Shell Houston Open 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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Shell Houston Open 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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Bill Haas and Stewart Cink reign atop a log-jammed leaderboard at 11 under par after Round 3 of the Shell Houston Open.

Several prominent players capitalized on moving day at the Shell Houston Open, but none did so better than Haas. The 2011 FedEx Cup champion fired a five-under round of 67 that could have been even lower.

While Haas played the par-fives at even par, he got hot in the middle of his day, birdieing fix of six holes between holes No. 6 and 11. Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman pointed out an interesting storyline that a Haas victory would provide:

Cink triumphed at the 2009 British Open, but he hasn't won on Tour since. This is a welcome return to form for the man who ranks 12th on the career money list, as he and Haas fed off of each other's momentum.

Check out this star-studded leaderboard, which is filled with past major champions. A staggering 15 players lurk just two shots off the lead. Head over to PGA.com for the complete scores.

Position Player Rounds Total
T1 Bill Haas
68-70-67
-11
T1 Stewart Cink
71-66-68
-11
T3 Ben Crane
69-70-67 -10
T3 Steve Wheatcroft 67-67-72 -10
T3 Jason Kokrak
66-69-71
-10
T3 D.A. Points 64-71-71 -10
T7 Louis Oosthuizen
70-72-65
-9
T7 Keegan Bradley
70-70-67
-9
T7 Lee Westwood
68-72-67
-9
T7 Angel Cabrera
66-72-69
-9
T7 Bud Cauley
68-74-65
-9

 

The 35-year-old veteran Wheatcroft didn't even qualify for this event until Monday, but he is clearly making the most of the opportunity in Humble. After holding his first lead on the PGA Tour after Round 2, Wheatcroft hung tough amidst a flurry of dangerous pursuers for the most part.

Unfortunately, a skulled sand shot from the greenside bunker at the last hole led to a bogey. He's still just one shot off the lead, though.

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Jason Kokrak played alongside Wheatcroft in the final group, as both are in pursuit of their maiden Tour victories. He also made the most of his round with clutch par saves to get to 10 under. Kokrak is joined at 10 under by Ben Crane and D.A. Points, who continues to battle after a sensational 64 on Thursday.

A sparkling 65 allowed Louis Oosthuizen to shoot up the leaderboard after two rounds in the 70s. Oosthuizen made no bogies and seven birdies as he continues to be one of the streakiest but best players in the world.

Keegan Bradley and Lee Westwood posted matching 67s to figure prominently into the hunt, while two-time major champion Angel Cabrera hit an outstanding approach to the final hole to join the cluster at nine under.

Plenty of birdies were to be had on Saturday at Redstone Golf Club, so here is a look at some of the best highlights, courtesy of PGATOUR.com.

 

Highlights

Haas nearly aced the par-three 14th hole with this beautiful tee shot that comes to rest just a foot away from the cup. He played the par threes in three-under on Saturday.

A massive drive by the long-hitting Cabera sets up a critical birdie on the par-four No. 18 to push him just two strokes off the pace. 

Often criticized for his slow play, Crane is a hard-working, humorous player who is excellent at grinding through difficult rounds. He got a bonus here at the par-three seventh, draining a slippery 30-footer.


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