Jordan Spieth provides more chaos and four other takeaways from Day 3 at Colonial

The move to Colonial was as fun as expected. This 36-hole ranking would be no different.
The last round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on Sunday will almost certainly be the same. But before this madness starts, here are our five takeaways from the third round on Saturday at Colonial.
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Jordan Spieth's comeback is almost over
For the third time in a row, Spieth made his best impression of this guy from "Man on Wire". During the early part of the show, he would hit behind a tree every time they cut to him, or engage in serious conversation after a bad shot. He hit three fairways and five greens on the first nine and still managed to shoot a three-under-32.
The back nine was equally chaotic, although instead of making wondrous birdies, he crawled his face to save Pars. Somehow, he ended up with a two-under-68, his lowest third-round result since the WGC-FedEx Invitational last July. It is part of the congestion of players under 12, one of Xander Schauffele. The most encouraging sign of all is that Spieth took 10th place in the field with the strokes won - he finished 195th on the tour), although it looks like he'll hit the whole creation.
If I had bet on him (I didn't) or if I had rooted hard for him (I didn't), I would be absolutely scared of Sunday's finals. But if it's something like the last three days, he'll be right there and the last nine will come down. Make sure you have a 3-pound bag of popcorn nearby just in case.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 13: Daniel Berger from the USA plays his shot from the ninth tee during the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 13, 2020 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins / Getty Images)
Photo by: Ron Jenkins
Ron Jenkins
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Daniel Berger's comeback is almost complete
For a man like Spieth, the pandemic can prove to be a blessing in disguise. It couldn't have come at a worse time for a man like Daniel Berger. We're obviously talking about their golf games and nothing else.
Berger, a two-time FedEx St. Jude Classic winner, was just beginning his wrist injury in late February / early March. He returned from this injury at Desert Classic 2019, but had a sub-average year, a T-2 at the Puerto Rico Open as the only highlight.
But 2020 was a very different story for the former Florida State Seminole. Shortly before the COVID 19 hit, Berger finished T-9 in waste management, T-5 in Pebble Beach and T-4 in Honda Classic. After three rounds at Colonial, he sits under at 11. His Saturday 67 was his 27th consecutive par on the PGA Tour, a series that stems from the opening round of the Zozo Championship in October.
This comeback has been brewing for some time now, and Berger, one of the fiercest rivals on tour, would do nothing better than extend this below-average lap to 28 on Sunday and pamper many others for whom he was made to spoil Hollywood storylines on the leaderboard.
FORT WORTH, TX - June 13, 2020 Charles Schwab. Challenge, third round. Photographed at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX on June 13, 2020. Photo © 2020 Darren Carroll
Photo by: Darren Carroll for Golf Digest
Darren Carroll for Golf Digest
Rory McIlroy had an uneventful moving day
Statistically speaking, Sunday is the day when Rory can't normally get it rolling (79th on tour on average of round four). But this week he calmed down a day earlier and posted a one-under-69 that got him three to ten under. It didn't look like it did early when McIlroy tied up a ride, then hit his second to 15 feet and did two puttings for Birdie first at Par-5. After that, not much went on for the favorite before the tournament, even though he had got a late birdie to keep at least within striking distance. Maybe this time he'll save his best for Sunday. If so, that would be a damn good statement at the first tour event for world No. 1.
No cheering in the press box, except for HV3
The Spieth comeback story would be special, as would a McIlroy win from behind or Bryson struggling to win, or Patrick Reed coming from nowhere. But there is no question that the best story would be that Harold Varner III captures his first PGA Tour win at the first event after the corona virus and amid all the racist unrest in America. He's in position at 11 a week, but it will take something special to get it done on Sunday. As Varner has shown in the recent past, the pressure of a tense finals can affect him (finals 74 on the Riviera; finals 81 in the PGA championship). I speak for many when I say I hope this Sunday is different for HV3. A winning smile from him would be a pleasant sight in Fort Worth.
FORT WORTH, TX - June 13, 2020 Charles Schwab. Challenge, third round. Photographed at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX on June 13, 2020. Photo © 2020 Darren Carroll
Photo by: Darren Carroll for Golf Digest
Darren Carroll for Golf Digest
The potential show dealers
When the gods of golf history look down on us, Varner, McIlroy, Spieth, DeChambeau, Reed or Justin Thomas will put on the checkered jacket tomorrow. But there is a very big chance that it is not one of the above, which would be fine!
Xander Schauffele has the solo lead and the alpha men's quality, which should serve him well in a big place on Sunday. Just like Gary Woodland, who showed some serious stones during his US Open victory at Pebble Beach. Branden Grace, who is among the group at 12, is more than able to steal this tournament. And of course, as I wrote above, Berger could be the sneakiest candidate stealing the show. And that's before lurking like Abraham Ancer, Corey Conners, and a guy named Justin Rose. It's pretty the board.
The guy I'm betting on? Collin Morikawa, who is also part of the five-way tie at 12 under. Both his game and his behavior would make you think that he is not the one who shrinks from the moment. He already had his first win, although it took place in an opposing field at the 2019 Barracuda Championship. While a win on Sunday wasn't technically his "first", it would certainly be his first big one.
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