May 19 2012
IRVING, Texas – Saturday’s third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship is complete at the TPC Four Seasons Resort. Here’s how the third round played out, along with a quick recap. Feel free to join the discussion.
QUICK RECAP: ROUND 3
IRVING, Texas -- Jason Dufner started the day with a one-shot lead and managed to keep it despite a constant revolving door at the top of the leaderboard throughout Saturday's third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Nine different players either held or shared the lead at one point, but it was Dufner who survived at the top. He'll now enter the final round with a chance to win his second tournament in his last three starts.
Dufner shot a 1-under 69 in tough scoring conditions to finish 54 holes at 8 under. That gives him a one-shot lead over J.J. Henry, Dicky Pride and 2010 champ Jason Day.
Dufner, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last month, has been superb from tee to green through the first three days. He ranks first in the field in greens in regulation and second in fairways hit.
Henry and Day shot 3-under 67s while Pride, seeking his first PGA TOUR win in 18 years, shot a 69 to remain in the hunt.
Vijay Singh, looking to end a four-year victory drought, shot a 4-under 6 to move into fifth place at 6 under.
PGA TOUR rookie Jonas Blixt and past Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman are another shot back at 5 under.
Twenty-six layers are within six shots of Dufner, including defending champ Keegan Bradley (4 under), last week's PLAYERS champ Matt Kuchar (3 under), three-time major winner Padraig Harrington (3 under) and recent Hall of Fame inductee Phil Mickelson (2 under).
LIVE UPDATES: ROUND 3 (all times ET)
6:01 p.m. – Jason Dufner, the 36-hole leader, has kept his one-shot lead after 1-under 69 on Saturday. He leads at 8 under, one shot ahead of J.J. Henry, Jason Day and Dicky Pride.
5:49 p.m. – Dicky Pride’s 1-under 69 on Saturday leaves him at 7 under and gives him a chance to win for the first time on the PGA TOUR in 18 years. The last time Pride has opened a PGA TOUR event with three rounds in the 60s was at the 2008 Viking Classic when he finished tied for eighth.
5:38 p.m. – Take out the par-5 16th, and the other three holes in the closing four-hole stretch at TPC Four Seasons Resort have been brutal on Saturday. With the final groups now on that stretch of holes, the field has made just 13 cumulative birdies on the 15th, 17th and 18th holes while suffering 60 bogeys, seven doubles and one other.
5:28 p.m. – A solid round for 2010 HP Byron Nelson champ Jason Day ended on a sour note, as he three-putted from 8 feet for his only bogey on the day. Day’s second-putt from 3 feet horseshoed the edge of the cup and spun out. The 3-under 67 leaves Day at 7 under. J.J. Henry is also at 7 under after a 67.
5:16 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, the solo leader an hour ago, is sliding down the leaderboard. He suffered a double bogey at the par-4 14th and a bogey at the 15th and is now at 5 under, three shots off the lead.
5:11 p.m. – Good nugget from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio: Nine different players have held or shared the lead in the third round.
4:59 p.m. – Although he made two putts from outside 30 feet on the back nine and needed just 27 putts, Vijay Singh said he was more pleased with his ball-striking during Saturday’s 4-under 66. “I think I hit the ball a lot better than I putted,” he said. Asked about the three-putt at 18, Singh said, “I waited a long time to putt that. Kinda lost my momentum.”
4:45 p.m. – Jason Dufner, the 36-hole leader, is back in the lead after a birdie at the 18th. He’s now at 8 under.
4:35 p.m. – After a lengthy wait to putt, Vijay Singh three-putted at the 18th for bogey. Still, his 4-under 66 puts him at 6 under going into the final round and firmly in the hunt to end his four-year victory drought on TOUR.
4:10 p.m. – Matt Kuchar bounced back from a bogey at the 12th by nearly making a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th. Instead, he settled for a kick-in birdie from four inches and is now the solo leader at 8 under.
4:02 p.m. – Vijay Singh is 6 under for the tournament after rolling in an eagle putt from 38 feet at the par-5 16th. It’s the second made putt from outside 30 feet in the last four holes for Singh, who won here in 2003.
3:56 p.m. – For the fourth time this year, Ryan Palmer has missed a putt inside 3 feet. His latest miss came at the par-4 10th and cost him a bogey. Palmer entered this week ranked tied for 105th in putting from that distance. Palmer is now 5 under for the tournament.
3:54 p.m. – Rookie Jonas Blixt stumbled down the stretch with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, but his 3-under 67 still puts him in contention going into Sunday’s final round. Blixt, who tied for 13th and tied for 9th in his last two starts coming into this week, is 5 under through three rounds, currently three shots off the lead.
3:48 p.m. – PLAYERS champ Matt Kuchar has moved into a tie for the lead with Dicky Pride at 8 under. Kuchar is 2 under for his round and is coming off a birdie at the par-4 11th.
3:44 p.m. – Phil Mickelson after his 1-under 69 that leaves him at 2 under for the tournament: “It was a day where I had a lot of opportunities to get right back in the mix and made four or five mistakes there, sloppy bogeys. But I made some good birdies today and had some good things happen.”
3:38 p.m. – Keegan Bradley just made it more much difficult to defend his title here. He triple-bogeyed the par-4 11th, finding the water with his tee shot, then three-putting from 45 feet. He’s now 1 over for his round and 4 under for the tournament.
3:22 p.m. -- Chip-in birdies on both ends of the back nine. Phil Mickelson holes out from behind the 18th green to reach the clubhouse at 2 under after Saturday's 69. On No. 10, after missing the green left, Matt Kuchar chips in from the rough to reach 7 under, one back of leader Dicky Pride.
