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Todd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in Memphis

Todd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in Memphis

Brendon Todd shot a 1under 69 on Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take a onestroke lead into the final round of the World Golf Championship event.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the World Golf Championship event.

Todd started the third round with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198 on a nearly perfect day at TPC Southwind with the temperature in the 70s.

Hes looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. This is Todds second 54-hole lead since the PGA Tours return to play. He shot a 75 in the final round of the Travelers Championship and tied for 11th.

Byeong Hun An of South Korea, who had four straight birdies on the back nine, finished with a 66. Rickie Fowler was two strokes back after a 69.

Defending champ Brooks Koepka struggled early before he reeled off six birdies in eight holes for a 68. He was fourth at 9 under.

Justin Thomas, who can become No. 1 in the world with a victory here, was fifth at 8 under after a 66. He won on this course in 2018 before the event became a World Golf Championship in 2019. Phil Mickelson (66) and Louis Ooosthuizen (68) were in a group five strokes back.

Todd started where he left off Friday, rolling in a 14-footer for birdie on No. 1 to reach 12 under. Todd couldnt get out of the rough on the par-4 No. 5 on the way to only his second bogey of the tournament.

Fowler holed out from the green-side rough on the par-5 third to pull within two. He then joined Todd atop the leaderboard on No. 7. He hit his second shot from 190 yards to 9 feet and made the putt for birdie.

Todd took the lead back to himself on the next hole with a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth. Fowler answered with a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 9, making the turn with his third birdie and a share of the lead at 12 under. Todd pushed his own birdie chance just right of the hole.

Fowler took the lead to himself for the first time when Todd bogeyed No. 10 to start the back nine. Todd hit into the rough off the tee and couldnt sink a 13-footer to save par. Todd sunk a 15-footer for birdie on No. 12, taking back the lead when Fowler two-putted from 13 feet for bogey.

Todd hit his approach 166 yards to 3 feet on No. 13 for his shortest birdie putt of the day and a two-stroke lead. But Todd found the water just short of the green on the par-3 14th and threw his hat in disgust at his shot. A bogey dropped him to 12 under.

He made up for it with a 16-foot birdie putt on the par-5 No. 16 for a two-stroke lead again. But he couldnt get up and down from the rough off the fringe of the green on No. 17 for his fourth bogey.

Tom Lewis tied the course record with a 61. He was tied for 10th at 6 under.

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  • First Published: August 2, 2020, 3:47 AM IST
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