(Reuters) – American Russell Henley carded a flawless, five-under-par 67 to grab a three-stroke lead on Saturday on the CJ Cup, the place an elite discipline stands between him and his first PGA Tour title in three-and-a-half years.
Henley, who sank a 22-foot putt on 10 for one in every of his 5 birdies of the day, informed reporters he had struggled along with his confidence in recent times however appeared calm and utterly in management at Shadow Creek Golf Course after pouring work into retooling his brief sport.
“I putted rather well. Left myself in some good spots to make some birdies and had some very nice par saves and scrambled properly. Did loads of good issues,” stated Henley, who has had simply two bogeys by way of three rounds.
The 31-year-old, who completed tied at 27 in final week’s Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open, had three consecutive birdies on the again 9 and stated he hoped to maintain the momentum up within the ultimate spherical.
“You’ll be able to go low out right here, the greens are nice and it’s gettable, however you’ve obtained to play properly to do this. You’ve obtained to do every part properly,” he added. “I’ve obtained to only hold my head down and play an excellent spherical for me.”
The event, sometimes a part of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing, was moved to the Las Vegas venue as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and contains a crowded discipline of high expertise warming up for the Masters subsequent month, together with world quantity three Justin Thomas (68) and the reigning PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (71), who had been 5 and 6 strokes again from the lead, respectively.
4-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele, who led the pack headed into the weekend, slipped down the leaderboard after carding a disappointing two-over-par 74 to share second place with fellow People Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Lanto Griffin (66).
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Modifying by William Mallard