Kelly Kraft credits putting for 6-under round

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A hot putter made all the difference for Kelly Kraft in his 6-under 64 on Saturday at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

The rookie professional moved to 4-under and jumped into a tie for 13th at the completion of his round.

Kraft’s total number of made putts in the third round covered a distance of 161 feet. Compare that to 78 feet in Round 1 or 60 feet in Round 2.

He finished with an eagle and four birdies to shoot a tidy 6-under 29 on the front nine, just one stroke off the Colonial record set by Wayne Levi in 1993.

“I didn’t even realize it was a 29,’’ Kraft said after his round. “I guess I was thinking it was a par 36.’’

The SMU product played the second nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys.

“It was a lot of fun,’’ said the 23-year-old native of Denton, Texas. “I didn’t make any putting changes. I’ve been hitting good putts. A lot were lipping out the first two rounds. I just kept doing what I was doing.''

Kraft made birdie putts at No. 4 (35 feet), No. 5 (20 feet), No. 6 (3 feet), No. 8 (14 feet), No. 13 (14 feet) and No. 18 (6 feet). But his longest make of the day, 42 feet, was for par at No. 10.