Spieth leads by one stroke after three rounds at Colonial

Sat May 28, 2016 8:36pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth charged into the lead despite a stumble at the final hole of the third round at the Colonial tournament in Texas on Saturday.

The world number two hit an errant tee shot in the left rough at the par-four 18th and made bogey for a five-under-par 65 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

He posted a 12-under 198 total for a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Ryan Palmer (66) and Webb Simpson (67).

Spieth hopes to win for the eighth time on the PGA Tour, first time in his home state of Texas and first time since his back-nine collapse at the Masters last month.

“I feel really good about my game, all parts of it,” Spieth told reporters.

“I’m going to need to stick to the basics, especially my posture, and be really disciplined with my set-up and alignment and then make confident swings, knowing we’ve hit good shots all week. “Hopefully, the putter stays hot as well.”

In his six-birdie round, Spieth hit only four fairways but scrambled with a solid short game, including a chip-in birdie from 30 feet at the 11th.

Palmer, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2010, birdied four of the final 10 holes to close in on Spieth.

“I fought the speed on my putts all day,” Palmer said. “Fortunately I had some shorter putts down the stretch and I stayed patient.”   Continued...

May 28, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Jordan Spieth hits his approach on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2016 Dean & Deluca Invitational. at Colonial Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports