Zurich Classic 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IApril 27, 2013

AVONDALE, LA - APRIL 27:  Lucas Glover reacts after a putt on the 15th hole during the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 27, 2013 in Avondale, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Lucas Glover fired a two-under 70 Saturday at the TPC Louisiana to extend his lead at the Zurich Classic over four golfers by two strokes.

There are 10 golfers within four strokes of the lead after a day that was ripe for low scores.

Tianlang Guan did not take advantage of the scoring conditions as the 14-year-old fired a 77 to sit at two-over for the tournament. 

Take a look at the leaderboard, and then the recap of the Round 3 action. 


Round 3 Leaderboard—2013 Zurich Classic

Pos. Player Total Today Rd. 1 Rd. 2
1. Lucas Glover -14 -2 65 67
T2.  Kyle Stanley  -12 -7 72 67
T2. Jimmy Walker -12 -6 67 71
T2. Billy Horschel -12 -6 67 71
T2. D.A. Points -12 -2 66 68
6. Kevin Stadler  -11  -7 68  72 
T7. Henrik Norlander  -10 -7 71 70 
T7. Ricky Barnes -10  -6  64 76 
T7. Ken Looper  -10  -5  73  66 
T7. Boo Weekley -10 +1 65 68

*View the full leaderboard at PGA.com.

*All stats via PGATour.com.

Scoring conditions were nearly ideal Saturday, and the early rounds reflected that. Kevin Stadler and Kyle Stanley both used this to their advantage as they flew up the leaderboard by firing seven-under 65s to miss out on the course record by just one stroke.

Stanley birdied No. 18 to cap off his remarkable round and enter as the clubhouse leader at 12-under.

Stanley had just one bogey on the day, but he also had an eagle. He is not driving the ball all that well, but he is on target with his irons and putter. 

That flat iron has been letting him down as he's struggled recently, but he's been on point here. He has 1.5 strokes gained-putting for this tournament.

Stanley, who won his first tour event last year, has been struggling this year. He's missed the cut in five of his eight events heading into this one.  

However, he's been undeterred and working on his game, as Nike Golf tweeted with this post-round quote from Stanley: 

Not to be outdone was Kevin Stadler. His 65 pushed him to 11-under for the tournament, and with approach shots and putts like this from No. 13, it is no surprise:

These low scores put early pressure on the front runners. Glover handled it well. Boo Weekly, who started the day in second at 11-under—not so much. 

Weekly was far from terrible, but his putter let him down. Weekly fired a one-over 73 to fall to 10-under. 

Meanwhile his playing partner, Glover, was a bit up and down, but he managed to hold onto the lead. 

He finished the front side two-under with three birdies and a bogey, and then a birdie on No. 18 helped him finish off the back at even par. 

The reason for Glover's success is simple, and we can see why in this highlight from the par-four, eighth hole.

Glover has always been a wonderful ball striker, so his approach is no surprise. However, it is the fact that he drilled his nine-foot birdie putt that has propelled him to the top of this tournament.

However, that putter began to fail him a bit on the back. It will be interesting to see if this erodes his confidence and if that will lead to the player who is 182nd in strokes gained-putting to blow his lead.

There are certainly a host of golfers ready to catch him.

Billy Horschel, who fired a 66 Saturday, is a golfer to watch. Horschel has been painfully close to winning his first tour event lately as he's been in wonderful form—a fact highlighted by this tweet from the PGA Tour:

Meanwhile, far off the lead but grabbing a lot of attention was Guan.

Having become the youngest player to ever make a cut in a PGA Tour event, Guan suffered his worst round of the tournament. Being hurt by his lack of length, he was off a bit with his accuracy and his wonderful short game would not allow him to beat the 77 he carded. 

Don't let that round diminish the stunning accomplishments of this youngster. 

Here's a great look at the youngsters fluid swing displaying his great shoulder turn.

Guan won't be a factor Sunday, but a host of other guys will. We are headed to another dynamic finish at Zurich Classic. 


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