Jonathan Byrd shoots 7-under 64 to lead Tour Championship after 3 rounds


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — Five-time PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd shot a 7-under 64 in rainy, windy conditions Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Tour Championship.

Needing a high finish to regain his PGA Tour card, Byrd had a 20-under 193 total at Atlantic Beach Country Club for a two-stroke lead over Sam Saunders in the last of four Tour Finals events.

Byrd finished 55th on the Tour’s regular-season money list and 170th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. He entered the week 66th in the race for 25 cards with $5,480.

“I was telling myself, `I’m a clutch putter and I’ve made a lot of clutch putts over the year,” Byrd said. “I just felt good out there,” the 41-year-old Byrd said. “I felt at ease. When you feel that way, you’re kind of letting it come to you, you’re not working hard to make putts. You’re just kind of letting it happen and that’s kind of the way I felt.”

Saunders, Arnold Palmer‘s grandson, had a 70, two days after shooting a 59 on his home course. He was 129th in the FedEx Cup and began the week 24th with $27,900.

Saunders three-putted the par-5 18th for a bogey after closing with a double bogey Friday.

“That putt right there, it’s a bummer, but in the scheme of 18 holes it’s irrelevant,” Saunders said.” There’s a lot of golf left and I played solid today. I missed a lot of really short putts, which is weird. I’ve been putting solid all week. I’ve just got to work that out and tomorrow not do it and I’ll be fine.”

Cameron Tringale was third at 17 under after a 65. He was 133rd in the FedEx Cup and 49th in the card race with $10,944.

The winner Sunday will get $180,000.

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