Na moves into Texas lead

Updated: 23/05/2022


Kevin Na is confident he can turn his third-round lead into title success at the Charles Schwab Challenge if he shoots a “few under par” on Sunday.

Kevin Na (19/10 Charles Schwab Challenge Outright) will take a two-shot lead into the final day of the Charles Schwab Challenge after carding a score of 69 during Saturday’s third round.

The 35-year-old was looking to build on his spectacular second-round score of 62 and although he did not quite deliver the same quality, he was still able to produce a below-par score that moved him onto nine-under for the tournament.

Na even recovered from a double-bogey at the par-five 11th and he believes another solid round on Sunday will be enough to seal what would be his third PGA Tour title.

“I played solid the whole front nine and after a double-bogey, I grouped it together,” Na said. “If I shoot a few under par I should stay ahead of the other guys and I should be all right.”

It is a congested leaderboard behind Na in Texas as a group of five players are two shots off the pace on seven-under, including 2016 champion Jordan Spieth (10/3), who birdied his opening two holes of the day but ultimately had to settle for a score of 68.

Mackenzie Hughes (18/1), CT Pan (9/1), Jim Furyk (8/1) and Tony Finau (11/2) are the other players on seven-under, while Charley Hoffman and Austin Cook are also in contention a shot further back.

It was not such a good day for overnight leader Jonas Blixt, however, as he has slipped to four shots off the pace in a tie for ninth after he struggled to a four-over-par round of 74 on Saturday.

Odds subject to change.

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