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Valero Texas Open: Matt Wallace and Jordan Spieth share lead after third round

Englishman Matt Wallace and American Jordan Spieth transfer to prime of the leaderboard at TPC San Antonio as Charley Hoffman continues his cost to be two behind in third place; watch the ultimate round stay on Sky Sports Golf from 6pm on Sunday

Last Updated: 04/04/21 2:49am

Matt Wallace, who has four European Tour victories to his name, shares the Texas Open lead with Jordan Spieth

Matt Wallace, who has 4 European Tour victories to his identify, shares the Texas Open lead with Jordan Spieth

Matt Wallace and Jordan Spieth moved right into a share of the lead after the third round of the Valero Texas Open after carding five-under 67s at TPC San Antonio.

The pair are on 12-under 204 after 54 holes, two away from Charley Hoffman with halfway-leader Cameron Tringale in fourth place on eight beneath.

Englishman Wallace, looking for his first PGA Tour win, began the day alongside Spieth two behind Tringale however vaulted into the lead after birdieing the opening two holes because the American bogeyed the second.

The 30-year-old parred the subsequent eight holes earlier than ending a run of 31 holes with out a dropped shot when he three-putted the eleventh for a bogey.

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Wallace bounced straight again by sinking a 17-footer for birdie on the twelfth and then holed from 17 ft for a achieve on the fifteenth earlier than closing with back-to-back birdies, after driving into the greenside tough on the brief par-four seventeenth and then discovering the inexperienced in two on the par-five 18th with an outstanding second shot.

“Started off lovely, that settles you down,” Wallace stated. “I felt nervous, but that’s a good thing because we haven’t been in that situation for a while, you know, with fans and being in Jordan’s home state. I’m very happy with today’s work.

“I’ve simply received to dig deep in my very own recreation and get pleasure from my good things and take into consideration my good things and attempt to get it executed tomorrow.”

Spieth, without a victory since The Open in 2017, trod water on the front nine with his first birdie of the day coming at the ninth where he holed an 11-foot putt after earlier bogeying the fourth.

This is the third event this season in which Spieth has held the lead or co-lead after 54 holes

This is the third event this season in which Spieth has held the lead or co-lead after 54 holes

The 27-year-old Texan then surged up the leaderboard with birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th before matching Wallace’s two closing birdies, although he needed an excellent up-and-down from a cart path at the 17th before just missing his eagle putt at the last.

“I hit some very nice pictures in direction of the tip of the round, left the ball in the precise spots when it was missed and actually, I did a fantastic job managing as we speak,” Spieth stated.

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“I did not really feel like I had nice management of the golf ball. Just beginning out on the vary as we speak I received into some unhealthy habits that I’ve been attempting to work my method out of and simply thought I actually wanted to simply handle the round effectively and form of let chipping and placing form of take over.”

Hoffman was five over after 14 holes on Thursday but he continued his charge by firing the lowest round of the day for the second day running to get to 10 under.

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Charley Hoffman continued his charge up the leaderboard at the Texas Open with a seven-under 65

Charley Hoffman continued his charge up the leaderboard at the Texas Open with a seven-under 65

The 44-year-old American, who won this event in 2016 and finished second in 2019, followed Friday’s 66 with a 65 which saw him play the back nine in just 30 blows with an eagle at the par-five 14th and birdies at the 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th.

Tringale struggled alongside Wallace and Spieth in the final group – their start was delayed by around two-and-a-half hours by early-morning rain – and fell off the pace with three successive bogeys from the 11th on his way to a 73.

Cameron Tringale is seeking his first PGA Tour win

Cameron Tringale is seeking his first PGA Tour win

India’s Anirban Lahiri is in fifth place on seven under after a 69, with American quartet Tom Hoge, who finished with sixth successive birdies for a 66 after starting on the 10th, Gary Woodland (67), Lucas Glover (70) and Matt Kuchar (70) tied for sixth on six under.

Rickie Fowler, who like Hoffman needs to win this week to earn a last-minute invite to The Masters, is tied for 21st place on three under.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell moved up to two under thanks to a three-under 69, while Scotland’s Martin Laird remained on one over following a level-par 72, with Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington (74) two over and Englishman Tom Lewis (74) three over.

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