Na Holds Texas Advantage

Na Holds Texas Advantage

Kevin Na will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge after carding a score of 69 on Saturday.

The American is chasing his third victory on the PGA Tour and although he was unable to replicate his score of 62 from Friday’s second round, he was still able to produce a solid effort that saw him move on to nine-under for the tournament.

The 35-year-old even recovered from a double bogey at the par-five 11th to move into the lead and he feels another solid display on Sunday will be enough to secure his first victory on the PGA Tour since last year’s Greenbrier Classic.

“I played solid the whole front nine and after a double-bogey I grouped it together,” he said. “If I shoot a few under par I should stay ahead of the other guys and I should be all right.” It is a congested leaderboard behind Na in Texas, with five players sitting two shots off the pace, including 2016 champion Jordan Spieth, who may be slightly disappointed with his round of 68 after he birdied his opening two holes of day.

 

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Mackenzie Hughes, C.T. Pan, Jim Furyk and Tony Finau are the other players on seven-under, while Charley Hoffman and Austin Cook are also in contention a shot further back.

It was not such a good day for overnight leader Jonas Blixt, who is now four shots off the lead, after he failed to pick up a single birdie on his way to a four-over-par score of 74.

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