VIENNA, W.Va. - David Bradshaw shot his second straight 3-under-par 69 Thursday to open up a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the West Virginia Open at Parkersburg Country Club.
The six-time Open champion was tied at the top after Wednesday's first round with Ian Patrick. But while the birdies kept coming for Bradshaw in the second round, Patrick faltered. The Huntington amateur shot 5-over 77 to drop eight strokes back.
The day's best round belonged to Bridgeport amateur Woody Woodward. A 5-under 67 put him alone in second place at 3 under. Woodward's only other Open appearance came in 2011, when he finished 24th.
Hurricane amateur Sam O'Dell started on the back nine and made three birdies before a rollercoaster of two bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies. He was alone in third at 2 under after finishing with a 71.
Two-time Open champion John Ross, Vienna amateur Scott Bibbee and Morgantown pro Bob Friend were five shots behind Bradshaw at 1 under, and Charleston's Christian Brand was six back.
Five of Bradshaw's eight birdies this week have come on par 5s. He birdied the 539-yard 10th hole to start his round Thursday and added another on the 515-yard 18th.
West Virginia Open
at Parkersburg Country Club Course
David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry 69-69-138
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 74-67-141
Sam O'Dell, Hurricane 71-71-142
Scott Bibbee, Vienna 72-71-143
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh 70-73-143
John Ross, Bramwell 71-72-143
Christian Brand, Charleston 73-71-144
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 72-73-145
Philip Reale II, Charleston 72-73-145
Alan H Cooke, Vienna 73-72-145
Brian Anania, Hurricane 75-70-145
Bosten Miller, Charleston 75-70-145
Chris McGinnis, Waynesburg 70-75-145
Ken Lacy, Man 73-72-145
Ian Patrick, Huntington 69-77-146
Scott Davis, Hurricane 70-76-146
Trent Roush, Mason 72-74-146
Duke Erwin, Charleston 76-71-147
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 75-73-148
Cole Hand, Wheeling 72-76-148
Josh Webb, Washington 77-71-148
Jason Martin, Wheeling 74-74-148
Hunter O'Neal, Bluefield 74-74-148
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 74-75-149
Brad Westfall, Grafton 74-75-149
Jay Woodward, Fairmont 77-72-149
George Hamrick, Red House 76-73-149
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 75-74-149
Chris Barlament, Vienna 74-75-149
Justin Caroli, Stonewood 78-71-149
Rick Ellison, Huntington 75-74-149
Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 74-76-150
Jason Robinson, Charles Town 76-74-150
Mitch Roush, Mason 77-73-150
John Kingora, Morgantown 76-74-150
Robert Jones, St Albans 75-76-151
Pete Kurelac III, Moundsville 76-75-151
Steve Ross, Huntington 79-72-151
Matthew Moore, Elizabeth 76-75-151
Joey Seabright, Wheeling 73-78-151
Ryan Dean, Morgantown 76-75-151
Tyler Boulware, Morgantown 77-74-151
Cory Hoshor, Buffalo 78-73-151
Jeff Bryant, St Albans 78-74-152
Mike Keiffer, Scott Depot 79-73-152
Carl Roncaglione, Charleston 75-77-152
Grant Humphrey, Poca 77-75-152
Brandon Tinney, Hurricane78-74-152
Brian McPherson, Belpre 77-75-152
Tyler D Franklin, Charleston 79-73-152
Evan Muscari, Pineville 78-74-152
Winston Canada, Beckley 79-73-152
Steve Fox, Huntington 77-75-152
Steve Hussey, Washington 76-76-152
Phillip Butcher, Chesapeake 80-72-152
Chris Williams, Scott Depot 78-75-153
Ty Roush, Mason 79-74-153
Steve Thacker, Huntington 77-76-153
Will Evans, Charleston 76-77-153
Mike Rogers, Buckhannon 78-75-153
Joshua Wolfe, Elkview 78-75-153
Alasdair Forsythe, Elkins 77-76-153
His second bogey of the week came on the par-3 second hole, and he finished with two more birdies on the par-5 sixth and short par-4 seventh holes.
Ten golfers broke par Thursday, compared with seven on Wednesday, and it's likely going to require just that to overtake Bradshaw, who has a streak of seven straight under-par rounds at the Open.
The mini-tour regular and Harpers Ferry native is looking for his seventh championship in 10 years. Only Sam Snead with 17 has more Open titles.
A year ago Bradshaw finished second, six strokes behind Jonathan Clark, who isn't at the tournament this year. Clark and 2008 Open champion Barry Evans are competing in the PGA Professional National Championship next week in Sunriver, Ore.
Like Bradshaw, Woodward started his round on the back nine and he birdied the 10th and 18th holes. His only bogey came on the 608-yard 13th hole. Woodward got hot on his final nine holes, making four birdies in a five-hole stretch.