The final pairing of Brendan de Jonge and Ryan Moore are now on the course at the 2012 Shriners Open, and Moore has picked up a birdie to take a two-shot lead at 20-under. Moore is a local Las Vegas product, playing a home game at TPC Summerlin. He was one of the favorites coming into the week and he responded with an opening round 61, matching the lowest round of the season on Tour. The UNLV grad and decorated amateur has played the front side under par through his first three rounds, and he'll need to go low again today with more favorable scoring conditions.
The third provided a two-shot swing in the final group, as de Jonge carded bogey to fall two shots back. The Zimbabwe native has been one of the more consistent players in the world, but has yet to pick up a win. The bogey dropped him even with Jonas Blixt at 18-under.
Jason Day, one of the most talented players in the field, is trying to make a Sunday charge at the final group. The Aussie opened his final round with birdies on three of the first four holes to move to 18-under. Day had one of the best seasons on Tour last year, but he was relatively quiet this summer. A win to lead off the fall series could get him back on track for 2013. Five shots back of Moore, he'll need to keep up the torrid pace to put his name in the mix down the stretch.