HP Byron Nelson 2013: Breaking Down Top of Leaderboard Entering Sunday

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 19, 2013

IRVING, TX - MAY 18:  Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea hits a shot during the third round of the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort on May 18, 2013 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The HP Byron Nelson Championship has featured a number of impressive rounds heading into Sunday, and a few players have shot up the leaderboard because of them.

Although Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson aren’t in the tournament, it’s still been a great first three rounds.  A number of guys have stepped up big, and it’s shaping up to be quite the finish in the final round.

Let’s take a look at how the top golfers have done so far through the first three rounds.


Keegan Bradley (-13)

The second and third rounds have been solid from Bradley, but nothing compares to his incredible first round.  

Bradley went off to start the round.  In the first seven holes, he birdied five of them.  He then went on to birdie three out of four holes on the second, fourth and fifth holes and then closed out with an eagle and two birdies.  He finished the round 10-under par, shooting a 60.

Thanks to the great first round, Bradley is on top of the leaderboard.  A victory would be his fourth win in his PGA Tour career.  After being the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2011, it seems like Bradley is quickly becoming a star in golf.


Sang-Moon Bae (-12)

Bae is Another young golfer who’s been playing well this weekend.  He has looked superb through three rounds, making 16 birdies and only four bogeys.

Just one stroke behind the leader, Bae is searching for his first career win in the PGA Tour.  He’s had quite a bit of success in the Asian Tour and OneAsia Tour but has yet to win on this stage.  Back in March 2012, he was able to make it to a four-man playoff at the Transitions Championship but lost.

A win for Bae would officially get his PGA career rolling.  He has showed some serious talent on the golf course but has yet to show it off with a victory.


Tom Gillis (-11)

At 44 years old, Gillis has had several stints in the PGA but has spent a large part of his time in the Nationwide Tour and European Tour.

Gillis had his best round on Friday.  He shot a 63 for the day for seven-under par.  In his first nine holes, Gillis shot a 30 with five birdies and no bogeys.  He finished his day with three more birdies and just one bogey.

Although Gillis has never won a PGA Tour tournament, he came close, tying for second in 2012 at the Honda Classic.  He’s struggled to stay on the tour consistently, but a win here could help him quite a bit.


Scott Piercy (-10)

Known on the tour for his baseball grip, Piercy has looked good in this tournament and is just three strokes behind the leader.

While no round has really stood out, Piercy has played consistently well throughout the tournament.  He’s had 14 birdies to go with four bogeys and has been solid all weekend.  He’s showed some impressive driving ability, averaging 313.5 yards per drive.

If he can pull it off, this would be Piercy’s third win on the PGA tour.  He won the Reno-Tahoe Open and RBC Canadian Open in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  He needs to play exceptionally well on Sunday, but he has shown some solid consistency throughout the tourney.