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Swede's late surge forges 3-way tie

Jonas Blixt hits from the tee at No. 16 amid a run of six birdies on his final seven holes, giving him a total of 19-under 194.

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Jonas Blixt hits from the tee at No. 16 amid a run of six birdies on his final seven holes, giving him a total of 19-under 194.

LAS VEGAS — Jonas Blixt birdied six of the last seven holes Saturday for 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Ryan Moore and Brendon de Jonge in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Moore shot bogey-free 65, and de Jonge birdied four of the last five for 66 to match Blixt at 19-under 194 in the PGA Tour's fall series opener at TPC Summerlin.

"(Saturday) was just a good solid day," Moore said. "I didn't do anything amazing, but at the same time I just did what I've been doing this whole week, just put it in play, gave myself a bunch of wedges, 9-irons into greens, and was able to convert a bunch of my reasonable birdie chances."

Moore, a former UNLV player who lives in Las Vegas, won the 2009 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Blixt of Sweden and de Jonge of Zimbabwe are winless.

The three leaders played in the same group.

"It was great," Blixt said. "They're both great guys, was very relaxed out there, and I just had a good time. Then they ran away a little bit, and then I got lucky, I got hot in the end and made some putts and was able to catch them in the end there. I'm really looking forward to (today."

Moore shot 61 for the first-round lead, then slipped a stroke behind Blixt and de Jonge on Friday.

"It's nice playing next to guys that are playing well and making putts," Moore said. "Sometimes it makes that hole look even bigger when you see them just keep dropping. That's what was happening, especially on the back nine (Saturday)."

CHAMPIONS: Steve Pate and Fred Funk shot 3-under 69 to share the second-round lead at 8-under 134 in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. Funk, the Insperity Championship winner in May for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour, birdied four of the last seven holes.

PGA Europe: Branden Grace shot 3-under 69 at Carnoustie for a four-stroke lead at 20-under 196 heading into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps, playing with pro partner Paul Casey, failed to make the cut.

Swede's late surge forges 3-way tie 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 10:34pm]

    

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