3:02 p.m. – Boo Weekley has played 12 holes and has hit every green in regulation on Saturday. Yet he’s 2 over on his round. How so? Three three-putts. Weekley is 1 under for the tournament.
3 p.m. – Vijay Singh has quietly moved up the leaderboard and is now 3 under for his round and 5 under for the tournament. Singh is looking for his first top-10 of the season and first win since 2008.
2:55 p.m. – 2010 HP Byron Nelson champ Jason Day has made the turn at 2 under for his round and 6 under for the tournament. Through three rounds, Day has been bogey-free on the front nine at TPC Four Seasons Resort. He’s a cumulative 8 under on the front nine this week.
2:44 p.m. – Phil Mickelson update: After a bogey at the par-4 14th, Mickelson bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 16th and is now 2 under for the tournament.
2:25 p.m. -- Defending champion Keegan Bradley two-putted the par-5 7th for birdie to pull out of a five-way tie for the lead with Jonas Blixt, Marc Leishman, Dicky Pride and Jason Dufner at TPC Four Seasons. Now 8 under, the two-time TOUR winner is faring quite well in his first title defense.
2:04 p.m. – Andres Gonzales has 13 birdies this week, which currently ties him with Keegan Bradley for most in the field. Of those 13 for Gonzales, 11 have been on the front nine at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Thanks to his four birdies on the front side Saturday, Gonzales – playing in his first PGA TOUR event of the season -- is now 5 under for the tournament, just two shots off the lead.
1:50 p.m. – Jonas Blixt has holed out from 82 yards for eagle at the par-4 11th. That moves him into a tie for the lead at 7 under with Matt Kuchar and Dicky Pride. It’s the second eagle at the drivable 11th this week. Marc Leishman had an eagle on that hole in the opening round.
1:46 p.m. – Bob Estes, starting his round off the 10th tee, just made the turn in 30. If he can match that on the front side, he’ll set a course record and tie a tournament record.
1:43 p.m. – Matt Kuchar has assumed the solo lead at 7 under after a birdie at the fourth.
1:42 p.m. – Chad Campbell has suffered a couple of early bogeys in the final group. He found a greenside bunker at the second and found the water with his tee shot at the third. He’s now 4 under.
1:33 p.m. – Phil Mickelson has bounced back from his bogey at the ninth with birdies at the 10th and 11th holes. He’s now at 2 under for the tournament.
1:31 p.m. – Dicky Pride has joined Jason Dufner atop the leaderboard at 7 under. Pride birdied the par-4 third with a putt of 27 feet, 9 inches.
1:05 p.m. – Phil Mickelson suffered his second bogey of the day, this one at the par-4 ninth when a poor drive left of the fairway prevented him for reaching the green in two. He’s now 1 over on his round and even par for the tournament.
12:59 p.m. – Defending champion Keegan Bradley is off to a quick start, having birdied the par-3 second to move to 6 under, just one stroke off the pace. Bradley shot 72-68 on the weekend here last year to make a playoff, where he beat Ryan Palmer on the first extra hole. He’s hoping for similar weekend magic this year. “There’s something about the course that produces good numbers for me,” he told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio prior to teeing off Saturday. Click here to watch full pre-round interview
12:47 p.m. – PGA TOUR rookie Jonas Blixt has birdied three of his first six holes to move to 5 under for the tournament, just two strokes off the lead. Blixt drained a 60-foot birdie putt on the opening hole, and added a 12-footer at the fifth. At the par-4 sixth, he hit his approach to within 6 feet.
12:35 p.m. -- Pat Perez's scoring average before the cut ranks as the 23rd lowest this year on the PGA TOUR. But his scoring average in the third round ranks 56th, and his final-round scoring average ranks 54th. Having just teed off for Saturday's third round, Perez finds himself just one stroke off the lead. But he knows he'll need to improve his weekend performance if he wants to win his second career TOUR event. "I haven't done much on the weekend yet," Perez said. "I've got to change that." Follow the group of Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez and Dicky Pride by clicking here
12:29 p.m. – Notables update: Ernie Els is 1 under on his round through eight holes, having just rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt at the par-4 eighth; Phil Mickelson is even on his round through seven holes; Padraig Harrington and Vijay Singh are also even early in their rounds.
12:22 p.m. – Texas native Bob Estes has made the most noise thus far on Saturday. He’s 4 under through his first four holes. Starting his round on the 10th tee, Estes eagled the par-4 11th by holing out from 80 yards, then rolled in a couple of birdie putts on the next hole. He’s now at 3 under for the tournament.
12:15 p.m. – Tournament leader Jason Dufner is playing with two native Texans in Ryan Palmer and Chad Campbell who live in the nearby suburb of Colleyville. Although the hometown support will be strong for the Texans, Dufner expects to have his share of fans on Saturday, thanks to his elevated play dating back to last year’s PGA Championship and continuing with his win last month in New Orleans. “I like the fact that people know and respect my golf game and want to root for me,” Dufner said. “… I feel like I’ve got a lot of people rooting for me right now.”
Noon -- With tee times adjusted because 79 players made the cut, the final group of 36-hole leader Jason Dufner and Chad Campbell and Ryan Palmer will tee off in just 45 minutes. Phil Mickelson, who started the third round six shots off the lead, is already on the course and is even through five holes. He birdied the par-3 second after his tee shot landed inside five feet, but he gave back the stroke at the par-3 fifth when he found a greenside bunker. Mickelson, by the way, ranks fifth on the PGA TOUR this season in Round 3 scoring average.