Smith in the mix at Texas Open golf

Smith in the mix at Texas Open golf

Ryan Palmer, a native Texan familiar with playing in strong wind, had the best round of the day, a four-under par 68 that jumped him into a tie for third. He had just one birdie in the entire round, on par-3 16th. He finally grabbed a share of the lead on the par-5 18th, after nailing his third shot to within five feet and sinking a birdie putt to finish off his round of 65.

The 30-year-old Chappell opened the day with a one-shot lead, but he had to fight off bomber Brooks Koepka down the stretch.

"That was brutal", Grace said. His day was relatively uneventful until the 14th when he got his first birdie of the round.

"I just needed to find a rhythm", Chappell said. I love the golf course, love what it provides.

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Queenslander Smith, 23, carded a third-round 73 with three bogeys and two birdies to drop slightly down the leaderboard, sitting tied-fourth behind Kevin Chappell, two shots back.

NOTES: There have not been multiple leaders at the Valero Texas Open after 54 holes since 1993 when Jay Haas, Bob Lohr, Tom Lehman and Dan Forsman shared the lead at Oak Hills.

Chappell will be hoping for a solid start when the final round gets underway and the overnight leader spoke about his delight at being able to turn his performance on Saturday around.

"I really wanted to go for it - I really wanted to", Koepka said. "I've had experience here before with the winds, so I brought my mental game and my patience and it paid off".

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John Huh, who was paired with Chappell for the final round, struggled with a five-over 77 to finish in a five-way tie for 22nd place at two under. He also missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the drivable par-4 17th.

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Kuboya started the final round six strokes off the lead but made up ground on Sunday with seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the Chiba Country Club in Noda, Japan.

Laird looked confident when he birdied the second, but he bogeyed three of the next four holes and laboured to a three-over 75 to close on three under par.

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