While Daly explodes, Blixt grabs share of Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open lead with late birdie barrage

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: Jonas Blixt of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin on October 6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Jonas Blixt hit his tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round for a share of the lead.
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Jonas Blixt birdied six of the last seven holes Saturday for a 5-under-par 66 and a share of the lead with Ryan Moore and Brendon de Jonge in Las Vegas at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Moore had a bogey-free 65, and de Jonge birdied four of the last five for a 66 to match Blixt at 19-under 194 in the Fall Series opener at TPC Summerlin.

Moore, a former UNLV player who lives in Las Vegas, won the 2009 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Blixt, from Sweden, and de Jonge, from Zimbabwe, are winless on the tour.

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Jimmy Walker and Tim Herron were five strokes back. Walker had a 66, and Herron shot 68.

John Daly, tied for sixth at 10 under after a season-best 63 on Friday, had a 15-over 86 to drop to last among the 72 players who made the cut. He had a quadruple bogey, a triple bogey, two double bogeys, six bogeys, and two birdies in his worst round of the season.

At 132d on the money list, the two-time major champion is trying to move into the top 125 to secure full playing privileges for next season.

‘‘I can’t remember a time when I had a stretch of so many bad holes, where I hit a couple bad shots but didn’t really hit that many bad shots,’’ he said. “This course, everybody shoots it low, but there’s times where nothing just goes right. I short-sided myself all day. If I missed a green, I had the most impossible chips. I couldn’t make a 4-footer today, and I had the lefts going. Usually if I miss the ball, it’s right, so that confused me a little bit.

“It’s almost you get off to a start like that, your body just almost goes into shock, and every time I tried to hit a cut, I'd hit a pull, and every time I'd try to hit a draw, I'd flare it right.’’

Champions — Steve Pate and Fred Funk shot 3-under 69 to share the second-round lead at 8 under at the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.

Funk, the Insperity Championship winner in May for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour, birdied four of the last seven holes.

Pate is winless on the Champions Tour after winning six times on the PGA Tour.

Jay Don Blake and Andrew Magee were a stroke behind the leaders. They shot 70.

European — Branden Grace shot a 3-under 69 at Carnoustie to take a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland.