GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed began the third round of the Wyndham Championship with a one-stroke advantage.
Now that he’s tied at the top with John Huh and eight other players are within two shots of the lead, he’s treating the final round like a Monday qualifier.
“I had a lot of success at Monday qualifiers, and that’s basically what it is,’’ said Reed, who shot 1-over-par 71 on Saturday. “I let everybody back in the field and to now, all of a sudden to have it as bunched as it is, it’s going to be whoever can make as many birdies as possible tomorrow and shoot a low number.”
Reed and Huh, who shot even-par 70 on Saturday, are at 10-under 200.
Zach Johnson had the day’s best round – 66 – and is one stroke back along with Bob Estes and John Deere winner Jordan Spieth. Estes shot 68, and Spieth had 70.
There weren’t many of those during a rainy day at a Sedgefield Country Club course with challenging pin placements.
Reed, a 23-year-old PGA Tour rookie, looked as if he might be in trouble after a pair of bogeys midway through the round dropped him two strokes behind Spieth.
Then he got hot.
The turning point, Reed said, was a strong drive on the par-4 14th that eventually set up his 20-foot birdie putt.
He followed that with shots on the next two holes that left him with birdie putts of 5 feet that he sank.
Reed was inches from a fourth consecutive birdie when his putt on the 17th trickled past the cup, and he slipped to 10-under when his par putt on the 18th went inches wide.
Huh, the PGA Tour’s reigning rookie of the year, refused to let tough conditions – and one terrible hole – get him down. He shook off a triple bogey on his second hole, making up for it with three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.
“I told myself, ‘Be patient, stay dry and keep grinding out there,’” Huh said.
Huh began the day a stroke back after 62 in the second round. His 7 on the second caused him to plummet down the leaderboard, but he followed that with 10 consecutive pars before a birdie binge.
Johnson was one of the few players who didn’t seem to struggle much on this soggy day, with five birdies during a round that was bogey free until the last hole.
The 2007 Masters champion began the day at 5 under – six strokes behind Reed, but methodically pushed his way up the leaderboard during the round. Then, he surged to the top with two birdies in a four-hole span of the back nine.
He placed his approach shot on the par-4 14th roughly 15 feet from the flagstick and sank that putt to move to 10 under. A three-putt on the 18th for bogey dropped him back.
“Frankly, for 17 holes, I didn’t look like I was going to sniff a bogey,” Johnson said. “For the most part, it was solid from hole 1 to hole 18.”