April 21 2012
The third round of the Valero Texas Open is complete. Check here for updates from throughout the day and leave your comments below.
UPDATES (All times ET)
6:33 p.m. -- The third round is now in the books on what was an incredibly difficult day of scoring in which TPC San Antonio played well over par. Ben Curtis started the day with a two-shot lead, shot a 1-over 73 and now leads by three. That’s about as good an example as you’ll find when it comes to showing how tough a course played.
6 p.m. -- With the third round going beyond CBS’ allotted window, coverage has now switched over to Golf Channel, where the remainder of the round can be seen.
5:50 p.m. -- The third round is winding down with only a few holes to go, and Ben Curtis is leading by two. TPC San Antonio has played two strokes over par here on moving day, meaning there hasn’t exactly been a ton of moving, at least in terms of catching Curtis.
5:25 p.m. -- Will MacKenzie’s round abruptly hit a wall with a bogey, double-bogey stretch over his last two holes. Still, 4 under looks very good on a day in which no one in the final group is under par. Ben Curtis is still leading by two -- for now.
4:45 p.m. -- Not everyone is struggling in what’s been an otherwise difficult third round. Will MacKenzie, however, is 7 under through 14 holes and as a result has climbed 57 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for seventh at 3 under. Compare that to the final group of the day -- Ben Curtis, Cameron Tringale and David Mathis -- which is a combined 11 over.
4:20 p.m. -- With a bounce-back birdie on No. 10, followed by a par at the 11th, Ben Curtis is back to a two-stroke lead. Matt Every and David Mathis are both tied for second, while Matt Kuchar has moved into contention after playing his first 17 holes in 5 under to ge within five of the lead.
3:40 p.m. -- What was a three-shot lead for Ben Curtis just minutes ago is now down to one after he made a mess of the par-5 eighth. Curtis pulled his tee shot left, pitched out, laid up short of the green, missed right on his approach shot and two-putted from 36 feet for his second double bogey of the day. Curtis is now 3 over on the day, but still in front. For now.
3:30 p.m. -- So much for moving day. With the breezy TPC San Antonio playing difficult, no one’s been able to catch leader Ben Curtis. A few players, however, have climbed into contention. John Huh is in with a 67 to get to 4 under and the (very early) clubhouse lead. Kris Blanks has also made a big move, jumping 49 spots to a tie for seventh after playing his first 13 holes in 6 under. Amateur Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, is 3 under through 15 holes and 2 under for the week.
3 p.m. -- Since his opening-hole bogey, Ben Curtis has been mistake free. As a result, he has actually extended his lead to three shots with Matt Every and David Mathis both over par on the day and each tied for second. Meanwhile, Seung-Yul Noh continues to move up and is now fourth after playing his first 14 holes in 5 under.
2:45 p.m. -- Ben Curtis continues to lead at 9 under at TPC San Antonio, where scoring is again tough. Only seven of the top 18 players on the leaderboard are currently under par in the third round.
2:25 p.m. -- Add Seung-Yul Noh’s name to the list of contenders. The rookie is 5 under through 11 holes with five birdies and zero bogeys, pulling him to within four of the lead. Noh has missed three of his last four cuts, but he’s also played well this year with three top-25 finishes in his 11 starts.
2 p.m. -- Matt Every is now just a stroke back after a birdie early in his round to get to 8 under and within one of Ben Curtis. Meanwhile, David Mathis and Cameron Tringale have dropped back, playing their first three holes in 2 and 1 over, respectively.
1:45 p.m. -- Ben Curtis got one stroke back after that early double bogey with a birdie on the par-5 second, where he came up 30 yards short of the green on his second shot, pitched to 5 feet and made the putt. That moves him to 9 under and back to the top of the leaderboard by himself.
1:15 p.m. -- Meanwhile, Texas teenager Jordan Spieth is making a move up the leaderboard. The University of Texas freshman is 4 under through his first nine holes today and 3 under for the week, which has moved him 31 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for ninth at the moment. His best finish in a PGA TOUR event was a tie for 16th at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship, which was also the first TOUR event he ever played in.
1 p.m. -- Well, it didn’t take long for Ben Curtis to lose his two-stroke lead. After finding a greenside bunker on his approach shot on the first hole, Curtis left his next shot in the sand before pitching out to 9 feet. He two-putted from there for a double bogey. That drops him into a tie with David Mathis at 8 under with both players just one clear of Matt Every and Cameron Tringale.