Jammed leader board starts year at Open

GTLaction1Third Round — PGA Tour — Open — Silverado Resort and Spa North Course — Napa, California —

Brendan Steele opened the 2015-2016 PGA Tour with a 9-under-63 at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course at the Open.

Steele, who last won on the PGA Tour in 2011, continues to hold the lead through 54 holes in wine country outside San Francisco in Napa, California. At 14-under, Steele leads by a shot in his quest for the first title of the new PGA Tour FedEx Cup season.

Several players made a run on Moving Day Saturday including multiple-time PFedExCupGA Tour champion Kevin Na and Jason Bohn. Both shot 64s to cut into Steele’s lead. Andrew Loupe’s 63 for the best of the day.

Loupe and Na sit just a shot back of Steele.

Bohn is part of the eight players at 12-under that features former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Graham DeLaet and Emiliano Grillo, fresh off his graduate run on the Tour.

Rory McIlroy, the best-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is T-44 at 6-under.

Other Golf News:

  • Lydia Ko (13-under) co-leads at the LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship through 54 holes with an opportunity to win for the 5th time in 2015 and return to Rolex Ranking No. 1 spot. She is tied with Sung-Hyun Park, a 22-year-old from South Korea. Park, making her first LPGA Tour start, has three wins this year including the Korea Women’s Open. Miriam Lee and Lexi Thompson are just one back.
  • England’s Andy Sullivan (18-under) is closing in on his third European Tour victory of 2015. he leads by five shots through three rounds at the Portugal europeantourlogo15Masters. The 29-year-old has five Top 10s this year and ranks 26th in the Race to Dubai standings.
  • Michael Allen and Scott McCarron sit 6-under with 18 holes to play at the Champions Tour’s San Antonio Championship. Fred Couples, Bernhard langer, Scott Dunlap and Wes Short Jr. are just a shot back.
  • The PGA Tour visits Las Vegas next week for the Shriners Hospital for Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin. Rickie Fowler headlines the field.