Sam Burns will take a one-shot lead into the ultimate round of the Byron Nelson event in Texas after capturing a three-under-par 69 on Saturday to stay heading in the right direction for back-to-back PGA Tour victories.
The 24-year-old from Louisiana – who clinched his first PGA Tour win on the Valspar Championship a fortnight in the past — edged away from the sphere with a birdie on the ultimate gap of a roller-coaster third round after rolling a protracted eagle putt to the sting of the cup.
Burns had dominated the TPC Craig Ranch structure in suburban Dallas with a 10-under-par 62 on Friday, however was pressured to battle to remain on prime of the leaderboard with a round that included 5 birdies and two bogeys.
The American was in hassle from the opening gap, lacking an 11-foot par putt earlier than responding with a birdie on the third after curling in a 28-foot putt from the perimeter.
A deft chip to 6 inches gave Burns one other birdie on the fifth earlier than a bogey on the subsequent gap stalled his progress.
That was the final blemish of the day nonetheless, and three extra birdies and 9 pars ensured he’ll defend the lead when the ultimate round tees off early on Sunday so as to keep away from forecasted storms.
Burns’ birdie on the 18th left him simply forward of South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-hoon, who had briefly grabbed a share of the lead after his chic bunker shot from 80 ft left him with a tap-in for a closing birdie.
It capped one other flawless round from Lee, whose bogey-free 67 included 5 birdies and 13 pars. Lee has birdied the 18th on all three of his rounds this week, and to date has solely one bogey by means of 54 holes for a 19-under mixture 199.
Burns and Lee might be nervously glancing over their shoulders on Sunday nonetheless with a cluster of 4 gamers lurking simply off the tempo at 17 below, three adrift of the lead and two behind second place.
That group contains South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar, Sweden’s Alex Noren, and three-time winner Jordan Spieth.
Spieth drew one of the most important roars of the day with a 31-foot eagle putt from simply off the inexperienced on the 18th to breathe new life into his problem after a late stumble.
Spieth appeared to be on the cost after reaching the flip at three below for the day, earlier than rattling off three extra birdies on the tenth, twelfth and 14th holes to maneuver to 6 below.
But back-to-back bogeys on the fifteenth and sixteenth noticed him tumble down the leaderboard till the late eagle sealed a six-under-par 66 and revived his hopes of a second victory of 2021 following his Texas Open win final month.
“This tournament’ s done a lot for me in the past and I’m glad I’m in contention,” Spieth stated, admitting that his last-hole eagle could not have come at a greater time.
“I was kind of leaking oil coming in over the last few holes and I made up for it there.”