Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot a 6-under 65 to earn a share of the lead entering Sunday's final round of a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. Moore was a college standout at UNLV.
LAS VEGAS — Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Jonas Blixt of Sweden and Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe left everyone else behind Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Moore, a college standout at UNLV, had a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 65 to match Blixt (66) and de Jonge (66) at 19 under entering Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour Fall Series opener at TPC Summerlin.
“Today was just a good, solid day,” Moore said. “I didn’t do anything amazing, but at the same time I just did what I’ve been doing this whole week, just put it in play, gave myself a bunch of wedges, 9-irons into the green and was able to convert a bunch of my reasonable birdie chances.”
Moore has one victory — in the 2009 Wyndham Championship — from 187 PGA Tour starts.
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De Jonge is 0 for 145 and Blixt is 0 for 17.
The three leaders played in the same group.
“It’s nice playing next to guys that are playing well and making putts,” said Moore, 29. “Sometimes it makes that hole look even bigger when you see them just keep dropping. That’s what was happening, especially on the back nine today. Both of them got rolling and made a bunch of birdies in a row, and I kind of threw in a couple here and there and kind of stayed there with them.
“They’re both great guys to play with. I’ve played with Brendon quite a bit, but it was the first time I’ve played with Jonas. I enjoyed talking to him and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
As for former Washington Huskies, Richard H. Lee (71) was tied for 29th place at 8 under and Troy Kelly (70) was tied for 48th place at 5 under.
• Steve Pate and Fred Funk shot 3-under 69s to share the second-round lead at 8 under in the SAS Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in Cary, N.C.
• South African Branden Grace shot a 3-under 69 at Carnoustie to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship, a European Tour event in Scotland.
Grace is at 20 under entering Sunday’s round at St. Andrews.