The Roundup: Wide Open

The Roundup: Wide Open
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With preferred lies in effect, World No. 98 Billy Horschel crafted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship, dropping three places into a three-way T5 on 17-under 199, one back of a 4-ball of 54-hole co-leaders.

Playing out of the final threesome with 18- and 36-hole leader Troy Merritt, the 31-year-old found 11 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 1.412 strokes off-the-tee and 2.451 tee-to-green. He conjured four birdies, two of those 2-putt varieties, and the other two from inside of six feet. The Floridian posted a pedestrian 1.882 putts per GIR and -1.355 SG: Putting, needing 33 total putts. With only two players in the OWGR top 100 in the field, he's the top-ranked player remaining after World No. 91 James Hahn missed the 36-hole cut. The Florida alum is blemish-free for his last 45 holes and is chasing his sixth TOUR title in 198 events, second this season in 20 starts. He won this year's Zurich teamed with Scott Piercy and his last individual win was the 2017 Byron Nelson (come from behind).
Jul 21 - 9:36 PM

Making his tournament debut and with preferred lies in effect, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 358 Tom Lovelady enjoyed a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to post 18-under 198, up five spots on the round and good for a share of the 54-hole lead with three others, including Troy Merritt, who he'll be paired with in the penultimate twosome in Round 4.

This is the Alabama alum's first lead/co-lead after any round in his 25th event and is eyeing his first TOUR title. His career best (and lone top 10) is T5 at the opposite-field Corales 12 starts ago. The 24-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in two days (July 23rd), hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.869 strokes around and 2.916 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9 (tee ball in the water), camouflaged by six birdies, including four straight at 14-17, adding eagle-3 at 6 from 13'7". Lovelady recorded 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.180 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Jul 21 - 9:24 PM

With preferred lies in effect, World No. 704 Hunter Mahan smoothed a season-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship for a 54-hole total of 18-under 198, up six places on the round and good for a share of the lead with three others, including Robert Streb, who he'll be paired with in the final twosome in Round 4.

The 36-year-old is chasing his seventh TOUR title in 396 events, first since the 2014 Barclays where he came from behind. This is just his second career 54-hole lead/co-lead, joining the 2011 TOUR Championship where he finished P2 after a 1-over 71. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, the Oklahoma State product striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit all 18 greens in regulation, gaining 2.184 strokes approaching and 4.404 tee-to-green. He circled eight birdies, including a birdie-birdie finish, recording 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.692 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. This is Mahan's first time in the top 10 thru 54 holes since the 2014-15 Frys.com Open.
Jul 21 - 9:10 PM

With preferred lies in effect, first- and second-round leader and World No. 327 Troy Merritt bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship, dipping into a four-way tie for the lead on 18-under 198.

After opening with 62-67, the Boise State product led by two over two players. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.862 approaching and 3.232 tee-to-green. The 32-year-old carded five birdies, including four birdie-4s, taking some luster off with two bogeys at holes 3 and 11 (3-putt from 31'8"). He posted 1.800 putts per GIR and -3.136 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. This is the Iowa native's third 54-hole lead/co-lead in 178 events, previously 1-for-2 converting. He won the 2015 Quicken Loans by three as a 54-hole co-leader, closing with 4-under 67 to win his first (and lone) TOUR title.
Jul 21 - 8:51 PM

Making his tournament debut and with preferred lies in effect, World No. 262 Robert Streb painted a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship for a 54-hole tally of 18-under 198, up 10 places on the round, matching the low lap in R3 with two others, and a share of the lead with three others, including Hunter Mahan, who he'll be paired with in the final twosome in Round 4.

This is the Kansas State alum's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 159 events. He's chasing his second TOUR title to augment his win at the 2015 McGladrey Classic, where he came from five back and won a 3-man playoff. The 31-year-old ties his career low shot three other times, most recently at the 2016 PGA Championship/R2. After kicking off with 67-68, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 2.300 strokes on approach. The Oklahoma native carded nine birdies, four from between 10 and 19 feet, registering 1.471 putts per GIR and 3.313 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Jul 21 - 8:35 PM

With preferred lies in effect, World No. 445 Blayne Barber twirled a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to post 17-under 199, up 18 places to T1, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Sam Ryder and matching the low round of the day thus far, also with Ryder. UPDATE: With R3 completed, Barber is T5, one short of four co-leaders.

This was the 28-year-old's 295th career lap and ties a career low shot in R1 of the 2017 RSM. After eating a double bogey-6 in R1, he's now played his last 42 holes in blemish-free 18-under and is eyeing his first TOUR title in 101 events. The Auburn alum's career best is P2 at the above-mentioned RSM and if this co-lead holds up, it'll be his first at any point after Rounds 1 thru 3. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he gained 3.824 strokes approaching and 5.225 tee-to-green. The Florida native carded nine birdies, three of those 2-putt varieties, and the rest from inside of 14 feet. He posted 1.600 putts per GIR and 0.834 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Jul 21 - 7:49 PM

Making his tournament debut and with preferred lies in effect, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 202 Sam Ryder hung up a bogey-free, 9-under-par 30-33=63 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to reach 17-under 199, up 18 spots on the live leaderboard to T1, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Blayne Barber and matching the low round of the day thus far, also with Barber. UPDATE: With R3 completed, Ryder is T5, one back of a 4-ball of 54-hole leaders.

This was the Stetson alum's 69th career lap and a new career low, eclipsing 64 in the final round of the Travelers four starts ago. If the co-lead holds up, it'll be his first lead/co-lead after any round in his 24th career event. The Floridian, who arrived off a career-best T2 at last week's John Deere, opened with twin 68s and hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 3.181 approaching and 4.615 tee-to-green. He circled nine birdies, three of those 2-putt varieties, and connected on three from between 10 and 17 feet. The 28-year-old, who's 10 days younger than Barber, recorded 1.647 putts per GIR and 1.490 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Jul 21 - 7:46 PM

Overnight co-leader Zach Johnson swallowed a 1-over-par 34-38=72 during day three of The 147th Open, falling to sixth place on the leaderboard as he enters the finale just four off the pace on 5-under 208.

ZJ continued to spray it off the tee, splitting just six (of 15) fairways today. On the week he ranks T112th in that regard (21/45, 46.7%). It finally caught up with him today as he couldn't recover from the fescue and bunkers that he continued to find himself in. It wasn't all bad for the American who bombed home a 45-footer at the par-5 sixth for an eagle and added a birdie at the seventh. Things went south on the back nine, though, with bogeys at 11 and 17 in addition to a double bogey at the 12th. His putter couldn't bail him out today as he took 32 swipes by day's end. Despite the sour finish, ZJ will still enter R4 inside the top 10. It's the sixth time over the last eight Open Championships that he's been T13 or better after 54 holes.
Jul 21 - 3:45 PM
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