September 2 2012
From Elias Sports Bureau
· Louis Oosthuizen catapulted to the top of the leaderboard after a round of 63 on Sunday, which included a 29 on the front-nine. It was the twenty-ninth 29-or-better side of a PGA TOUR scorecard this year (front or back). What might be surprising to some is that more than half of those rounds (15) -- including Oosthuizen’s -- were accomplished without an eagle.
· Of the previous 29 occasions, only once did the player go on to win the tournament. Phil Mickelson shot 29 on the front-nine of his second round at the AT&T Pebble Beach event back in February, en route to winning by two shots over Charlie Wi.
· This is the 35th official stroke-play event on the TOUR that has featured both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. However it is the first such tournament in which both players enter the final round in the top 5 on the leaderboard. In fact, there have only been three occasions in which both players were among the top 10 entering a final round together: 2011 Masters (McIlroy led after three rounds, Woods was tied for ninth), 2012 WGC- Cadillac Championship (both players were tied for eighth entering the final round), and the 2012 PGA Championship (McIlroy led after three rounds, Woods was tied for sixth).
· After lackluster results in the first and second rounds, Keegan Bradley lit it up in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, posting an 8-under 63. That moved him to 6 under for the tournament. He is just the second player on TOUR this season to shoot 8 under or better in the third round after making the cut at over par. Back in March, Branden Grace was 6 over through two rounds of the WGC- Cadillac Championship. He bounced back with an 8-under 64 on Saturday en route to a tie for 35th at Doral.