Sebastian Munoz of Colombia played alongside Carlos Ortiz of Mexico and it was just like their days as teammates at the University of North Texas.
The 26-year-old Munoz, who has won three times as a pro but not on the PGA Tour, shot 9-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Ortiz heading to the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson https://www.ccjackson.com in Jackson, Miss.
“It was fun because we both played well,” said Munoz, who tied for seventh last week in A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier. “We had good vibes from the beginning. I got off to a great start with three birdies in a row, then Carlos got hot, and I had a little extra run on the back nine.
“I feel like I’m playing well and the momentum carried over to from last week. I’m close (to winning) again going to Sunday.”
Munoz, whose biggest victory came in the 2016 Club Colombia Championship on what was then the Web.com Tour, collected five birdies on the front nine and added four coming home to record a 54-hole score of 16-under 200.
Ortiz, 28, who won three times on the Web.com Tour, highlighted his bogey-free 65 with a 19-foot eagle putt at No. 11 while playing the first six holes of the back nine in 5-under.
Munoz and Ortiz will play together again in the final group on Sunday.
Byeong Hun An of South Korea, the 36-hole leader after rounds of 66-66, shot 70 after two late bogeys and is two shots back in third, followed another shot down by Cameron Percy of Australia, who sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole en route to a 68.
Harris English, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, posted a 68 with three birdies down the stretch and is four behind in a tie for fifth with Sungjae Im of South Korea and Dominic Bozzelli, who both had 70s, and J.T. Poston, who finished at 70.
Two-time major champion Zach Johnson holed an 11-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to cap a 68 and is six behind in a tie for 10th with Robert Streb, who wound up at 69, and rookie Scottie Scheffler, who came in at 72.
Defending champion Cameron Champ of Sacramento shot 69 and in a tie for 25th that includes 2012 winner Scott Stallings, who had a 71, while 2016 champ Peter Malnati is tied for 38th after a 70, and 2010 champion Bill Haas totaled 70 and is tied for 44th.
Joaquin Niemann of Chile, who won last week at the Greenbrier, struggled to a second straight 73 and is tied for 63rd.
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