March 28, 2015 / 11:09 PM / 4 years ago

Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker held firm, shooting a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead, as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday.

Mar 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Jimmy Walker hits his tee shot on the seventeenth hole during the third round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks Course. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207.

Local resident Walker posted three birdies in five holes from the 14th, capped by back-to-back birdies at the finish.

Spieth, who won his last PGA event two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, shot a rollercoaster 71 that included six birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par-three 16th to stand second at five-under 211.

FedExCup champion Billy Horschel birdied the last three holes for a 71 that put him three-under for the championship and one shot ahead of a group of five at 214 that included two-time Texas Open winner Zach Johnson.

Charley Hoffman, who trailed Walker by one at the tournament’s halfway mark, soared to a windblown seven-over 43 on the front nine with three bogeys and two double-bogeys and shot 79 to finish the day 12 strokes behind Walker.

Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry

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