GREENSBORO, US: Nick Watney fired a five-under par 65 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to take a one-stroke lead over Brad Fritsch after three rounds of the US PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.
Watney, who won the last of his five US PGA Tour titles at the 2012 Barclays, had a 54-hole total of 14-under par 196 at Sedgefield Country Club.
Canada’s Fritsch, who also signed for a 65, was a stroke back on 197.
Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson fired a 66 to join overnight co-leader Heath Slocum on 198. Slocum slipped back with a two-under 68.
Slocum needs a third-place finish in the US tour’s final regular-season tournament to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs, which start next week with the Barclays.
Scott Langley, who was tied with Slocum after 36 holes, managed a one-under 69 and slipped into a tie for fifth on 199.
Brandt Snedeker, the 2007 champion, and 2011 winner Webb Simpson both shot 66s to join Langley.
After two birdies in the first nine holes, Watney added three more birdies coming home, capping his round with a birdie at 18 that took him past early pacesetter Fritsch.
Fritsch also played without a bogey, his round highlighted by an eagle two at the par-four eighth.
Fritsch goes into the weekend seeking his first US tour title—and a rise from 163rd in the FedEx Cup standings into the top 125 who advance to the playoff series.