Bae leads Open

A five birdie hot-streak and a late flourish on the last two holes saw Sang-Moon Bae open a four shot lead in round three of the Open in California on Saturday.

Bae carded consecutive birdies on holes two to six before a bogey on the seventh. He hit another bogey on the 13th hole but finished strongly with birdies on the 15th and 18th holes and an eagle on the 17th.

The South Korean described the day’s play as “fun” and “easy” and was confident that he could continue his good form on Sunday.

”It’s a good score. A four-shot lead makes me a little comfortable for Sunday, but I don’t think about a win,” he told

”(There are)so many good players behind me. The PGA Tour is always competitive every day, so I don’t play just safe sometimes and aggressive sometimes.

“I need a really, really good combination. I putted really good this week, so it will be good (on Sunday) too.”

Bae carded a seven-under 65 on Saturday and currently leads on 16-under. His only previous PGA Tour victory came at last year’s Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas.

The USA’s Zachary Blair is second on 12-under after his 69 on Saturday, while four players are tied for third and trailing Blair by a shot.

Matt Kuchar carded a 66, while Brook’s Koepka finished on 67, Scott Langley posted 69 and Martin Laird carded 71.

Retief Goosen, Hunter Mahan, Hiecki Matsuyama and David Lingmerth share seventh place on 10-under.