Golf: Colombia's Sebastian Munoz owns one-shot lead at Byron Nelson tournament

Colombian golfer Sebastian Munoz during the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament, on May 14, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

DALLAS (REUTERS) - Colombian Sebastian Munoz fired a six-under 66 on Saturday (May 14) to take a one-shot lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.

Munoz, a co-leader after 36 holes, sits on 21-under 195 for the tournament.

Jordan Spieth carded a 64 at TPC Craig Ranch to move into sole possession of second place at 20 under while Joaquin Niemann of Chile (65) is by himself in third at 19 under, two shots back. Niemann is looking to become the sixth multiple winner this season.

James Hahn, who shot a Saturday-best 61, vaulted 34 places up the leaderboard to sit tied for fourth with Justin Thomas (64) three shots back at 18 under.

Hahn finished one shot shy of his career low round.

Munoz wasted little time scoring, carding a birdie on the second hole en route to a five-birdie day. He also logged an eagle on the par-four sixth hole. His clean card was ruined with a bogey on the 16th.

"Overall my mental game was really good. I got off to a good start and kind of kept pushing," Munoz said. "I didn't let up, even though the playing partners weren't playing as good in the beginning, I kind of kept up the pace and put up the good numbers."

Spieth (67-65-64) continued his trend of shooting a lower score in each round. He recorded nine birdies against just one bogey in pursuit of his second win in as many starts.

"This will be kind of the best chance I've maybe ever had going into Sunday,"said Spieth, a Texas native. "So, it's really exciting, a lot of friends and family out, done a good job not putting too much pressure on myself, I just wanted to get into contention."

Hahn posted a clean round of nine birdies to go with an eagle on the par-five 12th hole.

"Everything went right," Hahn said. "I feel like it just played easy out there for me, but everyone's shooting, 9-, 10-under, someone is every day, so I just felt like why not me."

Second-round co-leaders Ryan Palmer and England's David Skinns both faltered in the third round. Palmer followed up Friday's electric 62 with a 70 to fall into a tie for sixth at 17 under. Skinns shot a 74 to fall 20 spots in T21 at 13 under.

Defending champion K.H. Lee of South Korea shot 67 and is in the threesome tied for sixth.

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