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Argentina's Fabian Gomez, seeking his first US PGA Tour title, fired a seven-under par 65 on Saturday to match American Scott Brown for a share of the lead at the Puerto Rico Open.
Gomez and Brown, both second-year PGA players whose best career finish on the US tour came at this event a year ago, finished the third round of the $3.5 million event on 18-under par 198 for 54 holes.
Brown -- whose hometown of Augusta, Georgia, is also the site of the Masters every April -- fired a 67 on Saturday to join Gomez in Sunday's final group. Brown, 29, finished fifth in last year's Puerto Rico Open.
Gomez, 34, finished in a share of seventh here last year. Gomez shared 10th at last year's qualifying tournament to keep his PGA playing rights for 2013.
Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, last year's Puerto Rico Open runner-up, hit his first US PGA Tour hole-in-one on Saturday, using a 6-iron to ace the 236-yard eighth.
Ishikawa also eagled the par-5 15th and closed with back-to-back birdies on his way to a six-under par 66 that put him in a group of seven players on 204.
Argentina's Andres Romero, the 36-hole leader by a stroke over Brown, went six-over on his last seven holes on the way to a 75 that left him seven back.
With 65 of the tour's top players at the World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami this week, the Puerto Rico event offers a title chance to some of the PGA's unheralded standouts.
Gomez, who began the day three strokes behind 36-hole leader Andres Romero, opened with three birdies and added another at the par-5 fifth hole. He closed the front nine with back-to-back birdies before stumbling with a bogey at 10.
Birdies at the par-5 15th and par-4 17th kept Gomez in front but Brown managed a closing charge to join him at the top of the leaderboard.
Brown began with back-to-back birdies, took his only bogey of the day at the par-3 eighth, but began the back nine with a birdie and added others at the 13th, 15th and 17th holes