Third-round action at the AT&T Byron Nelson is in the books, within the lead at 15-under par, breaking the event’s 36-hole scoring record. PGA Tour rookie sits one shot back after an 8-under 63 on Friday.
With plenty of golf still to be played, there are a few names worth looking out for heading into the weekend. If these golfers can correct a few things, they could find themselves in the hunt late Sunday.
Jordan Spieth (8 shots back)
There are few golfers who can overcome an eight-shot deficit, butis one of them. The Trinity Forest member opened the tournament with a nice 69 and followed that with an even better 5-under 66 on Friday despite handing away shots on the green. He lost 1.5 strokes putting in Round 1 and missed a 15-inch putt Friday to go along with an ugly three-putt on his 36th hole. Spieth continues to hit the ball beautifully, so if he cleans up his putting from inside five feet – which doesn’t seem like too much to ask – he is bound to make a run on the weekend.
Adam Scott (5 shots back)
was given a front-row seat to the show in the opening two rounds and did a solid job of keeping up with his fellow countryman. Scott, who sits only five shots back, leads the tournament in strokes gained tee-to-green, while struggling with the flat stick. Since switching to the long putter at the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago, the Aussie has yet to lose strokes putting and will need to turn things around on the greens to keep that streak alive.
Keith Mitchell (6 shots back)
Right behind Scott in strokes gained tee-to-green is, who followed up an opening-round 65 with a 3-under 68 on Friday. The PGA Tour rookie is one of the longest drivers on tour and hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation through two rounds, carding only a single bogey. Mitchell’s tee-to-green game gives him the ability to make birdies in bunches.
Branden Grace (7 shots back)
With the Texas windsin Round 3, should be able to take advantage of the tougher conditions, while others potentially struggle. The South African is known to play well in difficult, windy conditions, apparent when he carded a 62 in Round 3 of last year’s Open Championship. Grace made three costly bogeys in Friday’s back nine but is making more than enough birdies to get back into the mix Sunday.
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