Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under-par 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge in LaQuinta, Calif.
Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.
After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12, and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West’s Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.
Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.
Jon Rahm had a 70 to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys — three on par 3s.
Champions — Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par, and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly. He bogeyed the 16th hole to give Montgomerie the lead but then took advantage of Montgomerie's poor drive on the 18th.
Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back.
European — Rory McIlroy fired a 7-under 65 in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates to sit one shot behind leaders Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy is 16-under 200 overall with the former world No. 1 playing his first event since October.
England’s Fisher also shot a 65, while overnight leader Pieters added a 67 to reach 17-under 199 on a low-scoring day.
Asian — Masters champion Sergio Garcia made four early birdies to take the third-round lead at the Singapore Open as organizers rushed to finish the tournament on time after three days of weather delays. Garcia finished off his last four holes in 4-under for a 66 and a 54-hole total of 11-under 202. That gave Garcia the outright lead by a shot from joint halfway leader Chapchai Nirat, who bogeyed the 18th for a 68, and his fellow Thai pro golfer Danthai Boonma, who signed for a 65.