HSBC Champions 2012: Surging Stars Headline Day 3 Leaderboard

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst INovember 3, 2012

SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 02:  Ernie Els of South Africa during the second round of the WGC HSBC Champions at the Mission Hills Resort on November 2, 2012 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Louis Oosthuizen is in rare form at the HSBC Champions right now, leading the field by four strokes as Day 3 of the tournament is underway in China.

After Oosthuizen and Adam Scott jumped out to an early lead on Day 1, Day 2 featured many of the sport's emerging stars begin to climb back up the board. Scott faltered late on Friday, but the rest of the field seems to be finding its stride in pursuit of the leader right now.

Mission Hills Golf Club is the site for the event, as the golfers have the privilege of playing on the Olazabal course in Shenzhen, China. It is the fourth and final event that encompasses the World Golf Championships events in 2012.

Keep reading for a brief look at the leaderboard as it stands right now. Day 3 is currently underway, so continue to check back with both Bleacher Report and the leaderboard website for all the latest updates.

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Position Name Country Today (keeping checking Total
1 Louis Oosthuizen RSA Par -16
2 Ernie Els RSA -2 -13
3 Lee Westwood ENG -5 -12
T4 Bill Haas USA -3 -11
T4 Jason Dufner USA -1 -11
T4 Shane Lowry IRL -1 -11
T4 Martin Kaymer GER -4 -11
T4 Ian Poulter ENG -4 -11
T9 Dustin Johnson USA -1 -10
T9 Phil Mickelson USA -1 -10


What to Watch For

As the tournament really hits its stride in the third day, golfing's best are starting to really pick up the pace. Lee Westwood already has really kicked it into another gear, posting five birdies in his first seven holes.

Americans Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are making a move on Saturday, as each have entered the top 10 of the board in China.

It's a Ryder Cup-filled affair, which has to be great drama for Asia-based fans after the events of the 2012 annual US-Europe contest. The top 10 also features European heroes Ian Poulter and Westwood, while putting master Luke Donald is lurking right below the leaders.

World leaders Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory are both absent from the event, but the rest of the field is proving there is plenty of great golf without those two media darlings.

Oosthuizen has been great for two straight days, but will he be able to finish on this final event of the World Golf Championships? Keep checking back for all the latest updates as we head into the final day on Sunday.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.