Tracker: 4-way tie atop Colonial leaderboard
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The third-round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial yielded continually changing ties for the lead as "moving day" on Tour saw four players end the day atop the board: Chad Campbell, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud and David Toms. Some of the big names within striking distance include Jason Dufner and World No. 1 Adam Scott.
Recap the third-round highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage of the week at Colonial Country Club!
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Update No. 23: 7:12 p.m. EDT
A solid drive, sound approach shot and true putt gets Chris Stroud a birdie at the last to regain a share of the lead at the end of Saturday's third round. That'll have him start Sunday alongside Chad Campbell, Hideki Matsuyama and David Toms atop the leaderboard. The four will be a shot ahead of six players: Kevin Chappell, Tim Clark, Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, Marc Leishman and Jimmy Walker. Two shots back when final-round play begins will be a group of seven that includes Jason Dufner and Adam Scott.
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Update No. 22: 6:49 p.m. EDT
If anyone's to take the lead outright going into the third round it'll be co-leader Chris Stroud, who has two holes left to play. But he misses the green at the 17th and can't get up and down, carding a bogey that drops him into a group of seven players T-4 at 6 under. He'll need birdie at the last to break par for the round and climb back into the lead.
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Update No. 21: 6:33 p.m. EDT
After a rain delay of about an hour, co-leader Chad Campbell pars the last for a 68 to head in at 7 under, where Hideki Matsuyama and David Toms also ended their day; Chris Stroud is also 7 under, with three holes left for him to play.
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Update No. 20: 5:09 p.m. EDT
The co-leaders are narrowed to four, with Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud still playing at 7 under while Hideki Matsuyama and David Toms are in the clubhouse on that mark.
Jason Dufner bogeys No. 5 and pars in for a 1-under 69 that has him two shots back of the lead and T-11.
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Update No. 19: 4:35 p.m. EDT
Bogeys at No. 13 drop Chad Campbell and Jimmy Walker back to 7 under, creating another five-way tie for the lead with Chris Stroud, Hideki Matsuyama and David Toms – the latter two in the clubhouse on that mark. Seven players are a shot back, with six players including Jason Dufner and Adam Scott two shots back.
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Update No. 18: 4:03 p.m. EDT
Chad Campbell and Jimmy Walker break free of the bunch at 7 under, birdieing No. 11 to move the lead figure to 8 under. They're a shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud and David Toms, with three more players two shots back.
Toms has a career milestone on the line, as our senior writer Adam Schupak points out via his Twitter account, @GolfweekSchupak: "Co-leader @davidtomsgolf needs to earn about $110,000 this week @CrownePlazaInv to become a $40 Million Man in career @PGATOUR earnings."
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Update No. 17: 3:50 p.m. EDT
Quite a leaderboard at this point – with a six-way tie for the lead at 7 under. That pack includes Chad Campbell, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud, David Toms, Bo Van Pelt and Jimmy Walker. Kevin Chappell and Aaron Baddeley are one shot back, with nine players T-9 at 5 under (including Jason Dufner, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth) and eight players T-18 at 4 under.
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Update No. 16: 3:35 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth gets his round under par with a birdie at the 11th, bumping up to T-10 at 5 under and pulling within two shots of the lead. Spieth had started the round birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie, then settled in with six straight pars.
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Update No. 15: 3:19 p.m. EDT
After a bogey-birdie sequence earlier in his round, Jason Dufner birdies No. 7 and adds another at No. 10 to pull within a shot of the lead at 6 under. