LAS VEGAS (AP) – Patrick Cantlay had enough birdies over the final nine holes to catch up with Martin Laird, and the two signed 65-shot, six-under-par scorecards Saturday, sharing the top heading into the final round of the tournament. Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
It was another low-scoring day for virtually everyone except Bryson DeChambeau, the US Open champion.
DeChambeau was five over par during a five-hole stage in the first half of his course. At TPC Summerlin, such a performance would seem much worse.
“About 12 over par,” he acknowledged.
He rallied to be even at 71. Still, he’s still seven shots behind the leaders. There are 30 golfers with a better accumulation than him, starting with a couple of previous champions.
Laird, a 37-year-old Scotsman, was crowned in Las Vegas in 2009, for the first of his three victories on the PGA Tour. He lost a playoff the following year, when the title went to Jonathan Byrd with a hole in one.
Cantlay’s success is more recent. He won his first PGA Tour title here in 2017, and was second in each of the past two years, behind DeChambeau and Kevin Na.
Cantlay and Laird are at a cumulative 193, 20 under par. But there could be others involved in the title dispute.
There are four golfers at two strokes, two at three and five at four. In this last group is the Mexican Abraham Ancer, after a round of 65 strokes.