Brendan Steele birdied three of the final four holes on the entrance and abet nines to shoot a nine-beneath par 61 and grab a two-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Sony Originate.
The 37-one year-dilapidated American, final one year’s Sony Originate runner-up, accomplished 54 holes at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu on 18-beneath 192 after a bogey-free round.
“I with out a doubt feel love I’m swinging with out a doubt neatly,” Steele acknowledged. “Direction administration is sizable. I with out a doubt feel love I’m doing neatly all round.”
World number 114 Steele acknowledged he desires to play unbiased as he did in final one year’s final round even supposing he lost to Australian Cameron Smith.
“I’d want to waste the true identical ingredient again the next day to come and confidently it’s prison sufficient,” he acknowledged.
South Korean-born American Kevin Na matched the low round of his career with a 61 to portion second on 194 with Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, who eagled the par-5 18th to leap over American citizens Peter Malnati, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Stewart Cink and Charley Hoffman on 195.
Steele seeks his fourth career PGA title after the 2011 Texas Originate and the 2016 and 2017 Safeway Opens.
Steele opened with a 19-foot birdie, birdied six and reeled off three in a row ending with an 11-footer on the par-4 10th. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt at 12, his longest birdie putt of the day from 17 toes on the par-3 17th and an eight-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th.
“I regularly play neatly coming off a atomize and I had a prison day off with my household,” Steele acknowledged. “I catch here and I’m very excited to play and about my game.”
World number 38 Na chases a fifth PGA title after successful in 2011 and 2019 at Las Vegas, 2018 at Greenbrier and 2019 at Colonial.
Na holed a birdie putt from unbiased inside of 44 toes on the par-3 fourth, eagled the par-5 ninth on an eight-foot putt, reeled off four birdies in a row initiating on the par-3 11th and closed with a six-foot birdie putt.
“I played fabulous,” Na acknowledged. “My ball hanging modified into once sizable.
“If I will possess some momentum putts the next day to come, I believe I’ll be all lawful.”
Na grumbled just a few seven-foot birdie inch over on the par-3 17th as he chased an elusive 59.
“The truth I had an exterior worth at a magic number, 59, modified into once bright,” he acknowledged. “After I skipped over that putt on 17, I modified into once so disappointed… because you should perchance perchance for inch eagle the final hole.”
Na expects a final-round shootout.
“The golf course is so gettable that any individual can inch shoot 8- or 9-beneath,” Na acknowledged. “I’m in a prison place but it with out a doubt’s what you shoot Sunday. I’m soundless going to desire a low one the next day to come. I’d need per chance six more (birdies) the next day to come.”
Niemann’s bogey-free round incorporated 5 birdies, the final at 17 after losing his blueprint three toes from the cup, and a closing 10-foot eagle putt.
“It modified into once mountainous,” Niemann acknowledged of his attain. “I wasn’t with out a doubt overjoyed on my first 16 holes. I presumed I modified into once playing sizable. I presumed I could perchance perchance place myself in a better place.
“After which finishing that method and making eagle on 18 made me with out a doubt overjoyed and gave me moderately of motivation for the next day to come.”
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