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Landry joins Scheffler to lead American Express

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Andrew Landry opened with a bang on Saturday, collecting six birdies in his first eight holes en route to a share of the lead with Scottie Scheffler through three rounds at The American Express in La Quinta, Calif.

Landry finished at 7-under 65 at PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, getting to 21-under 195 through 54 holes. Scheffler, who opened the day tied for the lead with Rickie Fowler, shot 6-under 66 at PGA West's Stadium Course, the most difficult of three courses in the rotation this week.

The two leaders sit four strokes ahead of Fowler, who shot 70 on the Stadium Course to hold third place alone.

Tied for fourth another stroke back are Ryan Moore (67 on Stadium) and Chase Seiffert (67 on Nicklaus). Three players are tied for sixth at 15 under: Andrew Putnam (65 on Stadium), Mexico's Abraham Ancer (66 on Stadium) and Denmark's Sebastian Cappelen (64 on La Quinta Country Club). A logjam of 11 players are at 14 under.

Landry opened on the back nine and immediately got hot, birdieing 10 and 11 before running off four straight starting at 14. The last of those was a long, curling putt of more than 30 feet.

The 32-year-old cooled off a bit after making the turn, but he notched two more birdies at Nos. 4 and 5 before his lone bogey at the par-3 seventh.

"Just kept on grinding it out," he said afterward. "It's been a heck of a week so far, with my ball striking -- and just kind of one day it's ball striking, the next day it's putting.

"... We'll just keep riding it out, see what happens tomorrow."

Landry finished as the runner-up to Spain's Jon Rahm at the event two years ago after falling in a playoff. He plans to draw on that experience in Sunday's final round, which will have all players on the Stadium Course.

"Nothing changes," said Landry, who claimed his only PGA Tour victory at the Valero Open in 2018. "I'm gonna continue to go out and have my same game plan I had a few years ago when I lost in a playoff, and just see what happens."

Scheffler was also very sharp Saturday, notching three birdies on each side of the card. The last was nearly an eagle, as his 164-yard approach at the par-4 15th rolled close and curled toward the cup before settling less than a foot away.

"I was kinda in between clubs, hit a good hard 9-iron nice and high," Scheffler said afterward. "It landed soft on the downslope and nestled up there close to the hole. So it was good."

The 23-year-old is looking for his first career PGA Tour victory after winning Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year honors last season.

Fowler had trouble getting started Saturday, notching two bogeys to sit 2 over through eight holes. He was sharp from there, adding four birdies with no bogeys down the stretch.

He'll join Landry and Scheffler in Sunday's final threesome.

Tournament host Phil Mickelson missed the cut by six strokes after shooting 71 on the Stadium Course, finishing at 3 under for the tournament.

Defending champion Adam Long also shot 71 on the Stadium Course and missed the cut, finishing at 6 under.

--Field Level Media

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