Jimmy Walker stretches lead in hometown Texas Open
Hometown hope Jimmy Walker fired six birdies in a three-under-par 69 on Saturday to stretch his lead in the US PGA Tour Texas Open to four strokes.
Walker, who lives just a half-hour`s drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth.
Spieth, the 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211.
He was two strokes in front of last season`s FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213.
Walker, who captured his fourth PGA Tour title at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year, started the day with a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley.
He closed his round with back-to-back birdies, chipping to seven feet at 17 and draining a 10-footer at the last, and was pleased with his effort on another tough, windy day.
"It was a tough day today. It blew really hard again,out of the south today. So I know it`s a windy golf course, but it`s still tough," Walker said.
"The greens are firm. You can see some spots starting to brown out a bit."
Spieth, who started the day two shots adrift, gained ground with four birdies in a five-hole span on the front nine and was tied for the lead through 13 holes.
But he played the final five holes in one over par with a bogey at 14 followed by a birdie at 15, double bogey at the par-three 16th and birdie at 17 before he capped his round with a par at the last.
"I just kind of let some get away from me there," Spieth said.
"I didn`t play the smartest shots and was being a little too aggressive for this golf course."
Scott Pinckney carded a 69 to vault into a share of fourth place on 214.
He was tied with former Masters champion Zach Johnson (72), Brendan Steele (72), Jason Kokrak (71) and Chesson Hadley (71).
Australia`s Baddeley had a disastrous day, his seven bogeys including four in a row on the front nine on his way to a four-over 76 that left him on 215, alongside Chris Kirk and Kevin Na.
Hoffman, who had led after the first round with a bogey free round in tough winds, fared even worse -- signing for a 79 that left him 11 adrift on 218.