Patrick Reed’s 67 gave him a one-shot lead over Abraham Ancer of Mexico going into the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST.
The 2018 Masters his Reed’s last win.
He handled the tough conditions well to edge ahead of Abraham Ancer (Mexico).
‘It’s close and it feels good,’ Reed said. ‘Feels like this has been coming for some time, and now it’s just go out and stick to the game plan tomorrow and hopefully Sunday we have a chance to win the golf tournament.’
Dustin Johnson faltered and took 10 holes to make a bogey. His round fell apart with four bogeys over the last six holes for a 74 that dropped him five shots behind.
Jordan Spieth was playing in the final group and began his round by hitting his tee shot into the water, lost ground and momentum with a sloppy double bogey – his first of the week – from the fairway on No. 7 and recorded only two birdies in his round of 74.
Reed was at 14-under 199 and will be paired in the final group with Ancer, who had a 68 as he tries to deliver good golf at the right time.
Ancer, who won the Australian Open late last year, is No. 67 in the FedExCup. The top 70 advance to the BMW Championship next week at Medinah, but a good finish could sew up a spot in the TOUR Championship and make him eligible for all the Majors next year.
There’s more. He is No. 10 in the Presidents Cup standings, and Sunday could go a long way in returning to Australia as part of the International team.
‘The only thing I have to worry about is still play some good golf tomorrow and that will take care of itself,’ Ancer said. ‘I’m trying not to think about that that much. I know it’s there and I obviously think about it, but I’m just focusing on trying to do everything I can to just play a good, solid round tomorrow.’
A dozen players were separated by five shots going into the final round.
Louis Oosthuizen, who is four back, hit 12 fairways en route to a 70.