Troy Merritt earned a three-point lead following the third round of the Barracuda Championship.

Merritt surged to the top of the leaderboard thanks to his 14-point performance at the PGA Tour tournament, which uses the Modified Stableford format.

With all eyes on the star-studded WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, two-time PGA Tour champion and last year’s runner-up Merritt starred in Truckee, California on Saturday.

Merritt’s eight birdies and two bogeys saw the American move to 33 points through 54 holes, ahead of Emiliano Grillo and Maverick McNealy.

Robert Streb is on 28 points, while overnight leader Kyle Stanley (22) plummeted to a share of 10th position.