2022 AT&T Byron Nelson Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth’s 64 in Round 3 puts him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

2022 AT&T Byron Nelson Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth’s 64 in Round 3 puts him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local in the final pairing of the Byron Nelson’s final round.

It’s cool of the Colombian, who now calls the Dallas area home and still shares the lead after all three rounds.

Munoz shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and was 21-under, one shot ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still looking for a breakthrough in the event where he made the finals as a 16-year-old high schooler competed in 2010. Spieth shot a 64.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in Sunday’s final group, alone in third place, who shot back again after a 65. James Hahn nearly matched Munoz’s 60 in the opening round at TPC Craig Ranch, shooting 61 to jump 34 places and share fourth place with Justin Thoma (64).

Spieth is a year younger than Munoz at 28 but has three majors under 13 career wins after starring at the University of Texas. Munoz, who played in college near North Texas, is 2 1/2 years away from his only PGA Tour win.

“Apart from my win in Bogota, Colombia, I was never the favorite at any other place,” said Munoz. “So it’s a familiar place. Jordan is the golden boy here, of course, so everyone’s favourite. I’m good friends with him so it’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.”

Spieth never went more than two holes without a birdie before getting a bogey at 15. He was running lower rounds and was close to victory in a tournament he was dying to win after such a remarkable PGA Tour debut as an amateur 12 years ago.

Also, he and others among the top 30 in the world playing this week are gearing up for next week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“So having the chance to win this event will be the best chance I might have ever had on Sunday,” said Spieth. “I did a good job and didn’t put too much pressure on myself. I just wanted to get into the race and of course see what needs to be sharpened for next week. But there’s no better preparation for a Major than winning the week before .”

Speith finished ninth last season as a freshman at TPC Craig Ranch, his best finish in Nelson.

Munoz made a 39-foot birdie putt on the second par 4 and potted a long bunker shot on the short par 4 sixth.

Playing with another Texan in Ryan Palmer, Munoz got into trouble along with Palmer on the par-4 16th.

After Palmer sprayed his approach straight onto the stands, Munoz swerved to the left and played a shot from a bunker with the ball in the rough over his feet. He swiped his racquet across the floor after leaving a chip 30 feet away and finished with his lone bogey.

Palmer, then two shots down after five consecutive birdies, had to fall into a deep rough, took two shots to get out, and made a three-putt for a double bogey.

A native of West Texas and resident of the Dallas area, Palmer, who was seeking his first singles win since 2010, shot 70 and was 17 under defending champion KH Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwarzel (68).

Spieth drew briefly with Munoz at 18-under with five birdies in six holes before the Colombian hit his approaches on 9 and 10 within 5ft for birdies that put him back in the lead to stay.

Hahn missed the cut the last two times he played Nelson after finishing third in 2017, last year at the TPC Four Seasons in another Dallas suburb, Irving.

The move to McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown, came after the Nelson played twice at the Trinity Forest in south Dallas and then was canceled before another move during the pandemic.

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A two-time PGA Tour champion, Hahn screwed five of the last six holes on the front nine and started a four-hole 5-under stretch, hitting his second shot at 7 feet on a par-5 12.

“I feel like it’s been easy for me out there, but everyone’s shooting, 9-, 10-under, someone’s every day,” said Hahn, who has missed 10 cuts this season. “So I just thought, ‘Why not me?'”

Masters champ Scottie Scheffler, overcoming a triple bogey for an outside shot early in round two to make a Sunday run, recorded birdies in bunches in a 65 that left him at 16 under.

The top-ranked Dallas resident has birded four of the last five holes on the front and three in a row on the back, but his bogey-free round ended with a disappointing par on the achievable par-5 18.

“I didn’t really see the ball go in very often, which is frustrating because you have to make putts here to get low scores,” Scheffler said. “I kind of fought my way back into the tournament, but I’ll need a hot putter tomorrow if I’m going to make some noise.”

Davis Riley shot 64, level on points with Scheffler and Beau Hossler (67).

Two senior Tour rookies were eliminated from the competition with 2-over-74s. David Skinns, a 40-year-old Englishman, started the day level on points with Munoz and Palmer and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, just a shot behind.

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