Puerto Rico Open 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard, Analysis and More

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2013

LA QUINTA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Fabian Gomez of Argentina  hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation at La Quinta Country Club on January 17, 2013 in La Quinta, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It may be overshadowed by the WGC Cadillac Championship this weekend, but the 2013 Puerto Rico Open is providing some competitive golf action through the first three rounds. 

The Rio Grande tournament may be lacking in star power, but it more than makes up for it with some compelling storylines—specifically, the collapse of Day 2 leader Andres Romero.

After firing back-to-back 65s in the first two days of the tournament, the Argentine turned in a day to forget. He shot a 75 to fall from the top spot and is now tied for 15th at 11-under for the whole tournament.

Fabian Gomez and Scott Brown were more than willing to step up and take Romero's spot atop the leaderboard. Gomez turned in one of the better performances of the day, shooting a 65 to follow up his 64 from the second round. 

Brown failed to live up the expectations created by his 63 from Day 2, but his 65 was enough to tie him with Gomez for the tourney lead heading into the final day. 

Here's how the top contenders shake out with three rounds in the books.


Leaderboard (Courtesy of PGATour.com)

  Player   1    2  3  Today Total Strokes
T1  Fabian Gomez   69 64   65 -7   -18 198
T1 Scott Brown   68 63   67 -5   -18 198
T3 Blayne Barber   66         70   66 -6   -14 202
T3 Brian Stuard   67         69   66 -6   -14 202
T3 Jordan Spieth   69         66   67 -5   -14 202
T3 Steve LeBrun   67 65   70 -2   -14 202
7 Morgan Hoffmann   67 68   68 -4   -13 203
T8 Matt Jones   71 69   64 -8   -12 204
T8 Brendon de Jonge   70 69   65 -7   -12 204
T8 Ryo Ishikawa
70 68   66 -6   -12 204
T8 Boo Weekley
71 67   66 -6   -12 204
T8 Justin Bolli   67 69   68 -4   -12 204
T8 George McNeill   71 64   69 -3   -12 204
T8 Peter Uihlein
67 65   72  E   -12 204



It’s hard not to peg Gomez as the odds-on favorite heading into the final day of the tournament. He struggled a bit on the first day of the tournament with a 69 but has now posted two scores in the mid-60s to tie for the lead.

Brown will be a challenger as well, but his Round 3 score was much closer to his first round than his spectacular second round.  He’ll need to recapture some of his Friday magic if he wants to keep up with Gomez.

Lurking in the shadows is Boo Weekley. He’s an experienced PGA vet and has improved his score in every round. He’s six shots off the lead, but if anyone’s going to have a Sunday surge that puts the pressure on the current leaders, it’s Weekley.

Four other players are just four strokes off the lead and neither Gomez nor Brown have much experience closing out tournaments as the top dog. We certainly have the setup for a wild finish in Round 4.