Cameron Champ shoots 64, takes 4-stroke lead in Jackson

Corey Conners of Canada, watches his approach drive on the 18th fairway during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Cameron Champ putts on the first hole during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Shawn Stefani acknowledges the applause from the audience after sinking his putt on the 18th hole during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Cameron Champ studies his approach before putting on the 18th hole during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Norman Xiong looks at his putter before hitting on the 18th hole during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
The crowd watches as Cameron Champ, center, hits out of the rough on the fourth hole during the third day of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. — Cameron Champ shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to open a four-stroke lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Champ has held at least a share of the lead all three days at Country Club of Jackson, opening with a 65 and shooting a 70 on Friday. Averaging a field-best 306.7 yards off the tee, the 23-year-old PGA Tour rookie has hit 44 of 54 greens in regulation. On Saturday, he hit 15 of 18 and had just 25 putts.

Corey Conners was second, matching Champ with a 64 to get to 13 under. D.J. Trahan, the 2006 winner when the event was the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, was five strokes back with Shawn Stefani. Trahan shot 67, and Stefani had a 68.

Norman Xiong, the 19-year-old who was tied with Champ for the second-round lead, had a 76 to drop into a tie for 36th at 5 under.

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