Tracker: Bogey-free after 54, Noh leads Zurich

Seung-Yul Noh during the third round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Seung-Yul Noh during the third round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ben Martin entered Saturday's third round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a three-shot lead, having followed up a course-record 62 with a 67 – but gave way to Seung-Yul Noh, who has yet to card a bogey this week during "moving day" on PGA Tour.

Noh posted his second 65 of the week for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley, while Martin's 1-over 73 dropped him four shots back.

Recap the highlights of Saturday's third round from TPC Avondale right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage!

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Update No. 25: 5:52 p.m. EDT

Forced to lay up at the par-5 18th, leader Seung-Yul Noh hits his approach onto the green but a good 25-30 feet from the back-right pin. He rolls that one to about a foot and taps in for par and a 65 – his second of the week as he remains bogey-free through three rounds.

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Update No. 24: 5:31 p.m. EDT

On the 18th green, Keegan Bradley's birdie putt rolls true and falls for a 65 that sends him to the clubhouse alone in second at 16 under. Leader Seung-Yul Noh misses the fairway right and finds the skinny bunker between the fairway and the water.

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Update No. 23: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Seung-Yul Noh is looking for his fourth straight birdie – and oh by the way, hasn't bogeyed yet this week – but settles for par at the 17th to remain 18 under and three shots clear of Keegan Bradley and Robert Streb. Bradley hits his third shot to about 5 feet or so at the par-5 18th and will look to close the gap.

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Update No. 22: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Leader Seung-Yul Noh hits his approach at the par-4 16th to about a foot and taps in to stretch his lead to three shots at 18 under. Robert Streb moves to T-2 at 15 under with a birdie at the 17th, pulling even with Keegan Bradley as they head to the last. First- and second-round leader Ben Martin gives himself a birdie look at the 16th, but misses low and remains in fourth at 14 under.

David Duval birdies the 16th before hitting into the water and double-bogeying the 17th, then birdies again at the par-5 18th for a 70 that sends him to the clubhouse T-19 at 9 under. The Georgia Tech product, in a season in which he has said he must prove himself or consider other endeavors, is looking for his best finish since a T-35 at Pebble Beach.

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Update No. 21: 4:56 p.m. EDT

A second-straight birdie gets Seung-Yul Noh to 17 under and gives him a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley. Robert Streb birdies the 16th to move to T-3 with Ben Martin another shot back.

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Update No. 20: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Seung-Yul Noh misses his birdie try at the 13th but converts one at the par-3 14th to move back out front of Keegan Bradley by one at 16 under. Ben Martin is third at 14 under, 1 over for the day with two bogeys against a birdie.

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Update No. 19: 4:16 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley sticks his approach close – inside 5 feet – at the 490-yard, par-4 15th. (Just like the rest of us, right?) He sinks the putt and ties Seung-Yul Noh for the lead at 15 under. Back at the 13th, Noh hits one close as well, call it inside 10 feet, and has a chance to reclaim the outright lead in a hurry.

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Update No. 18: 4:07 p.m. EDT

Looking for his third straight round in the 60s, David Duval is 2 under for the day after birdies at Nos. 7, 8 and 10 followed by five pars. Duval is T-17 at 9 under.

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Update No. 17: 3:54 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley birdies the 13th to pull within a shot of leader Seung-Yul Noh at 14 under, T-2 with Ben Martin. Noh and Martin par the 11th to stand pat.

Paul Casey birdies the last for a 64 that has him T-5 at 12 under as he heads in.

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Update No. 16: 3:35 p.m. EDT

Two birdies in three holes, combined with a bogey from Ben Martin, put Seung-Yul Noh in the lead at 15 under. Noh, of South Korea, is looking for his first PGA Tour win; his best career finish is fourth at the 2012 AT&T National.

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Update No. 15: 3:24 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 8 again pulls Seung-Yul Noh within a shot of leader Ben Martin – who bogeys No. 9 as the two move into a tie for the lead at 14 under. Keegan Bradley, after a birdie at No. 11, and Robert Streb are a shot back.

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Update No. 14: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Paul Casey has birdied six of his last seven holes to live up to the term "moving day," indeed – he's 7 under through 15 holes and T-4 at 12 under alongside Keegan Bradley and Andrew Svoboda. Tim Wilkinson also is 7 under for his round with two to play, climbing to T-7 at 11 under.

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Update No. 13: 2:51 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 7 restores a little breathing room for leader Ben Martin, back to two shots ahead of Seung-Yul Noh (who pars No. 7 for the first time this week) and Robert Streb.

Bradley had gotten his day started with a long birdie putt of more than 40 feet, and hadn't looked back while steadily climbing the leaderboard – until bogeying No. 9 to slip to 12 under. Andrew Svoboda birdies No. 7 and gets back to 12 under, T-4 with Bradley.

