NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — 4 pictures behind initially of the day, Russell Henley ran off three straight birdies to start out the again 9 Saturday and posted a 5-under 67 to construct a three-shot lead going into the ultimate spherical of the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.
Henley had loads of assist from the opposite gamers in his group.
Xander Schauffele, who had a three-shot lead going into the weekend, made a pair of late bogeys and did not capitalize on the par 5s in his spherical of 74. Tyrrell Hatton didn’t make a birdie till the ultimate gap in a 73. Of the highest 25 gamers, they have been the one two who shot over par.
Henley’s placing has been a fantastic match for the agency, glass-like greens of Shadow Creek. He leads the sector within the placing class, and it has carried him to solely the second 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour profession.
Henley was at 15-under 201.
Lanto Griffin, who received his first PGA Tour occasion a yr in the past on the Houston Open, discovered the water off the tee on the par-5 18th and made bogey however nonetheless managed a 66. He was at 12-under 204, together with Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Schauffele, nonetheless within the combine regardless of a sloppy spherical.
Hatton was within the group 5 pictures behind with Justin Thomas (68) and Jason Day, who had a 66 as the previous world No. 1 tries to finish greater than two years and not using a victory.
Henley began to shut the hole when he bought up-and-down from a bunker in entrance of the inexperienced on the par-5 seventh. Schauffele missed the inexperienced on the par-3 eighth and took bogey.
After they made the flip, Henley took off.
He holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 10, hit driver simply by the inexperienced on the reachable par-4 eleventh to arrange a easy up-and-down for an additional birdie, then hit his strategy to only inside 5 toes on No. 12 for a 3rd straight birdie.
Henley closed with six straight pars, lacking possibilities on the 2 par 5s, however nobody may catch him.
However he is aware of what can occur, having flipped his fortunes on Saturday.
“Anyone can come at me,” Henley stated. “You possibly can go low out right here. The greens are nice and it’s gettable, however you’ve bought to play properly to try this. You’ve bought to do all the things properly. I’ve bought to only hold my head down and play a great spherical for me.”
Schauffele was hopeful of a minimum of ending his spherical at par, however he went lengthy on the par-3 seventeenth into tough so deep he may barely hold his pitch on the inexperienced, resulting in his fourth bogey. And he went simply over the again of the 18th inexperienced in two, once more in tough dealing with a downhill chip that he rolled all the best way to the perimeter.
Sung Kang took an 11 on the par-4 second gap, which included two misplaced balls when he spent greater than three minutes wanting and got here up empty. He additionally hit just a few pictures backward attempting to flee bother. Nothing labored.
Schauffele wasn’t that unhealthy. It simply felt prefer it.
“I used to be attempting to determine what was worse, the tempo of play or my high quality of golf,” he stated. “It was type of a tie in the present day. To not be a bitter particular person, however simply a type of days. Right now was my unhealthy day for the week. Bought it out of the best way earlier than Sunday. I suppose I’m in a well-recognized place, being three again now.”
Schauffele has been trailing going into the ultimate spherical in all 4 of his PGA Tour victories.
Henley’s final victory was in 2017 on the Houston Open, the place he got here from 4 pictures behind within the ultimate spherical.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mike Weir shot rounds of 68 and 63 within the rain-delayed Dominion Power Charity Traditional at Richmond, Virginia, as he upstaged one other left-handed, 50-year-old former Masters champion.
Whereas Phil Mickelson bought a lot of the consideration going into the occasion as he tries to open his senior profession with consecutive victories, Weir was a little bit higher on a 36-hole day after rain washed out play Friday.
Weir reached 13 beneath and takes a three-stroke lead over Mickelson into the ultimate spherical.
Mickelson shot 68 and 66.
EUROPEAN TOUR: English golfer Matt Wallace opened up a three-stroke lead over Garrick Porteous after the third spherical of the Scottish Championship by capturing 6-under 66 in Fife, Scotland.
Wallace began the day tied for the lead with Adrian Otaegui, who shot 70 and dropped 4 strokes off the tempo.
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