Spieth within 1 of Munoz in his hometown of Nelson

McKINNEY, Texas — Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local guy in the Byron Nelson’s final final-round pairing.

That’s cool for the Colombian who now lives in the Dallas area and at least shared the lead after all three laps.

Munoz shot a 6-under 66 at TPC Craig Ranch on Saturday and was 21 under, one stroke ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who shot a 64.

Spieth, who has three majors as part of his 13 career wins, is still seeking his first win in Nelson, where he made the final round as a 16-year-old high schooler in 2010 and has never finished higher than ninth.

“So to have a chance to win this event will be kind of the best chance I’ve ever had before Sunday,” Spieth said. “I did a good job of not putting too much pressure on myself. I just wanted to get in on the action and obviously see what needs to be refined for next week.

“But there’s no better preparation for a major than winning the week before.”

The PGA Championship takes place next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in Sunday’s final group. He is alone in third, another shot back after a 65.

James Hahn shot a 61 to jump 34 spots and is tied for fourth with Justin Thomas (64).

Munoz, who played at a nearby college in North Texas, is 2½ years away from his lone PGA Tour victory.

“Besides winning in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve never been the favorite anywhere else,” Munoz said. “So it’s a familiar place. Jordan is, of course, the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. I’m good friends with him, so it’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.”

Munoz birdied 39 feet on the par-4 second hole and landed a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth hole.

A West Texas native and Dallas-area resident looking for his first individual victory since 2010, Ryan Palmer shot a 70 and was 17 under with defending champion KH Lee (67) and the winner of the Masters 2011 Charl Schwartzel (68).

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a triple bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to make a run on Sunday, recorded cluster birdies in a 65 – including four of the last five holes – that left him at 16 cents.

“I didn’t really see the ball go in very much, which is frustrating because you have to putt here to shoot low scores,” said Scheffler, another Dallas resident. “I fought my way back into the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”

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