Simpson is up by two after scorching day at Colonial
Webb Simpson shot a 3-underpar 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial in Fort Worth.
At 9-under 201, Simpson was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were three strokes off the lead.
Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a six-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars.
It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn and was at 4 under.
Spieth’s regular caddie, Michael Greller, left the course after 11 holes because of heat exhaustion on a steamy day with temperatures in the 90s and the heat index higher than that.
Damon Goddard, the personal trainer for the player and the caddie, carried the bag the rest of the round — a stretch when Spieth had a bogey and two birdies.
Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, who shot a 72 to fall five strokes back.
LPGA TOUR: Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Feng is 15 under for the tournament after a bogey-free round. Lizette Salas (67) is in second place, one shot ahead of Suzann Pettersen (69).
Second-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72) is tied for fourth with Jeong Eun Lee (68) at 12 under.
Feng, of China, has six career victories, the most recent at last year’s TOTO Japan Classic. She has finished in the top 10 three times this season, including the past two events.
Feng birdied the last two holes Saturday at Travis Pointe Country Club. She took over sole possession of the lead when Salas bogeyed No. 18 moments later.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Andrew Dodt of Australia will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 68 in the third round.
South Africa’s Branden Grace is a shot behind Dodt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, after a 70 at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.
Lee Westwood (72) and Francesco Molinari (74) are another two shots back.