After breaking even on the par-4 first hole, Goydos made a series of putts, which he said had been his shortcoming in the earlier rounds, to drop his score.
On the third hole, for example, he sank a 12-foot putt. Then, 15-footers on Nos. 4 and 5. He finished the five-birdie stretch with a 10-foot tap on the sixth, matching his round-high five birdies from the opening day.
"It gives you some energy to kind of finish out the round," Goydos said. "That's kind of what I did."
He made three more birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th holes.
After never dropping his score lower than 3-under during the event, Goydos had reached 9-under. He was especially proud of his performance on the par-4 14th hole, what he considered one of the most difficult on the course.