Kim leads Texas Open after Spieth shoots 73

‘I was able to clean up the card’ says Woods after shooting a 5-under 67 in the BMW championship third round

Kim Si-woo carded a three-under-par 69 on Saturday, while Jordan Spieth lost ground after a forgettable front nine.

Kim Si-woo remains the man to beat at the Texas Open after maintaining his lead after the third round as Jordan Spieth faded.

South Korean Kim – who became the youngest winner of the Players Championship in 2017 – carded a three-under-par 69 on Saturday.

Kim, 23, used four birdies to improve to 15 under through 54 holes, a shot ahead of Canadian Corey Conners at TPC San Antonio.

But, Kim’s round did not start well. He bogeyed the par-four first hole for the second time this week after going blemish-free on Friday.

Kim was able to fire off a handful off birdies to get some strokes back and nearly repeated a hole-in-one of the par-three 16th — he ultimately parred the hole.

It is the first time Kim has led entering a final round, and he has some very close competition.

Conners​, who is yet to win on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 2015, posted a third-round 66 to be within striking distance, while 2016 champion Charley Hoffman (64) is a stroke further back at 13 under.

Scott Brown (67), Jhonattan Vegas (67) and Lee Kyoung-hoon fill out the top five and sit tied for fourth place at 11 under.

Meanwhile, former world number one Spieth endured a difficult day as he lost ground in the race for the Texas title.

Spieth teed off in a tie for second position but the three-time major champion posted a forgettable one-over-par 73.

Four strokes back from the leader at the start of play, Spieth went six-over 42 on the front nine, which included two double-bogeys and two bogeys without a birdie.

Spieth, though, managed to go five-under 31 following the turn thanks to five birdies to be seven under overall, alongside the likes of Rickie Fowler (73).

 

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