McKINNEY, Texas — Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local man in the final couple of the final lap of the Byron Nelson.
It’s cool of the Colombian now calling the Dallas area home and at least sharing the lead after all three rounds.
Munoz shot a 6-under 66 at TPC Craig Ranch on Saturday and was 21 under, a blow to his hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who shot a 64.
Spieth, who has won three majors as part of his 13 wins, is still looking for his first win in the Nelson, where he competed in the final round in 2010 as a 16-year-old high school student and has never finished higher than ninth. .
“So if I have a chance to win this event, it’s the best chance I’ve ever had going into Sunday,” Spieth said. “I did a good job of not putting too much pressure on myself. I just wanted to get into the fight and of course see what needs to be tightened up for next week.
“But there’s no better preparation for a major than winning the week before.”
The PGA Championship is next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in Sunday’s last group. He’s only in third place, one more shot back after a 65.
James Hahn shot a 61 to jump 34 places and is tied for fourth with Justin Thomas (64).
Munoz, who played near North Texas in college, is 2½ years away from his lone PGA Tour win.
“Except winning in Bogota, Colombia, I have never been the favorite of any other place,” said Munoz. “So it’s a familiar place. Jordan is of course the golden boy here, so everyone’s favourite. I’m good friends with him, so tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”
Munoz made a 39-foot birdie putt on the par-4 second hole and hit a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth.
Ryan Palmer, a West Texas native and resident of the Dallas area looking for his first individual win since 2010, shot a 70 and was 17 under with defending champion KH Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel ( 68).
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a triple bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to make a Sunday run, birdies in bunches in a 65 – including four of the last five holes – putting him at 16 under. Remained.
“I haven’t really seen the ball go in much, which is frustrating because you have to make putts here to shoot low scores,” said Scheffler, another Dallas resident. “I fought my way back into the tournament a bit, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”