Piercy, Campbell ahead in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Chad Campbell made a double bogey on the par-5 16th, then birdied the 18th for a 4-under 67 and a share of the third-round lead with Scott Piercy on Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Piercy – a Las Vegas native whose wife, Sara, delivered son Jett on Thursday night – had a 65 to match Campbell, a former UNLV player, at 17-under 196 at TPC Summerlin.
Martin Laird (67) was a stroke back, and 2007 winner George McNeill (63), Jason Bohn (65), Jeff Klauk (66) and Bob Heintz (68) followed at 15 under.
After eagling the par-4 12th and adding birdies on 13 and 15, Campbell dropped two strokes with the double bogey on 16.
“I was pretty upset with myself after that kind of a bad shot,” said Campbell, who won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2007. “I was aiming 20 feet right of the hole, but pulled it toward the pin and low. Unfortunately, it didn’t carry. That’s the way it goes. But it was nice to end on a birdie.”
Piercy, winless on the PGA Tour, had seven birdies and a bogey. He also topped the leaderboard after three rounds in his last start, but closed with a 73 to tie for 12th at Turning Stone on Oct. 3.
“It’s definitely been a roller coaster,” Piercy said. “I think early in the week it was the anticipation of having the baby. And I think emotionally that wears you down. Yesterday, I really felt emotionally drained. I had nothing in the tank.
“The golf course has been kind of a quiet retreat from everything; that I can just kind of punk up and down the fairway and take my time doing nothing.”
McNeill had eight birdies in his bogey-free round.
“I have a good feeling when I come here,” said McNeill, who missed the cuts in his previous four tour events. “It’s always nice to go back to places you played well. That’s what I feel like when I show up here. Obviously, my first year winning, and then last year I think I finished 15th.”
Charley Hoffman (64) was in a group at 14 under with first-round leaders Troy Matteson (70) and Tom Pernice Jr. (68).
Rickie Fowler (69), the 2008 college player of the year as a freshman at Oklahoma State, was 13 under along with Kirk Triplett (66), U.S. Presidents Cup player Hunter Mahan (67), Greg Chalmers (67) and former UNLV player Ryan Moore (70).