Bae in control in California

Bae Sang-moon and Keegan BradleySang-Moon Bae (4/7 favourite tournament outright) will take a four stroke lead into the final day of the Open following a brilliant third round of 65 in California.

The South Korean made a brilliant start at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, making five birdies from the second onwards before dropping strokes at the seventh and 13th to drop back towards the field.

However, he regained his composure to pick up five shots in his final four holes, including a 15-footer from the fringe at the last to move to 16-under for the tournament going in the final day.

America’s Zachary Blair is currently second on the leaderboard after firing a third round 69 ahead of a group of four players including Matt Kuchar (7/1 second favourite tournament outright) and overnight leader Martin Laird on 11-under.

It looks like Bae’s tournament to lose and he will surely be confident of landing his second PGA Tour crown following his previous victory in last year’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.

However, the 28-year-old insists he is not getting carried away by his current advantage in California and insists there is still plenty of work to do on Sunday.

“It’s a good score,” Bae said. “Four-shot lead makes me a little comfortable for Sunday, but I don’t think about a win.”

“So many good players behind me. The PGA Tour is always competitive every day, so I don’t play just safe sometimes and aggressive sometimes. I need a really, really good combination. I putted really good this week, so it will be good (today), too.”

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