Daily Wrap-up: Zurich Classic, Round 3April 27, 2013
AVONDALE, La. -- Lucas Glover moved into position for his first tournament victory in two years with a strong performance at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday, yet he's not certain if he'll even finish the four rounds.
Glover survived blustery conditions and birdied the 18th hole to increase his lead to two strokes at TPC Louisiana, with the 2009 U.S. Open winner shooting a 2-under 70 to reach 14 under.
"Some windier conditions than expected," Glover said. "But started up one, now I'm up two, so can't be too upset. The good stuff is still there."
His wife is expecting to deliver the couple's daughter any time now and he said he would immediately leave the event if he received a call that she was going into labor.
Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points were tied for second. Stanley had a 65, Walker and Horschel shot 66, and Points had a 70.
AVONDALE, La. -- Two things could prevent Zurich Classic of New Orleans third-round leader Lucas Glover from winning his first PGA TOUR event in two years:
--A call from his expectant wife, Krista.
--Or his putter, which, so far, has been extremely trustworthy through 54 holes at TPC Louisiana, a Pete Dye creation that measures 7,341 yards.
The first scenario is unlikely since Krista's due date is two weeks off, though Glover said, if needed, he would drop what he is doing and return to their home in St. Simons Island, Ga.
"It's finally to the point where I felt like I was in college. I always had a chance to win at every college event. I was always in the top 10. You can go back and look at the record book. I feel like I'm back in that mindset of feeling that no matter where my game is going into the tournament coming up on Thursday, I know I can play well no matter how bad or how good it is."
--Billy Horschel, who is currently T2 and in position for a fourth-consecutive top-10 finish
" I was putting the ball so well the first two days, and then all of a sudden just couldn't make nothing. It kind of got to me a little bit and cost a little patience out there."
--Boo Weekley on his shaky third-round putting
Amanda Balionis and Will Haskett with SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio preview Round 4 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from TPC Louisiana.
7 -- The largest come-from-behind victory in tournament history. There are 35 players within seven shots of Lucas Glover's lead.
17.5 -- The average number of holes Lucas Glover played in 2013 between three-putts entering this week. He has none through 54 holes at TPC Louisiana.
74 -- Kevin Stadler's best final-round score in three tries at the Zurich Classic. He'll need to do better than that Sunday to earn his first TOUR win.
77.0 -- Guan Tianlang's third-round scoring average in two career TOUR starts. He shot a 77 Saturday and had another 77 in Round 3 of the Masters Tournament.
100 -- Percentage of Zurich Classics won by third-round leaders/co-leaders in the last three years.
@PGATOURMedia: Monday qualifier and LSU Tiger Ken Looper chipped in for an eagle-3 at 18 to get to -10 through three rounds. Is currently T4.
Looper's play has been one of the week's underrated storylines.
A "Blue Out" was held Saturday at the Zurich Classic in support of Els for Autism.
Fowler hasn't found much success after his Thursday 67 but is still making the most of his week in Louisiana.