Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown teamed up for an 8-under 64 on Saturday and will head into the finale of the Zurich Classic with a one-stroke lead at 20-under par.
Kisner and Brown, who lost in a playoff last season, offset two bogeys with 10 birdies, including four over the first five holes, and a final one on the 18th.
“I mean, obviously we’re a little more aggressive in this format, hence some of the shots we took on today,” said Brown.
“Alternate shot, I mean, you’re just trying to hit a bunch of greens and give the guy looks. You’re trying to make it really easy and not stressful or anything.
“We did that last year here in the third round and we played great. I think we shot 5-under alternate shot. Hopefully we can do something very similar tomorrow.”
One back at 19 under was the team of Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays, who birdied hole Nos. 14, 15, 16, and 17 en route to a bogey-free 9-under 63.
“We had four birdies in a row I feel like on some of the tougher holes on the golf course,” said Finau. “We just ham and egged it really nicely. You know, I birdied 14, he birdied 15, I birdied 16, 17.
“So to me, the momentum-changing part about our round was on 10. I hit it out of play and he made a clutch birdie. That kept the momentum going for us when we really needed it.
“Kept me in it for a couple of holes that I didn’t have my best stuff.”
Overnight leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam posted a third-day 66 to join Finau and Summerhays at T2.
Brice Garnett and Chesson Hadley shot a bogey-free 61 which included seven birdies over the first nine holes and four more on the closing nine to reach 18 under, one clear of three teams at T5, including Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy (61), Jason Dufner and Pat Perez (61), and Brendon de Jonge and Troy Merrit.
The South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel headline a group of six teams at 62.
TOP 10 LEADERS
1. Kisner/Brown -20
2. Finau/Summerhays -19
2. Kim/Putnam -19
4. Garnett/Hadley -18
5. Dufner/Perez -17
5. Horschel/Piercy -17
5. de Jonge/Merrit -17
8. Oosthuizen/Schwartzel -16
8. Knox/Laird -16
8. Fleetwood/Paisley -16
8. Schenk/Duncan -16
8. Van Aswegen/Goosen -16
8. Henry/Hoge -16
“Yeah, we had a chance to probably run away a little bit and we just couldn’t ever get two balls in good position on the back nine. Still leading the golf tournament. Feel good.”
– Kevin Kisner
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