PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Albany golf pro Josh Broadaway called his goal of finishing in the Top 10 in his first PGA Tour event of his career a "long shot" after just barely making the cut line of 6-over after Friday's second round.
After Saturday, that goal now seems quite attainable.
Broadaway moved from tied at 66th overall after Day 2 to tied for 30th after Saturday, using a solid 2-under to climb a staggering 36 spots up the leaderboard with one round to play.
"I think I've got a shot," Broadaway said Saturday.
Broadaway, who has played on the lower-tier Nationwide Tour for the last six years, said after Friday's round -- in which he also shot 2-under -- that he didn't feel like he had to go out and shoot five or six under par to reach his goal, but rather just needed to stay steady and post exactly the kind of score he did Saturday.
"I played really well (in the third round), a lot like I did (Friday). I didn't really hole any putts (or my score could've been better)," he said. "The wind was blowing really hard again and it made it tough on everyone. Usually, the ones who tee off in the morning don't have it as bad as the ones later because it's usually calmer, but it was the opposite (Saturday). It whipped up early for us, then layed down for the leaders later on."
Broadaway, whose 36-spot jump was the largest of any player Saturday, will tee off at 9:25 a.m. today with PGA Tour regulars Sean O'Hair and Nathan Green. Broadaway and everyone else will be chasing leader Rory Sabbatini, who was at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under and running away with it -- five shots ahead of two players tied at 4-under in second place (Y.E Yang and Jerry Kelly).
However, just two strokes separates Broadaway in 30th place from those tied for 16th at 2-over.
"My goal is still the Top 10. That hasn't changed," said Broadaway, who is still without a win on the Nationwide Tour, with his best finish being third in 2008 at the Miccosukee Classic in Miami. "But I'm also trying not to get wrapped up in all that. I just want to go out, play my game and take it one shot at a time."
Which is exactly what he did Saturday.
Broadaway opened with three straight pars, then birdied No. 4, parred No. 5 and bogeyed No. 6.
"Oh, No. 6 ..." Broadaway lamented with a laugh. "I'm not sure if anyone has birdied that hole all week. It's a tough one. It's giving everyone trouble. It's a Par 4, but it's 470 yards away and should be a Par 5. It's surrounded by water and I think when this (PGA) season is over, it will go down as one of the Top 5 toughest holes players play all year. I bogeyed it Thursday, then parred it Friday and actually reached the green in two shots on Saturday, but then three-putted."
Broadaway rebounded, however, and parred No. 7, then birdied No. 8 and parred the final hole on his front nine to make the turn at 1-under.
Broadaway was on fire to start his back nine, birdieing Nos. 10 and 12 before a pair of bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16 brought him back to even. But after a birdie on 18, Broadaway headed into the clubhouse at 2-under for one of the best scores by any player all day. The lowest was a 66 by Sabbatini, while only two other players shot 67, and four players, including Broadaway, fired a third-round 68.
"I hung in there and played well, I really did," said Broadaway, who attended Byne before going on to star on the golf team at Troy. "I've got one more day and let's hope it's a solid one. Then let the chips fall where they may."
The pay day, should he manage to finish in the Top 30, or 20 or even 10, would be a nice chunk of change for Broadaway, who has never finished higher than 36th on the Nationwide Tour money leaders list in his six years. He earned $172,811 in 2008.