After 54 holes of golf at TPC Twin Cities, Cameron Tringale leads the 3M Open by one shot over a Maverick McNealy and Gary Woodland.
Tringale, who entered the third round three shots off the pace, carded a bogey-free 66, which included three birdies and one eagle, en route to a 12-under par.
“Yeah. Generally, got off to a nice start, birdied the first two. Then played solid through the middle of the round,” said Tringale.
“Hit a couple bad iron shots and had to scramble kind of mid round and really just putted well all day. I drove it pretty well and gave myself some looks that I capitalized on.
“I really just saved my tail quite a few times with the putter.”
Woodland, who will be paired with Tringale in Sunday’s final group, overcame a double bogey on the first hole with six birdies, including five in a six-hole stretch on Nos. 2-7, to sign for a 67 and reach 11-under par.
“I knew I was playing well and I misjudged a wedge out of the first cut on the first hole,” said Woodland, who is seeking his first win since 2019.
“Every ball jumped and that one came out spinny, came out in the bunker and then I was short-sided and tried to get cute and I bladed it over the green. All in all I had a great warmup.
“Yesterday I didn’t feel very good on the golf course, just didn’t feel very comfortable and it was the best round I played in a year and a half.
“So I had a lot of confidence with a good warmup today, so that’s what I told myself on 2, and I hit a great drive on 2 and really got momentum going and played solid all day. I hit a bad drive on 18, but outside of that, I played really, really well today.”
The 2019 U.S. Open winner was joined in the second spot by Maverick McNealy, who posted a three-birdie round of 68.
“You know, I felt really good about my game for a while,” said McNealy. “I’ve been driving it awesome, especially the last month and a half.
“I think that’s a combination of working with Butch Harmon, he’s got me swinging it great; my trainer back in Vegas, Jimmy Greathouse, body’s healthy and stronger than I’ve ever been.
“I just feel great. And then honestly, since I put this new driver, this Epic Speed driver in January, I feel like I can swing as hard as I can and it’s not going to go offline.”
Major winners Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jimmy Walker (68) were among eight players tied for fourth on 10-under par, one clear of a foursome tied for 12th, and two ahead of six players deadlocked at 8-under par, which included Louis Oosthuizen (69).
Third-Round Leaderboard: Top-10
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Cameron Tringale -12 (-5)
2. Maverick McNealy -11 (-3)
2. Gary Woodland -11 (-4)
4. Pat Perez -10 (-5)
4. Cam Champ -10 (-4)
4. Charl Schwartzel -10 (-3)
4. Jimmy Walker -10 (-3)
4. Roger Sloan -10 (-1)
4. Jhonattan Vegas -10 (-1)
4. Chez Reavie -10 (-1)
4. Ryan Armour -10 (E)
PGA Tour Media press releases, post-round notes, transcripts, and statistics were used to compile this report.