Bae shoots 65, up by 4 at Silverado

Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea posted a 7-under-par 65 and took a four-stroke lead over Zachary Blair into the final round of the Open on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.

The 28-year-old Bae, who has won 13 times as a professional but only once on the PGA Tour, reeled off five consecutive birdies through No. 6, then added two birdies and a six-foot eagle putt at No. 17 on the back nine.

“So many good players behind me,” said Bae, who captured the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. “PGA Tour is always competitive every day, so I don’t play just safe sometimes and aggressive sometimes.

“I need a really, really good combination. I putted really good this week, so it will be good tomorrow, too.”

Blair, a 24-year-old rookie who graduated from BYU in the spring and finished second in the Tour Championship this summer, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to grab solo second with a 69.

Matt Kuchar, two weeks removed from the Ryder Cup, carded a bogey-free 66 that included a six-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole and was five shots back in a tie for third with Brooks Koepka (67), Scott Langley (69) and 36-hole leader Martin Laird of Scotland (71).


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