Spieth leads Palmer, Simpson by one at Colonial


Thanks to a round of 5-under 65, Jordan Spieth will take a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson into the final round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Here’s how things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club:

Leaderboard: Spieth (-12) Palmer (-11), Simpson (-11), Harris English (-10), Kyle Reifers (-10), Martin Piller (-10), Jason Dufner (-9)

What it means: Spieth is in pursuit of his eighth PGA Tour title and second this year following his win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. The world No. 2 made three birdies on each side and otherwise scrambled his way to success, dropping his only shot with a closing bogey at the 18th. The Texas native and Dallas resident has yet to win in his home state, making Sunday an especially big day for the 22-year-old playing in front of his hometown fans. Just one shot back, 2012 U.S. Open champ Simpson is looking to get his game together with the help of a new putter. Simpson has fallen all the way to 95th in the world and hasn’t won on Tour since Oct. 2013. Palmer, who will play Spieth in the final pairing, is a Colonial member looking to parlay his local knowledge into his first win since 2010.

Round of the day: After starting on the back nine and going out in 1 under, Matt Kuchar rattled off six birdies in seven holes on Nos. 1-7 for a second-nine 29 and a bogey-free round of 7-under 63. After a first-round 73, Kuchar has just one blemish on his scorecard, a triple-bogey 7 at the par-4 ninth in Round 2.

Best of the rest: English and Chris Stroud both made seven birdies and a bogey for rounds of 6-under 64. English sits just two back, in pursuit of his third Tour win.

Biggest disappointment: After taking the Day 1 lead with a round of 6-under 64, Bryce Molder has played his last 36 holes just 1 under. After an even-par 70 in Round 3, he’ll enter the final round six shots back.

Shot of the day: Spieth tied the lead at 11 under with this chip-in for birdie at the par-5 11th:

Quote of the day: “I’ve thought about him all week. This was his favorite tournament. … He’s been with me all day and all week.” – Palmer, when asked about his father who died in a car accident last August