Spieth in hunt for first Texas win
FORT WORTH, Texas — Jordan Spieth is still seeking his first PGA Tour victory in his home state of Texas. Ryan Palmer would love to win on his home course.
Spieth and Palmer, who play a lot of practice rounds together, will be in the last group Sunday for the final round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational. In the back-end of a Texas two-step after the Byron Nelson last week, Spieth was at 12-under 198, a stroke ahead of Colonial member Palmer and Webb Simpson.
"It will be a fun dynamic," said Spieth, who shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday, even while missing a lot of fairways and a few greens. "It'll be cool because as a member, he'll have tons of support and we have had tons of support this week."
Spieth, who has seven PGA Tour wins, was alone in the lead after three birdies and a huge par save in a four-hole stretch in the middle of his round. The 22-year-old Dallas native tied for second at Hogan's Alley last year, one of his three runner-up finishes in the Lone Star State.
Palmer overcame consecutive early bogeys to shoot 66. Simpson shot 67 after 3-foot par putt at the 18th hole for a share of the lead lipped out of the cup — much like Palmer's short birdie chance there in the previous threesome, though Palmer will be in the final twosome.
"I was so sick and disappointed with the putt I hit on 18, because that was what I wanted," Palmer said. "I wanted to be with him in the final group on my home course in front of my family and friends and in front of the members of Colonial."
Spieth hit only three of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation. He drove into the rough and was short of the green on his approach at No. 18, but held his hand over his mouth in some disbelief after his 9-foot par chance slid by the hole for his only bogey.
After a 12-foot birdie at No. 9 to make the turn at 10 under, Spieth's approach at No. 10 went over the green before a wedge shot to about 9 feet and making that putt to save par. He then chipped in from off the front of the green at the 615-yard 11th and hit his approach within a foot at the 12th for another birdie and stayed along at top of the leaderboard after that.
"I felt like I struck the ball well, got off to a good start again and then my short game really kept me in it in the middle of the round. So, my scrambling was kind of the key," Spieth said. "The up-and-down at 10, that was one of the worst lies I've had in the rough in a long time."
Palmer, who turns 40 in September, got the last of his three PGA Tour victories in 2010. He missed the cut last year at Colonial.
CHAMPIONS: At Benton Harbor, Mich., Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 in tricky wind conditions in the Senior PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round.
Four strokes ahead at a tournament-record 14 under entering the day, Mediate had three birdies and three bogeys — his first of the week — at Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores. He matched the course and tournament records with an opening 62 and had a 66 on Friday.
At 14-under 199, the 53-year-old Mediate tied the tournament 54-hole record of set by Sam Snead in 1973 at PGA National and matched by Roger Chapman in 2012 at Harbor Shores. Mediate is attempting to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the event since Jack Nicklaus in 1991 at PGA National.
Montgomerie had a 68 to reach 12 under.
LPGA: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Ariya Jutanugarn made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole at Travis Pointe to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship.
Trying to become the first to win three straight LPGA Tour events since Inbee Park in 2013, the 20-year-old Jutanugarn shot a 1-over 73 to reach 10-under 206. She won three weeks ago in Alabama to become the first Thai winner in tour history and followed with a victory last week in Virginia.
Jessica Korda and Christina Kim were tied for second. Korda had a 70, and Kim shot 72.