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Resurgent Spieth retains lead at Colonial

Jordan Spieth knows how to finish out of the rough and did just that to retain his advantage heading into the final round of the PGA Tour event at Colonial.

After hitting his final drive on Saturday into the thick grass on an incline right of the No.18 fairway, Spieth recovered with an approach to eight feet before rolling in the birdie putt that gave him the solo lead again over playing partner Jason Kokrak.

Spieth had his second consecutive round of 4-under 66 to get to 15 under.

That left him one stroke ahead of Kokrak, who had matched him for the lead with four birdies in a six-hole stretch before a closing par in his round of 66.

“It’s never easy to win out here. It’s a Saturday,” Spieth said.

“It’s one of those where you would like to separate yourself and get a big lead, but then he’s going to go make those putts on the back nine, and he’s a player that plays with a lot of confidence.

“Colonial is a great setting for a good finish.”

The resurgent Spieth has the 54-hole lead for a PGA Tour best-matching fourth time this season, all in a span of 11 tournaments.

That stretch includes his win at the Texas Open, the first time he had won since the 2017 British Open.

Spieth – the local favourite who won Colonial in 2016 and has been the runner-up there two other times – and Kokrak will play together again on Sunday in the final group.”

The crowds are crazy but it’s fun to have a local kid and play well and him be in the last group, and I’d be more than happy to spoil it for him tomorrow,” Kokrak said.

The 36-year-old got his first only only career PGA Tour victory in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas last October.

Sergio Garcia, who was 21 when he got the first of his 11 PGA Tour victories at Colonial 20 years ago, is alone in third at 10 under after a 68.

Ian Poulter had the best round of the day with a 64 after getting started with four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine, moving up 26 spots into tied-fourth at 8 under with Sebastian Munoz (70).

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was tied-sixth at 7 under with Brendon Todd and Patton Kizzire.

Cameron Davis, the only Australian to make the cut, had a 71 to drop back to a share of 61st at 1 over.

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