La Quinta, Calif. Tim Herron took his turn Friday, shooting the third 11-under-par 61 of the tournament and tying Stephen Ames for the third-round lead in the Bob Hope Classic. Herron and Ames, who had a 64, were at 22-under 194 after 54 holes in the five-day event. Herron's lowest score on the tour came a day after Jay Haas and Pat Perez had 61s.
Haas, the 1988 Hope champion, had a third-round 67 and was just a shot behind the co-leaders. Perez, however, had a 70 that dropped him six strokes off the pace and into a group at 16-under.
Herron, a three-time winner since coming onto the tour in 1996, began on the back nine at PGA West and birdied his first three holes, including rolling in a 40-foot putt on the 207-yard, par-3 No. 12.
He was five under after his first nine holes, then made six birdie putts, the longest a 15-footer, on the back nine for a 30 as he bettered his previous personal low round by one stroke.