AT&T Byron Nelson 2022 leaderboard: Jordan Spieth’s 64 in Round 3 puts him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Sebastian Munoz will be “another” local in Byron Nelson’s finals pairing.

It’s cool by Colombia who now call the Dallas area home and at least share the lead after all three rounds.

Munoz shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and 21 under, a shot ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still looking for a breakthrough in the event where he competed in the final round as a 16-year-old high school student in 2010. Spieth shot 64 .

Joaquin Niemann will be third in Sunday’s final group, alone in third another shot back after 65. James Hahn nearly equaled Munoz’s opening 60 rounds at TPC Craig Ranch, shooting 61 to jump 34 places to fourth with Justin Tomas (64) .

Spieth is a year younger than Munoz at 28 but has three majors among 13 career wins after starring at the University of Texas. Munoz, who plays at a nearby college in North Texas, is 2 1/2 years away from his only PGA Tour win.

“Other than winning in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve never been a favorite anywhere else,” said Munoz. “So it’s a familiar place. Jordan is, of course, the golden boy here, everyone’s favourite. I’m good friends with him, so tomorrow will be great fun.”

Spieth had never gone more than two holes without a birdie before getting a bogey in the 15th minute. He had lower rounds and came close to winning earlier in the tournament he was desperate to win after his incredible PGA Tour debut as an amateur 12 years ago.

Additionally, he and the world’s top 30 players playing this week are getting ready for next week’s PGA Championship in the Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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“So to have the chance to win this event, it’s going to be the best chance I’ve ever had on a Sunday,” Spieth said. “Doing a good job and not putting too much pressure on myself, I just want to get into the fight and clearly see what needs to be honed for next week. But there’s no better preparation for a big tournament than winning the week before.”

Speith finished ninth last season in his first year at TPC Craig Ranch, his best finish at Nelson.

Munoz made a 39-foot birdie putt on the par-4 second hole and fired a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth hole.

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

After Palmer made a precise approach to the stands, Munoz went to the left playing a shot from the bunker with the ball at his feet. He scraped the ground with his wand after leaving the chip 30 feet away and ended up with his only bogey.

Palmer, who had two shots back at the time after five consecutive birdies, had to hit deep, needing two shots to go out and three putteds for a double-bogey.

The West Texas native and Dallas resident seeking his first individual win since 2010, Palmer shot 70 and 17 under with reigning champion KH Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel (68).

Spieth briefly leveled with Munoz at 18 under with five birdies over six holes before the Colombian made his approaches at 9 and 10 within 5 feet for birdies that put him back in front to defend.

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

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

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Two-time PGA Tour winner Hahn birdied five of the last six holes on the front nine and started a 5-under stretch on four by hitting his second shot to 7 feet in the par-5 12.

“I feel like playing is easy out there for me, but everybody shoots, 9-, 10-under, someone every day,” said Hahn, who has missed 10 cuts this season. “So I was just like, ‘Why not me?'”

Master champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a triple-bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to make Sunday’s run, recorded an in-group birdie at 65 that left him 16 under.

The top-ranked and Dallas resident made four of the last five holes in front and three in a row behind, but his bogey-free spins ended in a disappointing par-5 at an reachable 18th.

“I haven’t seen the ball go in very often, which is frustrating because you have to putt here to shoot low scores,” said Scheffler. “I’m fighting my way back into the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make a fuss.”

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Davis Riley shot 64 and tied with Scheffler and Beau Hossler (67).

An older pair of touring rookies faded from the fight with 2-over 74s. England’s 40-year-old David Skinns started the day to lead with Munoz and Palmer, and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who just shot back.

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