Oosthuizen co-leads heading into PGA Tour final round

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – HP Byron Nelson Championship – TPC Four Seasons Resort – Irving, Texas –

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen carded a 64 Saturday during round three action at the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

Oosthuizen is 10-under and tied with 36-hole leader Brandon Todd, who is searching for his first PGA Tour title. Todd, 28, is a former Georgia college player and won last season on the Tour. The pair tees off at 1 p.m. local time in Texas at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.

At 9-under and just a shot back includes long-hitting and World No. 45 Gary Woodland, former Masters champion Mike Weir and James Hahn, who shot 65 Saturday. For Wier, he has not won a title in seven years fighting injuries along the way.

The threat to the leaders might come from the players at 8-under and T-6 which feature three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, Graham DeLaet and Marc Leishman.

Oosthuizen, an 80-to-1 betting selection at heading into the week, has been in position a few times and failed to close out a victory on the PGA Tour. The 2010 Open champion shot 69 to open up at Augusta in April before finishing 25th. He was third in the field in Driving Distance at the Masters.

The South African, who was a Top 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking last year, won the Volvo Golf Champions in January on the European Tour – his 12th career victory. He is 5th this week in Strokes Gained Putting after missing the cut on the PGA Tour in three of his last four starts.

Woodland has been close the last few weeks. At 25-1 odds to win it before the opening round, he might be in the best position as a chaser.

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  • Stacy Lewis, Rolex Ranking No. 2, is among those chasing the 66-1 underdog Salas with 18 holes to play. Lewis and Lydia Ko are 8-under and T-3.
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  • Kenny Perry (7-under) leads the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition with 18 holes to play. Perry, who won two majors in 2013, is trying to win the season’s first major and his first title of 2014. He was a 25-1 betting selection.
  • Jimenez was a 22-1 selection to win in Spain. He again set the record for becoming the oldest player to win on the European Tour at 50 years, 133 days of age.