An shoots 66 for 1-stroke lead at Wyn­d­ham

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JOEDY MCCREARY

The rounds are start­ing to re­peat for Byeong Hun An: No bo­geys, a bunch of birdies and more time atop the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship leader­board.

An shot a 4-un­der 66 on Satur­day for a one-stroke lead af­ter three rounds at the PGA Tour’s fi­nal event be­fore the play­offs.

An, who was at 17-un­der 193, has held or shared the lead af­ter each of the first three rounds and has yet to play a hole worse than par. The 27-year-old South Korean with three in­ter­na­tional vic­to­ries has put him­self in po­si­tion to claim his first win on tour.

“It feels sim­i­lar to yes­ter­day, to be fair,” An said. “I had some nice shots here and there, but scram­bled well to­day. An­other bo­geyfree (round). I’m quite happy with it – a 66 out here, and I have a lead.”

For­mer Wyn­d­ham win­ner Webb Simp­son and Brice Gar­nett were tied for sec­ond, with Simp­son shoot­ing a 65 and Gar­nett a 66. Ryan Armour was 15 un­der fol­low­ing a 65.

“One shot is basically noth­ing,” An said. “It’s not that big of a lead. It’s just one shot.”

Over­all, it was yet an­other low-scor­ing day at Sedge­field Coun­try Club. For a while mid­way through An’s round, six play­ers were tied for the lead at 13 un­der.

“I wouldn’t be sur­prised if some­body shot 8, 9, 10 un­der, a guy who’s within strik­ing dis­tance,” Simp­son said. “I’ve got to keep the pedal down, and if I don’t shoot a low one, I’m not go­ing to win.”

An started to get some sep­a­ra­tion from the crowd with three birdies in the four-hole span from Nos. 5-8, mov­ing to 16 un­der. Then came his best shot of the day, a 50-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. He closed with four straight pars.

Simp­son – a na­tive North Carolinian who named his daugh­ter Wyn­d­ham af­ter his first ca­reer vic­tory came here in 2011 – strung to­gether three birdies around a bo­gey mid­way through his back nine to move to 16 un­der.

If noth­ing else, he’s in good po­si­tion to claim his fifth top-10 fin­ish in six years at this tour­na­ment.

Gar­nett made the turn at 15 un­der fol­low­ing back-to­back birdies, then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th to pull even with Simp­son and saved par on the 18th af­ter rolling his third shot from a green­side bunker to within 3 feet from the flag­stick.

“I was just try­ing to get the putt (on 17) some­where around the hole,” Gar­nett said. “For­tu­nately, the putt had some eyes and drifted in. Huge mo­men­tum go­ing into to­mor­row.”

Armour climbed into con­tention with six birdies in a 10-hole stretch mid­way through his round that put him two strokes back.

And Vik­tor Hov­land fin­ished his sea­son-best round with a birdie on the 18th af­ter land­ing his 150-yard approach shot some 3 feet from the flag­stick. He was tied for fifth with J.T. Pos­ton and Paul Casey at 14 un­der.

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