It was the Jordan Spieth show for most of day during Saturday's third round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
Spieth shot a 5-under-par 65 on Saturday to close at 12-under 198 to take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.
Ryan Palmer of Colleyville and Webb Simpson are tied for second at 199. Palmer shot a 66 and Simpson closed with a 67.
“Very pleased with the round. I felt like I struck the ball well, got off to a good start again and then short game really kept me in it in the middle of the round,” Spieth said. “My scrambling was kind of the key to the day today and hopefully hit some more fairways tomorrow and make those aggressive swings that I took advantage of when I did hit the fairways.”
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Despite a bogey on the 18th hole, his first bogey in 29 holes, Spieth was still in control and looked the part in front of an energetic gallery.
“I feel really good about my game. All parts of it,” Spieth said. “I’m going to stick to the basics, keep my posture, very disciplined in my setup alignment and posture and make confident swings, knowing that we have hit great shots all week.”
Palmer, who is a Colonial member, has shot 66, 67 and 66 through three rounds. He’ll be playing in the final group with Spieth on Sunday. They tee off at 1 p.m.
“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,” Palmer said. “And it worked out. I’m very excited. Jordan’s a pretty good friend of mine.
“I’m looking forward to, even though I’m 15 years older, maybe learning something. It’s going to be a blast. I can’t wait.”
Spieth, a Dallas resident, has not won a PGA Tour event in his native Texas, but owns runner-up finishes at Colonial in 2015, Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open.
“We expect a large following all rooting kind of for both of us to play well to try and finish with a lot of really, really good players right behind,” Spieth said. “What’s tough about Colonial is, at least in the lead, is the first couple of holes, 1 and 2, yield a lot of birdies.
“So there’s a good chance by the time I tee off, I’m not leading anymore. And that’s sometimes difficult to then settle into a nice rhythm.”
Simpson is making his first start at Colonial since 2010, having missed the cut in both prior appearances (2009 and 2010).
Fort Worth resident Martin Piller posted a third-round 68 to fall from a share of the second-round lead to tie for fourth with Kyle Reifers, two strokes behind Spieth.