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Late surge puts Spieth in control at Glen Oaks

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    Late surge puts Spieth in control at Glen Oaks

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Jordan Spieth has a 3-shot lead after three rounds of the Northern Trust
Jordan Spieth has a 3-shot lead after three rounds of the Northern Trust

Photo: Andrew Redington, Getty Images

Late surge puts Spieth in control at Glen Oaks

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Jordan Spieth needed only three holes to leave a strong cast of challengers wondering what it’s going to take to catch him in the Northern Trust at Old Westbury, N.Y.

Spieth ran off three straight birdies on the back nine at Glen Oaks Club and finished with a pair of pars for a 6-under-par 64, matching the low score of the tournament and building a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

It was the second straight day that Spieth filled his card with birdies on the easier back nine at Glen Oaks — a 30 on Friday, a 31 on Saturday.

Johnson, his regular partner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, failed to take advantage until he stuffed his approach into 4 feet on the 18th hole for a birdie and a 67 to narrow the gap and get into the final group with Spieth.

Spieth was at 12-under 198, and his reputation — even for a 24-year-old in his fifth year on the PGA Tour — is as daunting as the size of his lead. Spieth has a 9-5 record with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, including nine of his last 10.

LPGA Tour: Brooke Henderson made a big move in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to the delight of her many home fans at Ottawa, Ontario.

The 19-year-old major champion from nearby Smiths Falls shot an 8-under 63 to get into contention at Ottawa Hunt, finishing before the most of the other leaders even teed off.

A day after birdieing the par-5 18th to make the weekend cut on the number, Henderson had eight birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 7 under — leaving her three strokes behind third-round leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin.

Larsen, an LPGA Tour rookie from Denmark, birdied two of the last three holes for a 66. Martin birdied the final two holes for a 67. The American won the 2014 Women’s British Open for her lone tour title.

Second-round leader In Gee Chun was a stroke back after a 70. Cristie Kerr (68) and Mirim Lee (66) were 8 under.

Champions Tour: Jerry Kelly shot a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., putting him in position for his first PGA Tour Champions title. Tied for the first-round lead with Australian David McKenzie, Kelly saved par with a 12-foot putt on the par-5 18th at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to remain 13 under.

Billy Mayfair (65) and Jerry Smith (66) were tied for second.

European Tour: John Daly rolled back the years with a 6-under 65 on a day of low scoring in Farso to sit three shots off the lead after the third round. The two-time major winner birdied four of his first eight holes, and slipped up only on the 16th, where his putt up the hill rolled back to his feet.

England’s David Horsey led the field by two shots after the low round of the day, 64.

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