Knuth caught 8 birdies, 5 of the first nine holes, and then bogeyed on the 12th hole to hold on, matching McNealy with a score of 14 under par. The second-round leader McNealy swallowed four bogeys on the first nine holes, then caught three birdies and shot 70.
Ten other people, including Phil Mickelson (67), 4 shots behind when entering the final round.
On a cool, sometimes windy day, the leader changed hands many times, and Knuth made up for an unbalanced day of teeing with a stable, consistent iron play, which kept him in good shape on the green. The 31-year-old player only needs 22 putts from 69 feet to get to the forefront of the team.
“Puts are hot on the last nine holes,” Knuth said, who has not won on the tour since his debut on this court in 2019. “I just tend to see good breaks here. Many of them have big swings. You can use your imagination. This is how I like putting, so I can put some good Putter.”
Knous made an 8-foot birdie putt from the green on the 18th hole.
“My caddy and I read very well,” Knuth said. “It will take a little rest at the end. Put a good shot on it, perfect speed, and then you will be fine.”
McNealy entered the day’s race with a lead, but fell three strokes behind after struggling with his driver on the first nine holes.
When McNealy began to roll, he led the middle of the last nine holes by 2 strokes. He made a 22-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole, another birdie putt on the 16th hole, and two birdie putts on the last two holes.
“This is a crazy day,” McNealy said, as Knus is seeking his first tournament victory. “I remember hitting a good tee with a multi-function iron on the 12th hole. Everything seemed to slow down and calmed down for me. I started to see the lines on the putter.”
Although he swallowed the first of four bogeys on the first nine holes, McNealy appeared to have injured his right wrist from a tree well on the 3rd hole, but he still insisted on participating in the game.
“[I] Fortunately, I did not try to swing at full power because I cut the ball sideways and a softball-sized rock came out from under the ball,” McNealy said. “I stabbed my wrist a bit.I’m really glad I didn’t pursue that completely because I told [my caddie] I will go out for a year. “
Mickelson played his best round and caught five birdies in a row on the back nine holes. The 51-year-old PGA Championship champion went to the putting green immediately after completing a round.
Mickelson said: “I think I blocked a few putts, I just want to work hard for it.”
Webb Simpson After hitting 65, he was also 10 under par. The 2012 US Open champion caught 8 birdies-3 more than the previous two rounds combined.