Spieth stays second as Koepka grabs Byron Nelson lead
WASHINGTON – Second-rated Jordan Spieth, attempting to rebound from two disappointing efforts, continued to be second after Saturday’s third round from the PGA Byron Nelson Championship, two strokes back of leader Brooks Koepka.
Jordan Spieth plays his shot in the fifth tee during Round Three in the AT&T Byron Nelson on May 21, 2016 in Irving, Texas
Reigning US Open Spieth fired a 3-under-componen 67 in the hometown tournament, going for a bogey at 18 while US compatriot Koepka saved a closing componen to shoot 65 and seize the 54-hole add 16-under 194.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Americans Matt Kuchar and Bud Cauley shared third on 197.
Spieth is attempting to drag off a comeback victory after missing the decline in last week’s Players Championship and suffering a final-day meltdown in the Masters, in which a back-nine fade cost him another consecutive eco-friendly jacket.
Spieth sank a 20-feet birdie putt in the componen-3 17th to achieve 15-under because the hometown crowd roared with delight.
But at 18, Spieth was at the trees right from the fairway from the tee and blasted out via a gap to simply lacking the eco-friendly while Koepka went within the eco-friendly on his approach.
Spieth pitched to nine ft while Koepka’s pitch arrived 10 ft shy from the cup. But Koepka sank his componen putt to retain the lead and Spieth missed, falling two shots adrift.
Koepka won his only US PGA title this past year at Phoenix, but also, he required the Turkish Airlines Open on his method to being named 2014 European Tour Rookie of the season.
The 26-year-old American had top-10 efforts finally year’s British Open and PGA Championship and the best major showing having a share of 4th in the 2014 US Open.
Spieth, who defends his US Open crown the following month at Oakmont, sank four-feet birdie putts in the 4th and componen-5 seventh, closed the leading nine having a birdie striking a 3-feet birdie putt at 11 to achieve 15-under.
At 14, Spieth salvaged a bogey after hitting his tee shot in to the water, reaching the eco-friendly in four and creating a 22-feet putt to surrender just one stroke.
Koepka opened up his ride round having a bogey, birdied the 3rd and componen-3 fifth but needed two shots to flee rough and required a bogey at six.
After responding having a seven-feet birdie putt in the seventh along with a 10-footer for birdie in the eighth, Koepka dropped his approach inches in the cup at 11 to setup a faucet-in birdie and required charge having a 20-feet birdie putt in the 14th.
Koepka pitched to 2 ft and drawn on set for birdie in the componen-5 16th to achieve 16-under.
Garcia, the 2004 Byron Nelson champion, likes his chances at just three back.
“Jordan, Matt, Bud, Koepka, they all are playing well. It takes a great round to make it happen,Inch Garcia stated. “I have to drive the ball just a little better, like Used to do the very first 2 days. Basically do this, I’ve got a chance.”