Henley shoots 67 to lead CJ Cup, McIlroy seven back

By Sports Desk October 17, 2020

Russell Henley leads The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek by three strokes after impressing in the third round.

Henley carded a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to move top of the leaderboard through 54 holes in Nevada on Saturday.

A three-time PGA Tour champion but without a win since 2017, Henley tallied five birdies, including three in a row from the 10th hole.

Henley now holds a 54-hole lead/co-lead for the third time on Tour – the American has converted one of those instances into a victory via the 2013 Sony Open.

At 15 under, Henley enters the final round ahead of Lanto Griffin (66), Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Xander Schauffele (74).

Schauffele was the overnight leader having surged top of the standings by three shots, but the four-time PGA Tour winner lost ground on the penultimate day following two birdies and four bogeys.

Defending champion and two-time winner Justin Thomas is five strokes off the pace after rising two positions on the back of his four-under-par 68.

Thomas – who leads the Tour in fall victories (four) since the wraparound schedule started in 2013-14, no other player has more than two in that span – is tied for sixth alongside former world number one Jason Day (66) and Tyrrell Hatton (73).

Day is playing for his 13th Tour victory and first since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy posted a third-round 66 to catapult himself into a share of 10th, seven strokes behind Henley.

McIlroy birdied his final three holes to improve to eight under overall, alongside Bubba Watson (65), Sebastian Munoz (67) and Hideki Matsuyama (70), while Jon Rahm (69) is a stroke further back.

Brooks Koepka – playing for the first time following a two-month injury layoff due to hip and knee issues which forced him to miss the FedEx Cup play-offs and U.S. Open – is tied for 18th position.

Koepka's four-under-par 68 ensured he ended the round alongside the likes of Rickie Fowler (68) and Viktor Hovland (69).

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth (69), meanwhile, finds himself one over after three rounds.

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