Hahn shoots a 64, leads by one at Byron Nelson
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.