Sabbatini, a four-time tour winner who lives in Southlake outside Dallas, had an eagle and four birdies for a back-nine 29 on the La Cantera Golf Clubs Resort Course. Winless since the 2007 Colonial in Fort Worth, he had a 14-under 196 total.
Its fun to play a course where you actually know where the ball is going. Its been a frustrating year, but this feels good, Sabbatini said.
Some of my best rounds have come with limited confidence, Johnson said. I didnt have high expectations coming in. But when Ive played well, Ive putted well and that was the case today.
Tim Wilkinson (63), 1997 winner Tim Herron (67) and second-round leader Chris Stroud (69) were 11 under, and Mark Wilson (66), Joe Ogilvie (67), Michael H. Thompson (67), Jeff Overton (67) and Tim Petrovic (68) followed at 10 under.
Defending champion Justin Leonard, the former University of Texas star seeking a record fourth victory in the event, was 7 under after a 64.
Theres still a lot of golf to be played, but its going to take another round like this or better to have a chance tomorrow, Leonard said.