SCORESHEET: Ashland's Jason Allred surprises as PGA Tour contender; Crescent Valley grad Robert Garrigus falls back
Crescent Valley High graduate Robert Garrigus, 36 and in his 18th year as a pro, fell off the pace Saturday in the third round of the $6.7 million Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Garrigus shot a 2-over-par 73 and fell into a tie for 15th at 6-under 207, six shots behind the leader, William McGirt.
The biggest story among the contenders, however, continued to be former Ashland High star Jason Allred ranked No. 900 in the world.
Playing in his first PGA Tour event since qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open, he fired a 67 on Saturday on the heels of his Friday 64. Allred enters Sunday's final round only three shots out of the lead.
Allred, whose wife is due with the couple's third child at the end of February, rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole on Saturday.
"Making the putt on 18 is probably the most excitement I've felt from the crowd ever in my career," Allred said.
Allred, who earned a spot via the Monday qualifier, is at 9-under 204, one shot behind George McNeill and Charlie Beljan, who are tied for second.
Also at 204 is Brian Harman.
Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker (three wins already this season), Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson and Sang-Moon Bae are in a group at minus-8.
The 33-year-old Allred, who graduated from Pepperdine in 2002 and turned pro later that year, earned $37,096 on the Web.com Tour last year, with one top-10 finish. He has played sparingly, even on the Web.com circuit, over the past six years.
Allred played the PGA Tour only in 2005 and 2008. He was No. 204 on the 2005 money list, making eight of 29 cuts. His best-ever PGA Tour showing was a tie for 14th in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Allred was the 1997 U.S. Junior champion and the 1996 Class 4A Oregon School Activities Association state champ.
Damian Lillard won one of his three events Saturday night at the NBA All-Star Game.
The Trail Blazers' 6-3 guard teamed with Trey Burke of Utah to repeat as a Skills Challenge champion.
Lillard had less success, and luck, in the slam dunk and 3-point competitions.
He lost by one point, 19-18, to San Antonio's Marco Belinelli in the Western Conference 3-point shooting. Lillard made 14 of 25 attempts. Belinelli went on to defeat Bradley Beal of Washington for the title.
And Lillard lost on a split decision in the dunking event at New Orleans, first as part of a West team against the East and then head-to-head versus Toronto's Terrence Ross, the 2013 slam dunk king from Jefferson High.
TRACK AND FIELD
Future Portland Pilots runner Mary Cain, 17, captured the Wanamaker Mile at New York on Saturday night.
The Nike Oregon Project member from Bronxville, N.Y., finished in 4:27.73 at the Armory, beating teammate Treniere Moser by more than a second.