Red-Hot Spieth Takes Lead at Houston

Jordan Spieth continued his run of ridiculous golf on Saturday, firing a 5-under 67 to take the lead after 54 holes at the Shell Houston Open.

Spieth has finished first and second in his last two events and is a week shy of the one-year anniversary of finishing second at The Masters.

His best highlight on Saturday was a 41-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to reach 14-under. Only a bogey on 14 kept Spieth from a flawless day, but considering he sandwiched four birdies in the six holes around it, he’ll survive.

He holds a 1-stroke lead over Johnson Wagner, Scott Piercy, and Austin Cook. Piercy led after Day One with a course-record 63, fell back to a 74 on Friday, then rebounded with a 66 on Saturday that tied Wagner for the lowest score of the round.

Cook, who was 11-under through two rounds, was in position to take the overall lead after going 3-under on the front nine. However, his game unraveled with a bogey on No. 12 and a double on 15.

Eleven players are at least 10 strokes under par and thus within four strokes of the lead heading to Sunday’s final round.

Not among them are Day Two leader Andrew Putnam, who backslid to a tie for 18th with a 4-over 76, and Phil Mickelson, who struggled to a 75 to drop from second to 18th.

Mickelson put his tee shot in the water on No. 5 to wind up with a double bogey, but was back to even par after a birdie on 13 before bogeying four of the next five holes.

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