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2022 AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard: Jordan Spit’s 64 in round 3 puts him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

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2022 AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard: Jordan Spit’s 64 in round 3 puts him one behind leader Sebastian Munoz

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) -- Sebastian Munoz will be the "other" local guy in Byron Nelson's final round final pair.That's cool of a C

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McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local guy in Byron Nelson’s final round final pair.

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That’s cool of a Colombian who now calls the Dallas area home and at least shared the lead after all three rounds.

On Saturday, Muñoz scored 6-under-66 to find himself 21 under, one stroke ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spit, who is still looking for a breakthrough in a tournament that saw him wrestle in the final round as a 16-year-old high school senior. 2010. Spit shot 64.

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Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in the final group on Sunday, alone in third, another hit back after 65. James Hahn nearly equaled Munoz’s 60 in the first round at TPC Craig Ranch, scoring 61 and moving up 34 points to fourth place with Justin. Thomas (64).

Sleeps a year younger than Munoz, at 28, but has three majors among 13 career wins since starring at the University of Texas. Munoz, who played at a nearby college in North Texas two and a half years before his only PGA Tour win.

“Besides winning in Bogotá, Colombia, I have never been a favorite anywhere else,” Muñoz said. “So this is a familiar place. Jordan is of course the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. He and I are good friends, so tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”

Spit never completed more than two holes without a birdie in front of a scarecrow at age 15. He’s had lower rounds and was close to winning a tournament he’s keen to win after such a great PGA Tour debut as an amateur 12 years ago.

In addition, he and other players in the world’s top 30 players this week are gearing up for next week’s PGA Championship at the Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“So having a chance to win this tournament is going to be kind of the best chance I’ve ever had on Sunday,” Spit said. “Good job without pushing myself too hard, I just wanted to enter the competition and obviously see what needs to be perfected next week. But there is no better preparation for the Major than winning the previous week.”

Speight was ninth last season in his first year at TPC Craig Ranch, his best Nelson finish.

Muñoz hit a 39-foot bird shot on the second par-4 hole and hit a long bunker shot on the short sixth par-4 hole.

Playing with another Texan in Ryan Palmer, Munoz ran into trouble along with Palmer on par-16.

After Palmer channeled his approach straight into the stands, Muñoz went to the left, bunkering the ball into the uneven ground above his feet. He slammed the ground with his club, leaving the counter 30 feet away, and ended up with his only scarecrow.

Palmer, two shots behind at the time after a streak of five consecutive shots, had to fall into some sort of deep rough punch, taking him two throws to get out and three hits for the double bogey.

A West Texas native and Dallas resident aiming for his first individual win since 2010, Palmer threw 70 and was 17 short of defending champion K.H. Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwarzel (68).

Spyt briefly equaled Munoz 18 under five birdies in six holes before the Colombian hit his 9 and 10 approaches within 5 feet for the birdies that put him back in front to stay.

Khan missed cuts the last two times he played Nelson after finishing third in 2017, last year at the TPC Four Seasons in another Dallas suburb, Irving.

The move to McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown, came after Nelson played twice at Trinity Forest in south Dallas before being canceled during the pandemic ahead of a new move.

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A two-time PGA Tour winner, Khan hit five of the last six holes on the front nine and started stretching five down on four holes, hitting his second 7-foot shot on the 12th par-5.

“I feel like it was just easy for me there, but everyone drops, 9-, 10-younger, someone every day,” said Khan, who has missed 10 cuts this season. “So I just thought, ‘Why not me?’

Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, who overcame a triple phantom throw from an outside throw early in the second round to hit Sunday’s run, recorded birdies in groups of 65, leaving him 16 years old.

The top player and resident of Dallas hit four of the last five holes up front and three in a row from behind, but his ghost-free round ended with a disappointing par-5 par-5 finish.

“I haven’t really seen the ball go in very often and it’s frustrating because you have to putt here to score low points,” Scheffler said. “I made it back to the tournament, but tomorrow I’ll need a stick if I want to make some noise.”

Davis Riley scored 64 points and tied with Scheffler and Bo Hossler (67).

A couple of older rookies of the tour were out of the fight with 2-older 74s. David Skinns, 40-year-old from England, started the day with an equal lead along with Munoz and Palmer, and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who was just a strike back.

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