Harry Higgs birdied two of his last three holes Saturday to grab a two-shot lead entering the final round of the PGA Tour's Bermuda championship.

Recovering quickly after his first bogey of the week at the par-4 14th hole, Higgs birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to post a 6-under-par 65 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.

At 17 under, Higgs is two strokes better than second-round co-leader Brendon Todd and three up on Bo Hoag and Brian Gay.

Higgs, 27, is a New Jersey native and SMU graduate who is making just his sixth career PGA Tour start. He birdied three of the four par-3 holes in Saturday's third round and was one of only four players to make a birdie at the 216-yard signature 16th hole. He made seven birdies in the round.

Todd carded one bogey and five birdies, including a pitch-in birdie at the par-4 12th, in his round of 67.

Hoag birdied five of his first seven holes en route to the day's low round with a bogey-free 64.

Gay posted his second straight 65 with six birdies and no bogeys.

Scottie Scheffler, who opened with a 9-under 62, shot 69 for the second straight day and is four off the pace at 13 under in solo fifth place.

The inaugural Bermuda event features an alternate field as it is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.