Woody Austin cards 68, sits alone atop Boeing leaderboard

8/21/2021 9:43:59 PM EST

Woody Austin shot a 68 Saturday to sit alone atop the leaderboard of the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Wash.

Austin, a co-leader after the first round, finished with a bang on Saturday, sinking four birdies over his last six holes to improve to 10 under at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie both climbed into a two-way tie for second place with matching 67s. They sit one shot back.

Five players are T4 at 8 under, two shots back. First-round co-leader Billy Mayfair (70) is in that group.

Three more players are three shots back in a tie for ninth, including first-round co-leader Ernie Els, who shot 71 Saturday.

Austin caught fire on the back nine after a birdie and bogey going out.

"Front nine was a little skittish, not terrible. I just didn't hit it close to the hole like I did yesterday and got it in a couple tough spots," Austin said. "But luckily for me, the guys that were going low were guys that were from behind and nobody was really kind of stretching out, so I was kind of hanging in there, and I made a good up-and-down on 10 and then the swing really geared in, I started hitting it close again."

Montgomerie posted a clean card, finishing his round with five birdies heading into Sunday's final round.

"I've holed out well," Montgomerie said. "The last couple of putts there were great, a couple of 8-footers for birdies and that was key to birdie 17 and 18. So I've holed out well. If I can hole out tomorrow, Jim's the guy. Jim's very, very steady and doesn't do anything wrong. He's the guy to beat, but if I can hole out, I have a chance."

--Field Level Media

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