2022 AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard: Jordan Spieth’s 64 in the 3rd round bring him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

2022 AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard: Jordan Spieth’s 64 in the 3rd round bring him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) – Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local guy in the last pair of Byron Nelson’s final lap.

It’s nice of the Colombian now calling the Dallas area home and has at least shared the lead in all three rounds.

Munoz shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and was 21 down, a stroke ahead of his hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still seeking a breakthrough in the final lap he competed in as a 16-year-old high school student in 2010. Spieth shot 64.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in the last group on Sunday, only third another shot after 65. James Hahn almost tied Munoz’s first lap 60 at TPC Craig Ranch, scoring 61 to jump 34 places to tie the game. fourth place with Justin Thomas (64).

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

“Apart from winning in Bogota, Colombia, I have never been a favorite anywhere,” Munoz said. “Well, he’s a familiar place. Jordan is, of course, the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. I’m good friends with him, so it’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.”

Spieth never went over two holes without a bird in front of a boob at 15. He had lower laps and was close to winning in the past in a tournament he wants to win badly after such a remarkable debut on the PGA Tour as an amateur before 12 years.

He and others in the top 30 in the world playing this week are preparing for next week’s PGA Championship in Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“So having the opportunity to win this event, this will be the best opportunity I may have ever had on Sunday,” said Spieth. “I did a good job, without putting too much pressure on myself, I just wanted to get into an argument and obviously see what needs to be sharpened for next week. But there is no better preparation for a championship than winning last week.”

Spite was ninth last season in his first year at TPC Craig Ranch, Nelson’s best finish.

Munoz made a fake 39 foot bird in the second par-4 hole and plunged a long shot into the short par-4 sixth.

Playing with another Texan in Ryan Palmer, Munoz ran into trouble with Palmer in par-4 16th.

After Palmer sprayed his approach straight into the stands, Munoz went to the left playing a shot from a bunker with the ball weak over his legs. He crossed the ground with his cane after leaving a mark 30 feet away and ended up with his only boob.

Palmer, two shots at the time after a series of five consecutive birds, had to fall into some deep rough, needed two shots to get out and fired three shots for the double boob.

A West Texas native and Dallas native who sought his first solo victory since 2010, Palmer shot 70 and was 17 down with defending champion KH Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel ( 68).

Spieth even pulled for a while even with Munoz at 18 down with five birds in six holes before the Colombian hit his approaches at 9 and 10 in 5 feet for the birds that put him back in front to stay.

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

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

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A two-time winner of the PGA Tour, Hahn hit five of the last six holes in the front of the nine and started a five-down stretch in four holes hitting his second shot at 7 feet in par-5 12th.

“I feel like he played easily out there for me, but everyone shoots, 9-, 10-under, someone is every day,” said Hahn, who has lost 10 cuts this season. “So I just felt ‘Why not me?'”

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a three-pointer early in the second round for an outside shot to do a Sunday run, recorded birds in flocks at 65 which dropped him to 16th.

The top Dallas resident made four of the last five holes in the front and three in a row in the back, but his bogus-free lap ended with a disappointing par in the affordable par-5 18th.

“I have not really seen the ball go in a lot, which is frustrating because you have to make throws here to shoot low scores,” Scheffler said. “I fought my way back to the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”

Davis Riley shot 64 and was tied with Scheffler and Bo Hosler (67).

A pair of older tour novices faded from the controversy with 2-over 74s. David Skinns, a 40-year-old from England, started the day with a draw for the lead with Munoz and Palmer, and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who was just one shot behind.

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