Stenson in Wyndham lead

Golfer Rory Mc Ilroy poses for

Golfer Rory Mc Ilroy poses for

Simpson had sole possession of the lead late in the round, before Stenson caught him during his birdie binge on the back nine.

He was in the mix and fighting his swing a little during the middle of his round, but a stretch of four birdies on his last six holes shut the door on Ollie Schniederjans, a PGA Tour rookie from Georgia Tech.

Nevertheless Coley's preview brought home 11 points of profit thanks to the each-way part of the bet comfortably coming in.

Simpson, the North Carolina native and former Wake Forest player who won this tournament in 2011, started his round on the back nine and had five birdies and an eagle on his first nine holes.

Stenson, who was even for the round through 12 holes, shot a 4-under-par 66, moving to 16-under 194 for the tournament and holding a one-shot lead over three players.

Every arrived at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in a tie for 183rd on the FedEx Cup points list.

"It's been a long time since I've been in this position but I've got a good guy on the bag and we'll just go out and do what we do, hit the fairways and give ourselves as many opportunities as possible to make putts".

Simpson - a local favourite who grew up in Raleigh, played in college at nearby Wake Forest and named his third child Wyndham after his first victory on tour came here - shared the 54-hole lead with Ryan Armour at 13 under.

Padraig Harrington, a three-time major victor, endured a torrid third round of six-over 76 which sent him tumbling down the leaderboard to level par for the tournament through 54 holes. "Got to keep producing chances", said Stenson, who is ranked ninth in the world. His second shot careened off a canopy covering the gallery and landed in a greenside bunker, but he chipped to 2 feet of the flagstick and converted the putt.

The MDF ("made cut, did not finish") rule was introduced by the PGA Tour in 2008 while the European Tour also adopted a similar secondary cut rule at the start of this season.

"There's a comfort here that I feel like I don't have at a lot of places", Simpson said. "I don't mind hanging around to see", Haas said. After a par, he birdied the next three holes to get to five-under for the day.

Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion and FedEx Cup victor in 2013, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round and could have had another one but missed a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 15.

Davis Love shot a three-under 67 and is three shots back in a tie for sixth with Richy Werenski (64) and Harold Varner (66).

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