Washington: World number two Jordan Spieth fired a five-under-par 65 to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Dean and Deluca Invitational.
Spieth, who defends his US Open title next month at Oakmont, found only four fairways but suffered his only bogey in 29 holes at the 18th to put the 22-year-old American on 12-under 198 entering the final round at Colonial.
Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson shared second on 199, Simpson after a bogey of his own at 18. Harris English, Kyle Reifers and Martin Piller were on 200 with Jason Dufner on 201, Chris Stroud on 202 and Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and India’s Anirban Lahiri – the only non-US player in the top 10 – on 203.
Spieth arrived in Fort Worth after a last-day fade kept him out of the title hunt at the Byron Nelson Championship in nearby Dallas, his hometown.
Add that to his last-nine meltdown to lose the Masters and a missed cut at the Players Championship and it’s easy to see how the Texan would love to capture his first PGA win in his home state to build confidence and momentum ahead of the US Open.