Gary Woodland lost two strokes but still has the lead after 54 holes at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.
Woodland still shot a 5-under 66 and is 18-under for the tournament.
“I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position a lot the last couple years. I’m excited about my game. I’m going to rely on my game and trust it and go out and have fun. … I’m very comfortable with where my golf swing is, and I’m going to rely on it and run it out.”
Woodland is looking for his first PGA title since winning twice in 2013. After playing the first 51 holes without a bogey, he struck a double-bogey on No. 15 to give away a pair of strokes.
He’ll have to hold off Pat Perez on Sunday. Perez rang up a dazzling 62, playing the front nine in just 29 strokes, including an eagle on the par-5 No 5. It’s Perez’s strongest showing following shoulder surgery. He is one stroke back at 17-under.
“I was real comfortable,” Perez said. “I woke up, and I just felt good. I was comfortable on the range. I’ve just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens. It’s really worked. I’ve been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt.”
Six other players are within five strokes of the lead going to Sunday with Scott Piercy at 16-under.