Goy­dos leads by three at Sch­wab Cup

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Paul Goy­dos shot a 3-un­der 67 on Satur­day to take a twostroke lead into the fi­nal round of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-end­ing Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship.

A day after open­ing with a 62 for a three-stroke lead, Goy­dos birdied the par-5 18th to reach 11-un­der 129 on Desert Moun­tain Club’s Cochise Course.

“I was happy. It was a nice day,” Goy­dos said. “The wind had calmed down a lit­tle bit. It seems to be windy in the morn­ing here and bet­ter in the af­ter­noon. Play­ing good’s an ad­van­tage to some ex­tent.

Colin Mont­gomerie, third in Charles Sch­wab Cup sea­son stand­ings, re­mained sec­ond. He fol­lowed his open­ing 65 with a 66. The Scot matched play­ing part­ner Goy­dos with a clos­ing birdie.

Points leader Bern­hard Langer was third at 7 un­der after a 66.

The top five in the stand­ings — Rich­mond win­ner Scott McCar­ron is sec­ond, fol­lowed by Mont­gomerie, Joe Du­rant and Miguel An­gel Jimenez — can take the sea­son ti­tle with a vic­tory Sun­day. Du­rant was tied for 15th at 1 un­der after a 69, McCar­ron was tied for 17th at even par after a 71, and Jimenez was 22nd at 1 over after a 67.

The sea­son stand­ings were re­set after the event last week in Vir­ginia, with Langer’s lead over McCar­ron re­duced from 935,657 to 200. The tour­na­ment win­ner will re­ceive $440,000 and 2,000 points.

“I just know that there’s a bunch of pos­si­bil­i­ties like we imag­ined and here we are,” Langer said. “I guess right now if it stands like this, Monty and I would be tied and we’re go­ing to a play­off. But will it stand that way to­mor­row, no­body knows. I don’t know. It’s cer­tainly ex­cit­ing, it’s volatile. You know, it comes down the stretch.”

The 59-year-old Ger­man has a tour-high four vic­to­ries and has wrapped up the sea­son money ti­tle with $2,836,459. He won sea­son ti­tles in 2010, 2014 and 2015. He’s re­cov­er­ing from a left knee in­jury that forced him to with­draw from the play­off opener at Sher­wood.

“It’s been the same for the last two weeks, just be­ing very care­ful walk­ing,” Langer said. “I can’t read my putts prop­erly be­cause I can’t bend down the way I used to. But my goal is to fin­ish the tour­na­ment, not to read my putts prop­erly. Ob­vi­ously, I would love to read them right, but if that would kick me out of the tour­na­ment, that’s no good, so I’ve just got to do what I’ve got to do.”

Goy­dos is 24th in the stand­ings. The two-time PGA Tour win­ner won the Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open in July for his third se­nior ti­tle. He shot a 59 in the PGA Tour’s 2010 John Deere Clas­sic.

“I’ve got­ten off to good starts and, hope­fully, I can con­tinue that to­mor­row,” Goy­dos said. “A lit­tle sloppy on the back nine, quite frankly. But I’m Paul Goy­dos, I’m not Bern­hard Langer, as I’ve proven time after time after time after time. But I hung in there pretty good. Made a cou­ple birdies on the 5 pars, which is nice, and look­ing for­ward to play­ing to­mor­row.”

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