Patrick Reed shot a 4-under-par 67 to grab the lead in Saturday’s third round at The Northern Trust, the first stop on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
He holds a one-shot advantage on Mexico’s Abraham Ancer going into Sunday’s final round at Liberty National Golf Club in Paramus, N.J. Reed is at 14-under 199.
Ancer shot a 68 Saturday, his highest round of the tournament.
Brandt Snedeker made the big move of the round, notching a 63 and holding a share of third place with Spain’s Jon Rahm (69) at 12 under.
Even though Tiger Woods withdrew a day earlier, there could be plenty of excitement as the tournament winds down.
The upper part of the leaderboard includes Englishmen Danny Willett (66) and Justin Rose (69), along with Harold Varner III (68), at 11 under.
Reed, who began the round two shots off the top, didn’t have a bogey in the tournament until the par-4 15th. He posted a birdie two holes later.
Ancer moved into the lead with three consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-14. But his bogey on the 16th cost him the outright lead as Reed’s late birdie reconfigured the top spots.
Ancer birdied all three par-5 holes Saturday. He missed the cut in his previous two tournaments, so he hadn’t played a weekend round on the PGA Tour since mid-June at the Travelers Championship.
Second-round leader Dustin Johnson fell to a 10th-place tie at 9 under after a 74. Johnson is a two-time winner of playoff-opening tournaments, though at other venues.
Jordan Spieth had another troublesome start to the weekend, continuing a trend throughout the season. His 74 dropped him to 8 under and into a tie for 13th place.
A week earlier in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., Spieth’s third-round 77 knocked from contention all the way out of the tournament as he missed the secondary cut.
Jutanugarn takes lead
Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Ladies Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland.
Jutanugarn, who carded six birdies and two bogeys in the round, is 16 under for the tournament, one shot ahead of South Koreans Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6.
Hur took advantage of a soft course after heavy rains to shoot a 9-under 62 on Friday, but managed just two birdies against one bogey on Saturday. Lee6, the reigning U.S. Open champion, birdied four of the final six holes on her way to a 5-under 66 for the day.
South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee is alone in fourth place at 12 under after shooting 3-under 68.
The Netherlands’ Anne van Dam, who started the day in a tie for third, shot even par and now sits in a five-way tie for fifth at 10 under. She’s joined by South Korea’s Chella Choi, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, Jane Park of the U.S. and Carly Booth of Scotland.
Australia’s Minjee Lee, who entered the round at even par, had Saturday’s best round with a 7-under 64 and jumped from 60th place to a tie for 18th entering the final round.
Four-time major champion Laura Davies, 55, shot even par on Saturday to make the cut for the first time in 12 LPGA Tour events this year. The Englishwoman is tied for 44th at 2 under for the tournament.
— Field Level Media