Australian Cameron Davis has finished strongly to be in contention for a maiden US PGA Tour victory going into the final round of the 3M Open in Minnesota.
Davis reeled off a trio of birdies starting on the 14th to grind out a two-under 69 third round on Saturday leaving him tied sixth, four shots behind joint leaders Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski.
His round included six birdes and four bogeys.
The 25-year-old Sydneysider is on track for his best finish on the tour – his best so far is a tie for eighth at the Honda Classic in March.
It is a welcome return to form for the 2017 Australian Open champion who had missed the cut in his four tournaments since the season restarted in June.
Davis had two top-10 finishes earlier this season before the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Americans Thompson and Werenski started moving day at TPC Twin Cities, sharing the lead and that’s where they remained after an action-packed 18 holes.
They travelled on vastly different paths to each shoot three-under 68 before walking together to the clubhouse even again at 15-under-par 198.
They are two shots clear of South African Charl Schwartzel (66) and world No.17 Tony Finau (69).
Max Homa posted a sizzling seven-under 64 to be alone in fifth at 12-under.
Thompson started strongly and the 35-year-old – whose only career tour win was at the Honda Classic in Florida in 2013 – had a four-stroke lead until the 15th.
He made his only bogey of the day on the 17th but remains confident of getting the job done on Sunday without the added pressure of playing a final round in front of a crowd – with fans locked out due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It kind of allows me to keep my emotions even keel. That’s kind of the way I play golf. That’s what I like to do on the golf course,” Thompson said.
Werenski birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th to rejoin Thompson for the lead and boost his hopes of a first PGA Tour title.
“It’s definitely good to have a strong finish like that,” the 28-year-old Werenski said.
“I did a good job of just kind of hanging in there, grinding along, giving myself looks.
“There’s still a lot of golf left.”