Third Round – PGA Tour – Zurich Classic of New Orleans – TPC Louisiana – Avondale, Louisiana –
Through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the tournament still seems wide open heading into Sunday’s final round.
After Ben Martin opened with a 62 Thursday at TPC Louisiana, he has slipped back playing under the pressure of capturing his maiden PGA Tour title. He was the only player on the first few pages of the leader board to shoot an over-par round Saturday – carding a 73.
A pair of third-round 65s moved Seung-Yul Noh and Keegan Bradley into the final pairing Sunday.
Searching for his first victory, Noh (18-under) leads the former PGA Championship winner by two shots. Noh is the only player that is bogey-free through 54 holes. He finished 154th on the tour’s Money List a year ago making just 11 of 25 cuts. Putting has been his problem ranking 167th in Strokes Gained Putting in 2013.
This week Noh is 7th this week in Strokes Gained Putting and 7th in Total Putts Distance Made. He made birdies at No. 14-15-16 to take the lead Saturday.
Martin is T-4 alongside Jeff Overton and Andrew Svoboda at 14-under and four back. Paul Casey (64 in round three), Charley Hoffman and Tommy Gainey are all in the Top 10 heading into Sunday.
Ladbrokes.com listed Noh as a 100-to-1 long shot to win the title at the beginning of the week. Bradley, who was 11th on the PGA Tour Money List a season ago and fourth in the All-Around Ranking, was a 20-1 selection.
Look for Sunday pressure (and who handles it best) to decide the championship.
Other Golf News:
- Rolex Ranking No. 3 Stacy Lewis and 4th-ranked Lydia Ko continue to battle for the lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic near San Francisco. At 8-under overall, both were tied for the lead through 15 holes in round three.
- France’s Alexander Levy (16-under) leads the European Tour’s Volvo China Open through three rounds. Ranked 282nd in the world, Levy has a three-shot cushion over Alvaro Quiros in a tournament that featured Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner and Ian Poulter. He was a 100-1 pick at Ladbrokes.com to win the title to start the week.
- Lewis leads the LPGA Tour in Top 10s with six this season in seven starts. The 29-year-old is second in Scoring Average as she looks for her 9th career victory Sunday and first of 2014. She is third in the Race To CME Globe standings.
- Several LPGA Tour favorites attended a Major League Baseball game this week while in the Pacific Northwest. Michelle Wie and Lewis “chipped-off” in the first-pitch ceremony of the San Francisco Giants game.