With a card of 67 strokes, five under par, American golfer Russell Henley assumed the solo leadership of the CJ Cup tournament on the PGA circuit after the third round on Saturday, in which the Spaniard Jon Rahm placed 14th.
Henley, who at 31 years old is chasing his fourth PGA title, added three consecutive birdies on his way to a total of 201 shots in the first 54 holes played at Shadow Creek (Las Vegas, Nevada).
Three shots to the head were three other Americans: Lanto Griffin (66 shots on Saturday), Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Xander Schauffele (74), who had started the day as leader on Saturday.
The Colombian Sebastián Muñoz signed a card of 67 strokes, five under par, and was placed in the group in 10th place.
For his part, the Spanish Jon Rahm, number two in the world ranking, finished with 69 strokes (eight behind the leader) in 14th place, shared with three other players, including the Chilean Joaquín Niemann.
World number one, American Dustin Johnson, had to give up competing in Las Vegas after testing positive for coronavirus prior to the tournament.
– Classification of the PGA CJ Cup tournament in Shadow Creek (Las Vegas) after the third round on Saturday (par 72):
201 – Russell Henley (USA) 66-68-67
204 – Lanto Griffin (USA) 70-68-66, Talor Gooch (USA) 70-65-69, Jason Kokrak (USA) 70-66-68, Xander Schauffele (USA) 66-64-74
206 – Jason Day (AUS) 70-70-66, Justin Thomas (USA) 72-66-68, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 65-68-73
207 – Collin Morikawa (USA) 71-65-71
208 – Bubba Watson (USA) 74-69-65, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 73-69-66, Sebastián Muñoz (COL) 71-70-67, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-68-70
209 – Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 72-68-69, Jon Rahm (ESP) 67-73-69, Harry Higgs (USA) 72-67-70, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 69-68-72