Cameron Smith two before the finals of the FedEx St. Jude Championship


Open champion Cameron Smith moved within striking distance of leader JJ Spaun to advance to the finals of the FedEx St. Jude Championship, where he aims to become world number one for the first time.

The Aussie, who has refused to deny intense speculation he will join season-ending Saudi-backed escapees LIV Golf, blasted a 67 to sit just two behind Spaun.

Spaun maintained his place at the top of the leaderboard for the third straight round after a couple of late birdies kept his lead at 13 under.

One of my goals is to get that top spot and I will try to chase it


He leads through one of Austria’s Sepp Straker, but there’s a growing threat from the group in shared third, where Smith is beaten by Will Zlatoris – runners-up at the US PGA and US Open this year – after an impressive 65 and Trey Mullinax was supported. who shot 66.

But all eyes will be on Smith on Sunday as he tries to hit another landmark.

“That would mean a lot. I mean, that’s what we’re all here for,” Smith said of the possibility of overtaking Scottie Scheffler at the top of the leaderboard.

“One of my goals, probably since the beginning of the year, is to try and get that top spot and I’ll try to chase it.”

Both Spaun, world champion of the ’98 and Valero Texas Opens, and Straka, winner of the Honda Classic in February, are aiming to become the ninth multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick remains four strokes behind after a 67 lifted him to nine under and eighth.

Victory in Memphis guarantees the winner a seat in East Lake for the season-ending Tour Championship, where a $18m (£14.9m) bonus is up for grabs for the FedEx Cup winner. Cameron Smith two before the finals of the FedEx St. Jude Championship

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