LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonas Blixt, Brendon de Jonge and Ryan Moore left everyone else behind Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Blixt birdied six of the last seven holes for a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Moore and de Jonge — five strokes ahead of their closest rivals in the Fall Series opener at TPC Summerlin.
Moore had a bogey-free 65, and de Jonge birdied four of the last five for a 66 to match Blixt at 19 under.
"Today was just a good solid day," Moore said. "I didn't do anything amazing, but at the same time, I just did what I've been doing this whole week, just put it in play, gave myself a bunch of wedges, 9-irons into greens, and was able to convert a bunch of my reasonable birdie chances."
Moore, a former UNLV player who lives in Las Vegas, won the 2009 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Blixt, from Sweden, and de Jonge, from Zimbabwe, are winless on the tour.
The three leaders played in the same group.
"It was great today," Blixt said. "They're both great guys, was very relaxed out there, and I just had a good time. Then they ran away a little bit, and then I got lucky, I got hot in the end and made some putts and was able to catch them in the end there. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."
Moore shot a 61 to take the first-round lead, then slipped a stroke behind Blixt and de Jonge on Friday with a 68.
"It's nice playing next to guys that are playing well and making putts," Moore said. "Sometimes it makes that hole look even bigger when you see them just keep dropping. That's what was happening, especially on the back nine today. Both of them got rolling and made a bunch of birdies in a row, and I kind of threw in a couple here and there and kind of stayed there with them.
"They're both great guys to play with. I've played with Brendon quite a bit, but it was the first time I've played with Jonas. I enjoyed talking to him and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
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