Broussard, LA (Sports Network) - Edward Loar carded a 7-under 64 on Saturday to vault into first place at the Louisiana Open.

Loar finished three rounds at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club at 15-under-par 198, which is on stroke ahead of Troy Merritt following his 5-under 66 in the third round.

Morgan Hoffman fired a sizzling 9-under 62 to jump up 29 spots in the standings and sit alone in third place at minus-13.

Jim Renner (64), Richard S. Johnson (64), Shane Bertsch (64) and Blayne Barber (65) shared fourth place at 12-under, while second-round leader Darron Stiles (71) is among six players a shot behind them in eighth.