• Charl two back at 3M Open

    Charl Schwartzel
    Charl Schwartzel

    Charl Schwartzel and Tony Finau will start the final round at the 3M Open two strokes behind Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski.

    SA’s Schwartzel rose five places on Saturday after a 66. It could’ve very well been a 65 but for his long-range bunker shot for eagle at the last lipping out.

    The 35-year-old South African who has two career TOUR victories said: ‘It was a slow motion lip-out.’

    He is the only player to make birdie or better on every par-5 hole this week, the first time in his TOUR career he’s done so.

    Schwartzel’s day did include an eagle with his 34 foot putt at the sixth dropping. In all, his Saturday included four birdies, one eagle and a lone blemish at the ninth when he three-putted from well over 100 feet.

    Werenski birdied three of the last four holes Saturday to erase a four-stroke deficit and catch Thompson for the lead. Co-leader Thompson, who entered the week well below the cut for the FedExCup Playoffs in 151st place, made three straight birdies on the front nine of his 228th career start.

    Dylan Frittelli tripled the last for a 70 which saw him drop from four off the lead to a share of 25th.

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