Byeong Hun An shot a 4-under-par 66 on Saturday for a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C.
The Cal alum was at 17-under 193 entering the final round of the PGA Tour’s final event before the playoffs.
Former Wyndham winner Webb Simpson and Brice Garnett were tied for second, with Simpson shooting a 65 and Garnett a 66.
An has held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, and has yet to play a hole worse than par. The 27-year-old South Korean with three international victories has put himself in position to claim his first win on tour.
“One shot is basically nothing,” An said. “It’s not that big of a lead. It’s just one shot.”
Overall, it was yet another low-scoring day at Sedgefield Country Club. For a while midway through An’s round, six players were tied for the lead at 13 under.
An started to get some separation from the crowd with three birdies in the four-hole span from Nos. 5-8, moving to 16-under.
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Then came his best shot of the day, a 50-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. He then closed with four consecutive pars.
It wasn’t a low-scoring day for everyone, though: Jordan Spieth had three double-bogeys and a bogey during a birdie-free 77 that left him at 2-under. It came two days after he flirted with a career-best round, putting just 23 times during his first-round 64.
Women’s British Open: Hinako Shibuno’s dream debut continued as she fired a 5-under 67 to seize a two-shot lead going into the final round at Milton Keynes, England.
Shibuno, 20, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who is making her LPGA Tour and major championship debut, had six birdies in the final nine holes of the third round to improve to 14-under 202.
Ashleigh Buhai (72) started with a three-shot lead at Woburn Golf Club and stretched it to five but stumbled with three bogeys in five holes. The 30-year-old South African, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, dropped to second at 12-under.
Second-ranked Sung Hyun Park was a shot further back in third after her 68.
Americans Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas, and top-ranked Jin Young Ko, were tied for fourth on 10-under. Ko is seeking her third major title of the year after winning last week’s Evian Championship in France.
Korn Ferry Tour: At the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Matthew NeSmith carded a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over three players, including Stanford alum Maverick McNealy, after three rounds.
Dozens of golfers who had to finish their second round Saturday before moving to the third because of fog delays both Thursday and Friday.
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