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Update No. 12: 2:38 p.m. EDT

The crowd a shot back of leader Ben Martin grows to three, as Keegan Bradley and Robert Streb birdie the eighth and seventh, respectively, to move to T-2 at 13 under with Seung-Yul Noh.

Andrew Svoboda bogeys the sixth to fall to 11 under and T-5 with J.B. Holmes and Jeff Overton.

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Update No. 11: 2:27 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the players in the Zurich Classic field who are in the top 35 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:

  • 13. Justin Rose: T-33, 7 under (1 under through 10 holes today)
  • 17. Graham DeLaet: T-23, 8 under (1 under through nine)
  • 23. Charley Hoffman: T-12, 9 under (even through seven)
  • 26. Ryan Palmer: MC
  • 30. Keegan Bradley: T-3, 12 under (3 under through seven)
  • 35. J.B. Holmes: T-5, 11 under (3 under through eight)

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Update No. 10: 2:18 p.m. EDT

Seung-Yul Noh birdies No. 5 to pull to 13 under, within a shot of leader Ben Martin – who might need to find his first birdie of the day fairly soon, as Noh has birdied No. 7 twice this week.

Robert Streb birdies No. 6 after five pars to start his round and climbs to T-3 at 12 under with Keegan Bradley and Andrew Svoboda.

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Update No. 9: 2:04 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson and Andres Romero join Rory Sabbatini at 6 under for the day, as well as at T-12 at 9 under.

Andrew Svoboda bogeys No. 4 and follows with a par to fall two back of leader Ben Martin, T-2 at 12 under alongside Keegan Bradley and Seung-Yul Noh.

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Update No. 8: 1:47 p.m. EDT

Five straight birdies at Nos. 11-15 and another at No. 17 have Rory Sabbatini T-11 at 9 under, five back of leader Ben Martin.

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Update No. 7: 1:32 p.m. EDT

Leader Ben Martin bogeys the second hole to slip to 14 under, his lead down to a shot over Andrew Svoboda.

Two shots back: Keegan Bradley, still rising after birdieing No. 4 for the third of his round, and Seung-Yul Noh. Keep an eye on both: Bradley is 9 under for his last 18, while Noh has yet to bogey this week.

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Update No. 6: 1:14 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley's second birdie of the day comes at No. 3 and bumps him up to T-4 with Robert Streb at 11 under, four shots back of leader Ben Martin.

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Update No. 5: 1:05 p.m. EDT

As leader Ben Martin starts his day with a par to remain 15 under, Andrew Svoboda birdies to narrow the margin to two shots and Seung-Yul Noh birdies No. 1 as well to move to solo third at 12 under.

Keegan Bradley opens with a birdie as well and follows with a par; he's T-5 at 10 under alongside Erik Compton, Peter Hanson, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley. Robert Streb is a shot better in fourth.

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Update No. 4: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Another set of back-to-back birdies for Freddie Jacobson, at Nos. 16-17, boost his round to 5 under and lift him to T-13 at 8 under. Rory Sabbatini and Kyle Stanley are 4 under through five and six holes, respectively, rising to T-19 at 7 under and T-5 at 10 under.

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Update No. 3: 12:27 p.m. EDT

TPC Avondale might be set up favorably for scoring today, judging by the numbers so far. Twelve players are 2 under with Freddie Jacobson 3 under, while the worst score so far belongs to 10 players at 1 over.

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Update No. 2: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson, who's been quietly effective this season at 59th in FedEx Cup points, birdies Nos. 10, 11 and 14 to get his round 3 under through five holes. He moves to T-24 at 6 under. Troy Matteson bogeys No. 16 to slip back to T-24 as well.

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Update No. 1: 12:03 p.m. EDT

Troy Matteson gets the day going in the right direction with birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 15 to get his round to 3 under through six holes and move to T-12 at 7 under. Bud Cauley starts with birdies at Nos. 1-2 to also move to T-12 at 7 under.

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Friday's coverage

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• Tracker: Martin holds onto Zurich Classic lead Tour graduate Ben Martin, seeking his first PGA Tour win, built on his course-record 62 with a second-round 67 to hold onto the lead Friday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Andrew Svoboda mounted a late charge to move to second, but a bogey at the last gave him a 68 to leave him at 12 under. Seung-Yul Noh is third at 11 under after a 68 as well. Recap all the second-round highlights from TPC Avondale right here.

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Ben Martin broke the TPC Louisiana course record by two shots in taking a two-shot lead at the Zurich Classic on Thursday. Martin's 10-under 62 was bogey free and saw him sprint past Andrew Svoboda, who set the early pace with an 8-under 64 that tied the course record. Here are 5 Things to know from Thursday's first round:

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