NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.: 4 pictures behind firstly of the day, Russell Henley ran off three straight birdies to start out the again 9 Saturday and posted a 5-under 67 to construct a three-shot lead going into the ultimate spherical of the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.
Henley had loads of assist from the opposite gamers in his group.
Xander Schauffele, who had a three-shot lead going into the weekend, had a pair of late bogeys and didn’t capitalize on the par 5s in his spherical of 74. Tyrrell Hatton didn’t make a birdie till the ultimate gap in a 73. Of the highest 25 gamers, they have been the one two who shot over par.
Henley’s placing has been an ideal match for the agency, glass-like greens of Shadow Creek. He leads the sector in a very powerful placing class, and it has carried him to solely the second 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour profession.
Henley was at 15-under 201.
Lanto Griffin, who received his first PGA Tour occasion a 12 months in the past on the Houston Open, discovered the water off the tee on the par-5 18th and made bogey and nonetheless managed a 66. He was at 12-under 204 together with Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Schauffele, nonetheless within the combine regardless of a sloppy Saturday.
Hatton was within the group 5 pictures behind with Justin Thomas (68) and Jason Day, who had a 66 as the previous world No. 1 tries to finish greater than two years with out a victory.
Henley began to shut the hole when he acquired up-and-down from a bunker in entrance of the inexperienced on the par-5 seventh, and Schauffele missed the inexperienced on the par-Three eighth and took bogey.
And after they made the flip, Henley took off.
He holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 10, hit driver simply by way of the inexperienced on the reachable par-4 11th gap to arrange a easy up-and-down for an additional birdie, after which hit his method to only inside 5 toes on No. 12 for a 3rd straight birdie.
Henley closed with six straight pars, lacking probabilities on the 2 par 5s, however nobody may catch him.
However he is aware of what can occur, having flipped his fortunes on Saturday.
Anyone can come at me, Henley mentioned. You may go low out right here. The greens are nice and it’s gettable, however you’ve acquired to play properly to do this. You’ve acquired to do the whole lot properly. I’ve acquired to only maintain my head down and play an excellent spherical for me.
Schauffele was hopeful of at the very least ending his spherical at par, and that didn’t go his means, both. He went lengthy on the par-3 17th into tough so deep he may barely maintain it on the inexperienced, resulting in his fourth bogey. And he went simply over the again of the 18th inexperienced in two, once more in tough going through a downhill chip that he rolled all the best way to the perimeter.
Schauffele likes to speak about strokes gained perspective, and it was a wrestle for him with rounds that stretching shut to 6 hours at Shadow Creek due to deep tough, restricted marshals and loads of looking.
Sung Kang is aware of the sensation. He took an 11 on the par-Four second gap, which included two misplaced balls when he spent greater than three minutes wanting and got here up empty. He additionally hit a couple of backward attempting to flee hassle. Nothing labored.
Schauffele wasn’t that unhealthy. It simply felt prefer it.
I used to be attempting to determine what was worse, the tempo of play or my high quality of golf, he mentioned. It was sort of a tie right now. To not be a bitter individual, however simply a kind of days. At present was my unhealthy day for the week. Bought it out of the best way earlier than Sunday. I assume I’m in a well-recognized place being three again now.”
Schauffele has been trailing going into the ultimate spherical in all 4 of his PGA Tour victories.
Henley’s final victory was in 2017 on the Houston Open, the place he got here from 4 pictures behind within the ultimate spherical. Now he has a cushion at Shadow Creek, and a sizzling putter on placing surfaces he loves.
DIVOTS: Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, left Las Vegas upon studying his mom had died. Spieth used Preston Valder, who performed at UCLA and now helps Patrick Cantlay. … The CJ Cup introduced subsequent 12 months’s match could be at Haesley 9 Bridges close to Seoul. It was performed the earlier three years at 9 Bridges on Jeju Island. It’s at Shadow Creek this 12 months solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and journey points.