PGA Tour rookies Russell Henley and Scott Langley will play one more round together at the Sony Open, this time with a trophy and a Masters invitation at stake.
Henley two-putted from 30 feet for birdie on the last hole for a 3-under 67. That gave him a share of the lead with Langley, who had a 65. They set the tournament scoring record through 54 holes at 17-under 193 and had a three-shot lead over Tim Clark.
Henley and Langley each have a chance to become the first rookies to win in their PGA Tour debut since Garrett Willis at the 2001 Tucson Open.
Clark made birdie on the 18th hole for a 66. Otherwise, the final group would have had three rookies. Scott Gardiner was another shot back.
DURBAN, South Africa
Scott Jamieson of Scotland had a 4-under 68 and took a five-shot lead in the Volvo Champions, while Louis Oosthuizen faded in the third round at Durban Country Club on Saturday.
Jamieson began the day a stroke behind the former British Open champion, but finished with a 15-under total to lead Oosthuizen (74), Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (73) and Julien Quesne of France (67).
Padraig Harrington (67) and Francesco Molinari (68) were another two strokes back in the event for European Tour winners.
Jamieson won his first European Tour title a month ago in the season-opening Nelson Mandela Championship. Now he’s one round away from earning the “Durban Double.
“It’s been another great day. While I didn’t play as well as I did the first two days, especially yesterday from tee to green, I managed to score well, which is the main thing,” Jamieson said. “So I’m delighted to be in the position I’m in.
“The experience of winning the Nelson Mandela in a playoff under the extreme pressure with a first European Tour title on the line gave me a lot of confidence that I’ve taken into this week.”
Jamieson had an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole after landing the ball 5 feet from the hole with a 5-iron for 198 yards. He also birdied three straight holes from the 11th.
For three days, Jamieson has competed against some of the bigger names in golf.
He played the first round with Harrington and finished a shot ahead of the Irishman. On day two, he was six shots better than Thomas Bjorn, and was six strokes better Saturday than crowd favorite Oosthuizen, who had four bogeys on the front nine.
“You always have your eye out, comparing yourself to them,” Jamieson said. “But yeah, I managed to beat them through the week, so that was nice.”