Todd Faircloth isn't there to separate them in the standings this time, but Oklahomans Jason Christie and Edwin Evers find themselves in very similar positions to where they were two years ago.

Christie caught a 16-06 stringer from South Carolina's Lake Hartwell on Saturday to establish a substantial lead heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Classic for the second time in three years. His 37-04 total for 2 days is just 5 ounces shy of his aggregate at Grand Lake in his home state in the 2016 edition.

Christie managed just four fish for 12-09 on day 3 at Grand while Evers, his traveling partner on the Bassmaster Elite Series, weighed a monstrous 29-03 sack to rise up from 3rd place and capture the title in the sport's premier event. Naturally, the leader (who won an FLW Tour event at Hartwell in 2011) will seek a different outcome on this occasion.

          

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