Watney edges ahead at Wyndham

Nick Watney followed up an excellent six-under-par 64 on Friday with a 65 a day later to take a one-shot lead at the Wyndham Championship.

The American carded two birdies on the front nine and another three on the back, including a 20-foot putt on the final hole, to move one shot clear of Brad Fritsch, who also produced a five-under-par 65.

Five-time US PGA Tour winner Watney finds himself at 14-under for the tournament, but he knows he can’t afford to play it safe on the final day.

“So it’s not like I’m protecting anything tomorrow,” he told the official PGA Tour website. “Just more of the same. Hopefully make a few birdies and keep the mistakes down and have a chance coming down to the last few holes.”

The leaderboard is a bit congested with Swede Freddie Jacobson (66) and second-round leader Heath Slocum (68) at 12 under with Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Scott Langley another shot adrift.

“You can’t really go out and protect anything here,” Jacobson said. “Not that I’m in the lead after today but you got to go out there and keep firing like I did today, just keep giving myself chances and hopefully run a few putts in tomorrow and give it a chance to bring it home.”

Snedeker said: “You never like being two back with ten other guys. You know what you’re going to have to do. You have to go out there and shoot good tomorrow. The great mentality, go out there and be aggressive and don’t hold back.”

Bill Haas, Andres Romero, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Laird, Kevin Kisner and Camilo Villegas are four shots off the pace.