Tampa Bay Championship 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
An incredibly log-jammed leaderboard came to define Saturday's PGA Tour action at the Tampa Bay Championship. Kevin Streelman, Justin Leonard and George Coetzee hold the joint lead at six-under par.
Nine players are within two shots of the lead, and anyone inside the top 20 is only four strokes off the pace.
Here is a quick glance at the scores, and for the complete leaderboard, check out PGA.com.
|T1||Justin Leonard ||71-69-67||-6|
|T1||George Coetzee ||71-68-68||-6|
|T1||Kevin Streelman ||73-69-65 ||-6|
|T4||Jim Furyk ||72-69-67||-5|
|T4||Ben Kohles ||72-67-69||-5|
|T4||Greg Chalmers ||71-68-69||-5|
|T4||Tag Ridings ||68-70-70||-5|
|T8||Luke Donald ||70-72-67 ||-4|
|T8||Jordan Spieth ||72-68-69 ||-4|
|T8||Shawn Stefani ||65-70-74||-4|
This Tampa Bay Championship leader board is exactly like last week's, except the exact opposite.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) March 16, 2013
Hours before those leading the pack after Round 2 finished up, it was Streelman who posted what would eventually be the round of the day. He fired a spectacular, bogey-free 65 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.
Leonard hasn't won in approximately five years, and Coetzee, like Streelman, is seeking his maiden Tour victory.
Golf Channel's Jason Sobel logged an interesting quote by Leonard, with an implied reference to his 1997 British Open triumph.
Biggest difference between Justin Leonard in '97 and Justin Leonard today: "Golf defined me back then. It doesn't define me anymore."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) March 16, 2013
Jim Furyk's methodical, grinding approach perfectly suits this difficult venue. A tidy 67 vaulted him into contention, as the veteran sits just one shot back.
Ben Kohles is perhaps a lesser known name who is also at five-under with Furyk, Greg Chalmers and Tag Ridings. But the 23-year-old American has plenty of game and was among the talented 2012 graduating class from the Web.com Tour.
Who has the best chance to capture his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday?
Defending champion Luke Donald didn't make a bogey all day, tightened up his long game and improved his putting, sinking four birdies on the way to a four-under 67.
Donald's round left something to be desired in a sense, though, as he failed to capitalize on any of the four par-fives. Still, he is a major factor and looks poised to capture the trophy in Palm Harbor once again.
Another American prodigy in teenager Jordan Spieth is two strokes back. He captivated the gallery with his brilliant hole-in-one at the Puerto Rico Open, where he ultimately fell one stroke short of champion Scott Brown. That momentum is clearly carrying over to this week's higher-profile event for Spieth.
After leading the first two days of the tournament, PGA rookie Shawn Stefani bogeyed four of his first nine holes but showed resilience to join Donald and others at four-under.
Here is a look at some of Saturday's best highlights, courtesy of PGATOUR.com.
Get a load of this stellar approach from Leonard at the par-four 12th hole, as he manages to convert on the short hole and grab his fourth birdie in five holes.
Let's give some love to the co-leading Coetzee, who got a wonderful boost from this sensational putt at the front of the par-four No. 7 green.
Furyk finishes in style at the last hole, nearly holing out for an eagle before tapping in for birdie at the par-four.
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