Stewart Cink wasn’t spectacular Saturday like he was on Thursday and Friday. Starting the day with a five shot cushion, he didn’t need to go low like he did with the 63s the first two days. He just needed to be consistent. And that he was with a two under par 69 that allowed him to maintain a five shot advantage over his nearest pursuer, Collin Morikawa.
Cink recorded only three birdies Saturday, but also just one bogey, his second since his first hole on Thursday. That came at the third when he missed a short par putt. But he bounced back nicely from that.
Cink rolled in a 23 foot putt for birdie at the par-three fourth, and followed that up with a birdie at five with a blast out of the greenside bunker to within six feet. He rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on the par-three 14th.
Cink is 18 under par after three rounds and his 195 total is a tournament record for 54 holes, just as his 36 hole total of 126 was a record.
Morikawa will play with Cink Sunday afternoon in the final pairing after firing a four under 67 to move alone into second place.
Russell Henley had a 67 and now leads the state contingent at seven under. Dustin Johnson and Lucas Glover are at five under Wesley Bryan goes into the final round at four under par, and Matthew Nesmith will start Sunday at minus three.