William McGirt takes third-round lead at Northern Trust Open

Feb. 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- William McGirt put himself on track for a first career PGA victory Saturday, firing a third-round 6-under 65 for a two-stroke lead at the Northern Trust Open.

McGirt rode a hot putter to eight birdies, including five in the first six holes, ending at 12-under-par 201 at Riviera Country.

Before Saturday, the 34-year-old American had never held a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. His best finish came at the 2012 Canadian Open, where he was runner-up.

Sharing second place at 10-under were George McNeill (66) and Charlie Beljan (68).

Jason Allred (67) and Brian Harman (68) knotted for fourth one shot further back.

Overnight leader Sang-Moon Bae stumbled to a 1-over 72, dropping into a sixth-place tie at 8-under with Bubba Watson (64), Cameron Tringale (67), Jimmy Walker (67), Jordan Spieth (67,) Charl Schwartzel (68) and Dustin Johnson (69).

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