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Closing birdie lifts Schenk into PGA lead at Las Vegas

American Adam Schenk, chasing his first US PGA Tour victory, birdied three of the last four holes to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the Shriners Children’s Open.

World number 207 Schenk, never better than fourth in 118 career PGA events, sank a birdie from just inside eight feet at the par-4 18th to fire a five-under par 66.

“It was nice to finish off with a birdie,” Schenk said. “Great day. I couldn’t have shot many shots lower.”

That left him on 18-under 195 for 54 holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, good enough for a one-stroke lead over countryman Matthew Wolff, last year’s US Open runner-up.

Americans Sam Burns, Chad Ramey and Andrew Putnam shared third on 197.

Schenk answered a bogey at the par-3 fifth with three birdies in a row to close the front nine, then rolled in birdies from three feet at 15 and 17 feet at 16 to share the lead, setting the stage for his clutch final swing.

“I’m definitely going to have to drive it a lot straighter tomorrow,” Schenk said. “Just try and do the same things I’ve been doing. See what happens tomorrow but what a great opportunity.”

Wolff, 22, won his only PGA title at the 2019 3M Open but liked his chances in a Sunday…

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