Hahn shoots a 64, leads by one at By­ron Nel­son

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James Hahn shot a bo­gey-free, 6-un­der-par 64 on Satur­day in Irv­ing, Tex., to take the lead af­ter three rounds at the By­ron Nel­son, where Jason Kokrak’s record ad­van­tage dis­ap­peared.

Hahn set­tled for a 12-un­der 198 to­tal af­ter his ea­gle chance at the 16th and a birdie putt at 17 both stopped just inches short. The two-time PGA Tour win­ner was a stroke ahead of Billy Horschel, who birdied his last three holes for a 66 to take sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place.

Jason Day had his own string of birdies — five in a row mid­way through his round and then a 60-footer at the 17th — dur­ing a 63 that was the best round of the day and that got him to 10 un­der. The fourth-ranked player in the world was tied for third with Kokrak, who shot a 72 af­ter set­ting a Nel­son 36-hole record with a five-stroke lead.

Cameron Tringale and Ser­gio Gar­cia also fin­ished with birdies on Nos. 16-18. Tringale was fifth at 9 un­der af­ter a 67, with de­fend­ing Nel­son cham­pion and Mas­ters win­ner Gar­cia tied for sixth at 8 un­der af­ter a 64 that also in­cluded three straight birdies at Nos. 11-13.

Top-ranked Dustin John­son shot a 71 with five bo­geys and four birdies to reach 5 un­der, seven strokes off the lead and tied for 19th. He had started the day in a six-way tie for third and six strokes be­hind Kokrak.

Hahn shared the first-round lead af­ter an open­ing 64 but slipped back with a 70 on Fri­day be­fore an­other im­pres­sive round at TPC Four Sea­sons that in­cluded a 65-foot chip-in birdie at the par-4 No. 3 hole. This is Hahn’s fourth Nel­son, and he has shot 64 or 65 in half of his 14 rounds there.

The last birdie for Day in his long streak came af­ter he drove the green at the 311-yard par-4 11th and two-putted from 37 feet.

Day’s only bo­gey came when he blasted out of green-side bunker at the 14th, then pushed his four­foot par chance just left of the hole and 21/2 feet past. When his 60-footer at the par-3 17th caught the left edge of the cup and dropped in, Day lifted both arms into the air, pump­ing his right fist while still grasp­ing the put­ter in the other hand.

About the same time that Day’s 16-foot birdie try at No. 18 curled just un­der the hole, caus­ing him to wince, Hahn went to 11 un­der for the lead with his 13-foot birdie at the 15th hole.

Hahn then added an­other birdie at the 527-yard par-5 16th af­ter he came up just short of an ea­gle on the eas­i­est-play­ing hole at TPC Four Sea­sons.

LPGA TOUR: Lexi Thomp­son stayed in po­si­tion for her first win since a rules in­frac­tion cost her a ma­jor ti­tle, shoot­ing a 2un­der 69 to take a three-stroke lead over In Gee Chun into the fi­nal round of the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship in Wil­liams­burg, Va.

Thomp­son is play­ing her third event since los­ing the In­spi­ra­tion in a play­off af­ter be­ing pe­nal­ized four strokes for a rules vi­o­la­tion that a TV viewer re­ported.

The long-hit­ting Flor­ida player had three birdies and a bo­gey — on the par-3 17th — to reach 14-un­der 199 on Kingsmill’s River Course.

Chun had a 67, mak­ing six birdies and two bo­geys.

Top-ranked Ly­dia Ko was five strokes back at 9 un­der af­ter a 70. Try­ing to hold off So Yeon Ryu and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn for the No. 1 spot, Ko is win­less since July.

CHAM­PI­ONS TOUR: Fred Funk shot a 2-un­der 70 to hold on to the third-round lead at the Tra­di­tion in Birm­ing­ham, Ala.

The 60-year-old Funk’s 14-un­der 202 main­tained a one-stroke edge over Scott Parel in the first of the Cham­pi­ons Tour’s five ma­jors. De­fend­ing cham­pion Bern­hard Langer and Scott McCarron are two shots back. Langer shot a 66, McCarron a 69.

Seek­ing his first PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons in­di­vid­ual ti­tle since 2012, Funk was even over the fi­nal nine holes.

Parel opened with three straight birdies but dropped four strokes from holes 5-7, start­ing with a dou­ble bo­gey.

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