Spieth leads in Houston

Jordan Spieth will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Shell Houston Open after shooting a five-under 67 in round three on Saturday.

The American carded six birdies and a single bogey to take his overall score to 14-under.

Scott Piercey, Jason Wagner and Austin Cook are tied for second on 13-under after shooting 66, 66 and 70 respectively on Saturday.

Shawn Stefani closes out an all-USA top five, after carding a carding a 69 to take his score 12-under.

Spieth told the PGA Tour website that playing in the final group would be excellent preparation for next week’s Masters Tournament.

“(Saturday) was as comfortable as I’ve ever been with the lead on a weekend, which feels really good,” Spieth said.

“Any time you can close a tournament out, it’s going to be good for you the next time you tee it up.

“It’s nice to be in the hunt again. I can control my own destiny (on Sunday). I’m perfectly fine with that fact and excited about trying to do so.”

Piercey and Wagner were the top performers on day three at the Golf Club of Houston, shooting the lowest scores of the round.

Wagner fired seven birdies before a bogey on the 17th blotted his round, while Piercey went bogey-free and shot six birdies, including one on the 18th.

“I didn’t hit it as great as I did on Thursday, but I put it in places where I could make pars and then I took advantage of some good shots,” Piercy said.

England’s Kelvin Day and Paul Casey, and Charles Howel and Russell Henley are tied for sixth and trailing Stefani by a single shot.