Walker stretches lead in Texas

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SAN ANTONIO: Hometown hope Jimmy Walker fired six birdies in a three-under-par 69 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to stretch his lead in the US PGA Tour Texas Open to four strokes.

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Walker, who lives just a half-hour’s drive from TPC San Antonio, had a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 207 and a comfortable cushion over rising US star Jordan Spieth.

Spieth, the 21-year-old who also hails from Texas, carded a one-under 71 for 211.

He was two strokes in front of last season’s FedEx Cup playoff champion Billy Horschel, who birdied the last three holes in a 71 for 213.

Walker, who captured his fourth PGA Tour title at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year, started the day with a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley.

He closed his round with back-to-back birdies, chipping to seven feet at 17 and draining a 10-footer at the last, and was pleased with his effort on another tough, windy day.

“It was a tough day today. It blew really hard again,out of the south today. So I know it’s a windy golf course, but it’s still tough,” Walker said.

Spieth, who started the day two shots adrift, gained ground with four birdies in a five-hole span on the front nine and was tied for the lead through 13 holes.

AFP

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