(Reuters) – Scottie Scheffler survived a rocky end to tie fellow American Andrew Landry for the third-round lead on the American Specific event in California on Saturday.
Jan 18, 2020; L. a. Quinta, California, USA; Scottie Scheffler strains up a putt on the second one inexperienced all over the 0.33 around of The American Specific golfing event at the Stadium Route at PGA West. Obligatory Credit score: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports activities
Scheffler and Landry opened a four-stroke buffer over their nearest rival, Rickie Fowler, on an afternoon of low scoring in very best prerequisites within the southern California wasteland.
Scheffler rode his good fortune on the par-four 18th on the PGA West Stadium path in L. a. Quinta.
His tee shot seemed headed for a watery grave left of the golf green, and he used to be mightily relieved when his ball struck rocks lining the lake and by hook or by crook ricocheted again onto the golf green.
He salvaged par for a six-under-par 66, whilst Landry wielded a sizzling putter for a 65 at the Nicklaus Match path to tie it up at 21-under 195.
“I used to be simply seeking to hit just a little draw three-wood and I drew it so much,” mentioned a relieved Scheffler of his ultimate tee shot.
“It used to be an excellent wreck bouncing off the rocks like that. I suppose you’re taking them the place you’ll be able to get them.”
After taking part in 3 other lessons, everybody will probably be on equivalent footing for the overall around at PGA West on Sunday, when Landry will probably be vying for his 2nd PGA Excursion win and Scheffler his first.
Landry, who misplaced in a playoff to Jon Rahm two years in the past, is feeling at house in a cheerful looking flooring.
“I’ve been placing completely fantastically and the whole lot’s been there,” 32-year-old Landry mentioned.
“My wedge play’s been there, the placing’s there I simply want to move out and do it once more the following day.
“I’ve had some good fortune right here up to now and I do know what to do. Scottie and I are pals. It’s going to be very relaxed in the market.”
Fowler, who hails from within sight Murrieta, started his day poorly with two entrance 9 bogeys sooner than preventing again to provide himself an out of doors likelihood of a Sunday problem.
“A few psychological mistakes value me,” he mentioned.
“I actually struggled to get going early. (The vegetables) had been just a little slower than the ultimate two days and I didn’t have anything else move in till the 9th hollow however did a excellent process of putting round, no longer getting too a ways at the back of.
“I needed to grind it out and put ourselves no less than able the place we will play smartly the following day and also have an opportunity.”
Reporting by way of Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Enhancing by way of Daniel Wallis