After finishing up a second-round 65 one day after opening with a 63, TT Crouch said he was "feeling confident" heading into Friday's final round of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills.

Then, he said something 95 percent of the planet's golfers could relate to, just not after shooting 6-under par.

"It was a lot more work (Thursday than Wednesday)," said Crouch, 27, who leads the field at 14-under. "I wasn't so good on the back nine, which was my front (he started on 10). I bogeyed 10 and hit a few squirrelly shots."

Considering how well he has played, shooting just 1-under on those nine holes could constitute a slight dip. However, Crouch, last year's fourth-place finisher, more than made up for it on the front with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth.

Joining Crouch in the final pairing will be Jeremy Grab, who followed up his opening-round 64 with a 65, putting him at 13-under.

His card flip-flopped Crouch's, as Grab shot a 34 on the front-9 and a 31 on the back.

Two strokes behind Grab are Ted Moon (64-67-131) and Seth Fair, who opened with a 68 before coming back Thursday to equal the low round of the tournament (shot by Crouch on Wednesday) with a bogey-free 63.

"I putted great," said Fair, 31, playing in the Ocala Open for the first time. "This is going to sound bad, but I didn't hit the ball very well. I really didn't. But I managed my misses and rolled it with the putter really well."

A couple shots back of Moon and Fair at 9-under are Colin Monagle (65-68-133) and Brian Davis (64-69-133).

Davis said he knows winning the event is a longshot, so his focus will be on improvement.

"I'm annoyed with the way I played (Thursday)," said Davis, 44, who finished tied for sixth in the 2003 British Open and tied for 13th in the 2004 PGA Championship. "Nothing really worked. Nothing was bad, but nothing was good, either.

"I will be looking to up my own performance, working on myself out there."

And everyone else will be hoping to catch Crouch, who has a number goal in mind for the final day.

"Another 65 would be nice," Crouch said. "Getting to 20-under in three days would be great."

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