2022 Fortinet Championship: Justin Decrease fires 69 to take one-shot lead heading into closing spherical

September 18, 2022

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Decrease weathered the wind and birdied the 18th gap Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the season-opening Fortinet Championship.

Decrease shot a 3-under 69 to get to 13 below at Silverado Resort & Spa, along with his fifth birdie of the spherical giving him his first profession 54-hole lead in his twenty ninth begin on the PGA Tour. He is on the lookout for his first tour victory.

Defending champion Max Homa and Danny Willett had been a shot again after even-par 72s. Byeong Hun An had a 71 to get to 11 below.

Whereas a number of gamers who went out early within the day posted low scores in good taking part in circumstances, the course received a lot more durable late within the day when the wind picked as much as wreak havoc on the gamers.

Willett took a number of minutes on the eighth inexperienced clearing off blowing leaves simply earlier than making a birdie putt that put him briefly within the lead at 13 below.

Staff with leaf blowers got here out on the subsequent gap to maintain the inexperienced clear however Willett made a double-bogey 7 after his strategy shot flew previous the inexperienced.

There have been few birdie possibilities out there with gamers pleased with pars late within the day. That led to a really condensed leaderboard with eight gamers inside three photographs of the lead headed into Sunday.

An moved right into a one-shot lead when he hit a stable tee shot on the par-3 fifteenth got here after which made a birdie from about 6 ft to get to 13 below. However he gave it again and extra with a double bogey within the par-5 sixteenth when his second shot received caught close to the foundation of a tree.

That opened the door for Decrease, who put his second shot on the par-5 18th simply off the inexperienced after which made the quick birdie putt.

It has been fairly a number of weeks for Decrease, who appeared to lose his tour card after three-putting the ultimate dwelling of the Wyndham Championship for a bogey when he solely wanted a par to stay in he high 125. However after extra defections to the LIV Tour, Decrease moved again into the highest 125 and is making the most of it within the first match of the brand new season.

Situations aren’t anticipated to be significantly better within the closing spherical, which has already been altered by an ominous forecast with rain and wind. The leaders will tee off a number of hours sooner than scheduled with the ultimate spherical that includes threesomes off break up tees.

Davis Thompson and Harrison Endycott shot the low rounds of the day with 65s that left Harrison in a four-way tie for fifth place with Paul Haley II, Matt Kuchar and Adam Svensson. Endycott was a stroke behind in a four-way tie for ninth.

Endycott the primary participant out on the course and performed as a single in his first profession match make the lower with a birdie on the the ultimate gap of the second spherical. He overcame a damaged driver early in that spherical and was joyful to have all of his golf equipment out there Saturday.

“Undoubtedly helps once you’ve received a driver within the bag after yesterday’s shenanigans with the cracked driver face,” he stated. “This golf course is hard hitting 3-wood in all places. So it was good to get freed up, performed some good golf right this moment.”

Haley, who had gone 3,315 days between appearances on the tour from the 2013 Wyndham Championship and the beginning of this match, was tied with Thompson within the group at 10 below after a 66.

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