft greens on a forgiving golf course, which was redesigned by Davis Love III in 2003.

“I could have shot 59 today with the way I’m playing,” Gamez said. “It used to be a great golf course, now it’s just a good golf course. Davis came in and made it a lot easier, so there have been a lot of low scores out here and you saw that the first day with (Charles Warren) shooting 62.”

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