Jordan Spieth fired a second consecutive 66 to take the lead going into the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club. The 2016 Colonial champion’s drive on No. 18 landed in the thick rough down the right hand side, but he hit it to within 10 feet and birdied the final hole to close at 15-under and take a one shot lead over Jason Kokrak in front of a huge gallery for the entire round.
“This all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink out here is certainly maybe it’s a trial run, let’s put it that way. People seem to be taking advantage. But it’s nice to be feeling a lot of the hometown support when that’s the case,” Spieth said. “Yeah, it was a really good atmosphere out here. It’s crazy to think we were here one year ago with not a person following. What a difference a year makes and hopefully we can continue to progress that way across the world.”
Spieth will be looking for his second Colonial title and his second PGA TOUR win of the year following his triumph at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
“Colonial is a great setting for a good finish,” Spieth said. ” I’ve won here but I’ve had a couple times where I was standing on that fence and watching guys putt on 18 hoping for a miss to get into a playoff. Fortunately I can control my own destiny tomorrow.”
Kokrak had a string of four birdies in six holes as he roared back on the second nine to finish one shot back of Spieth with hopes of capturing his second win of the season following his first career PGA TOUR win earlier this season at the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Sergio Garcia, who captured his first PGA TOUR victory in the 2001 Colonial, sits alone in third at 10-under par, five shots behind Spieth.