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Spieth, Furyk make move

Associated Press



FORT WORTH, Texas — If Jordan Spieth thinks a winless streak approaching two years seems like forever, he might want to check with fellow major winner Jim Furyk.

Both have a chance to end droughts at Colonial — if they can overtake third-round leader Kevin Na.

Na settled for a 1-under 69 a day after going low at Colonial again, taking a two-shot lead at 9 under Saturday over a group that included the local favorite in Spieth and Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion who hasn’t won in four years.

“I’m not really looking at it as like the glass is half empty, the hourglass has almost run out of sand,” said the 49-year-old Furyk, who has just one of his 17 PGA Tour victories in the past nine years but was second at the Players Championship in March. “This year has been kind of a new lease on life.”

Furyk, winless since 2015 at Hilton Head, matched the 68 of Spieth, whose last victory was his third major title at the 2017 British Open. Joining them at 7 under was C.T. Pan, who was tied with Na before bogeys on the final two holes. Pan settled for a 68 as well.

First-round leader Tony Finau (71) fell into the group at 7 under with a bogey on 18 after hitting his driver into the water. Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot his second 74 in three rounds and is 5 over.

Na recovered from a double bogey at the par-5 11th that cost him the lead, steadying himself over the final seven holes. His 62 in the second round was his third at least that low over a span of six rounds at Colonial.

After hitting driver into a bunker at 11, Na’s second shot caught the lip of the bunker as he turned in frustration because a fan’s cellphone went off during his swing. Caddy Kenny Harms lambasted the woman, and Na said he was upset until he saw the horrified look on her face.

“He was screaming at her, and he has every right to do so,” Na said. “I felt bad for the lady. So I said, ‘C’mon Kenny. Let’s forget about it. Let’s just go.’”

Only problem was, Na couldn’t seem to shake it. His third shot landed in a greenside bunker, and the fourth sailed over the green. A chip shot still didn’t reach the green, before another chip lipped out.