Webb Simpson shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
At 9-under 201, Simpson was 2 strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were 3 strokes off the lead.
After being among four players who shared the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars.
It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a 1-stroke advantage.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn, and was at 4 under.
Lee and Kisner were also tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy who shot a 72 to fall 5 strokes back.
After three birdies and three bogeys his first eight holes Saturday, Lee had a steady stream of pars until finishing with a 16-foot birdie for a round of 69.
Casey, who shot 68, was alone in second for only a couple of minutes. He made a nearly 25-foot birdie putt that had just enough speed to fall into the cup at No. 18, while Lee was playing in the group behind him. Casey was 1 over for the day without a birdie until starting his back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch that included a bogey.
Piercy was still within a stroke of the lead at 8 under after a par-saving 13-foot putt at the 12th hole after driving into the rough and hitting his approach in a greenside bunker there.
Piercy then promptly hit his tee shot at the par-3 13th into the pond on way to a double-bogey. He followed with another bogey at 15 when he drove into the rough and then hit into a greenside bunker, and did the same at No. 18.
Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner playing in the final group, started the round with birdies at the first two holes. He gave one back with a bogey at the par-3, 192-yard No. 8 after missing the green with his tee shot.
Since losing a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at Phoenix, Simpson had missed four of nine cuts before last week.
Andrew Dodt of Australia will take a 1-stroke lead into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 68 in the third round in Virginia Water, England.
South Africa’s Branden Grace is 1 shot behind Dodt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, after a 70 at Wentworth.
Lee Westwood (72) and overnight co-leader Francesco Molinari (74) are a further 2 shots back.
Thomas Pieters and Scott Jamieson shared the lead with Molinari after the second round of the tour’s signature event but shot 78 and 76, respectively, to fall off the leaderboard.
Dodt’s two wins came at the Avantha Masters in India in 2010 and the True Thailand Classic in 2015.
Vijay Singh used his power to take advantage of rain-softened Trump National, shooting a 5-under 67 to move one shot ahead of Bernhard Langer in the third round of the Senior PGA Championship in Sterling, Va.
Singh, 54, is 10 under par for the week on the par 5s at President Donald Trump’s 7,100-yard course on the shores of the Potomac River. He routinely outdrove the 59-year-old Langer by 30 yards and got up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th to maintain his one-shot advantage.
Langer stayed close to Singh despite an off day by his standards. After missing just three greens in regulation in the first two rounds, he missed seven greens on Saturday. He shot 70. His two-putt birdie on 18 was his only birdie on the back nine.
Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Feng is 15 under for the tournament after a bogey-free round. Lizette Salas (67) is in second place, 1 shot ahead of Suzann Pettersen (69).
Second-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72) is tied for fourth with Jeong Eun Lee (68) at 12 under.
Feng, of China, has six career victories, the most recent at last year’s TOTO Japan Classic. She’s finished in the top 10 three times this season.
Feng birdied the last two holes Saturday at Travis Pointe Country Club. She took over sole possession of the lead when Salas bogeyed No. 18.