The American Henley opens leadership; Muñoz ranks tenth

The American Henley opens leadership;  Muñoz ranks tenth

(EFE) .- American golfer Russell Henley climbed two places and this Saturday became the new provisional leader of the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek tournament of the PGA Tour with three strokes of advantage, by completing the third round and delivering a signed card of 67 hits (-5) that gave him 201 (-15).

Former leader Xander Schauffele is among four players who share second place with a mark of 204 strokes (-12).

Schauffele completed the round at Shadow Creek Golf Course, in Las Vegas (Nevada), with a record of 74 strokes (+2), the worst he has had so far this tournament.

While the 31-year-old Henley was safe all the way and finished it perfect with five birdies, including three in a row that he managed at the start of the second half of the game.

Two other American players Ryan Palmer and Bubba Watson, both with records of 65 strokes (-7), were the ones who had the best performance of the day, which allowed them to overcome 27 and 23 places, respectively, in the general classification.

Colombian Sebastián Muñoz emerged as the best Latin American golfer by completing the day with an excellent record of 67 strokes (-5) that allowed him to climb 10 places in the general classification and place himself in tenth place with the sum of 208 impacts (-8 ).

Three other players, led by Watson, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy also shared tenth place with Muñoz.

The 27-year-old golfer from Bogotá completed a perfect round with five birdies, including four that he achieved in the first half of the round in which he had a series of two in a row (holes 6 and 7).

The young Chilean Joaquín Niemann and the Spanish Jon Rahm also improved their ranking by one place by placing 14th in the standings after delivering signed cards of 69 strokes (-3) and adding 209 (-7).

Niemann finished the round with five birdies and two bogeys, both harvested in the second half of the game, after being perfect in the first with four birdies.

While Rahm lived the opposite experience of Niemann with a first half of the course in which he made a birdie and committed a double bogey on the 8th hole, in the second he was perfect with two birdies and achieved an eagle on the 16th.

Along with Niemann and Rahm, the American Harry Higgs and the English Matthew Fitzpatrick also share the same position in the classification.

The Mexican Abraham Ancer lost two places in the classification by going down to the twenty-eighth, which he shares with four other players, by adding 212 strokes (-4) after delivering a signed card of 70 (-2).

The Spanish Sergio García also lost 13 places that cost him to go down to the thirty-third with 213 hits (-3) by delivering a signed card of 72 hits (even).

While Mexican Carlos Ortiz finished in 42nd place after losing nine in the standings by delivering a signed card of 72 strokes (even) and added 215 (-1).

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