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In his first weekend contention at a PGA Tour event, rookie Sahith Theegala is handling the pressure and his golf just fine as he takes a one-shot lead into the final round in Mississippi.
Theegala began the back nine on Saturday at Country Club of Jackson with three straight birdies, had an eagle chip spin 360 degrees around the cup and finished with a 5-under 67 to get to 18-under 198.
"Definitely a little nerves in there for sure," Californian Theegala said.
"But I think people have said before pressure is a privilege, and I'm trying to use those nerves to my advantage."
Cameron Tringale had a pair of eagles from long range with his putter and his wedge and matched his career best on the PGA Tour with a 62 to share second with Sam Burns and Denny McCarthy, who each shot 65.
Will Zalatoris, the rookie of the year last season while playing on unlimited sponsor exemptions, started moving day as co-leader with Theegala and Nick Watney but didn't make a birdie over the final 12 holes.
A 72 left Zalatoris five shots off the pace in a tie for 16th.
Watney took a late double bogey on the 16th hole and shot 71, leaving him four back.
Theegala's brilliant back nine could have been even better.
He drove through the green on the reachable 15th and hit a beautiful pitch that somehow spun all around the cup without dropping, sending him to his knees in disbelief.
"I can't wait to see the replay of that to see what happened because it literally looked like more than a 360... it was literally going right at the stick, and I'm like, 'OK, that's in, with good speed.' I can't believe that lip-out," Theegala said.
Still, he has a chance to earn a two-year exemption and a spot in the Masters and PGA Championship next year if he can hold on.
The list of challengers includes Burns, who already won this year and was in the final conversation to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.
Tringale is still looking for his first win in his 311st start on the PGA Tour.
Fifteen players were separated by four shots - nine of those players have yet to win on the PGA Tour.