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Mackenzie Hughes tied for 2nd heading into final round at Colonial

Kevin Na settled for a 1-under 69 a day after going low at Colonial again, taking a two shot lead Saturday over a group that included local favorite Jordan Spieth, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.

Canadian golfer is 2 strokes back of leader Kevin Na

Mackenzie Hughes of Canada plays his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 03, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kevin Na settled for a 1-under 69 a day after going low at Colonial again, taking a two-shot lead Saturday over a group that included local favorite Jordan Spieth, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.

Na recovered from a double bogey at the par-5 11th that cost him the lead, steadying himself over the final seven holes to reach 9 under. His 62 in the second round was his third at least that low over a span of six rounds at Colonial.

Spieth and Furyk, winless since 2015, both shot 68 and were among the group at 7 under along with C.T. Pan, who was tied with Na before bogeys on the final two holes. Pan settled for a 68 as well.

First-round leader Tony Finau (71) fell into the group at 7 under with a bogey on 18 after hitting his driver into the water.

WATCH | Mackenzie Hughes closes his round with a birdie:

Hughes, from Dundas, Ont., fired a 5-under 65 to sit two strokes back of Kevin Na heading into Sunday's final round. 0:20

Birdies among the leaders were fairly scarce with most of them playing in windy conditions that have made afternoon rounds difficult all week on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan.

Second-round leader Jonas Blixt didn't have any, opening with a bogey on the easy par-5 first before three more in his 74. He is four shots back.

The best rounds came from players with significantly earlier tee times. Hughes shot 65 to join Spieth, Furyk and company. Charley Hoffman had the day's best round at 7-under 63 and was tied at 6 under with Austin Cook, who shot 65.

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