April 21 2012
Ben Curtis ended the day where he started it: In the lead.
Despite a 1-over 73 Saturday, Curtis, who began the day with a two-shot lead, increased his margin and will take a three-shot lead to the final round as he tries to win for the first time since 2006.
Just how difficult was TPC San Antonio in the third round, and this week? Through the first three rounds it has played 2.192 strokes over par. That’s more than a half-stroke higher than the next toughest course, famed Riviera, has played so far this season.
There were, however, some low numbers out there.
John Huh shot 67 -- matching the lowest round of the day -- to climb 37 spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for third, two strokes back of second-place Matt Every and within five of Curtis.
Seung-Yul Noh also made a big move, shooting a 68 to also get to 4 under with Huh and Charlie Wi.
Five others, including Matt Kuchar, who carded a 67, are another stroke back at 3 under.
In all, just 19 players broke par during the third round and three failed to break 80.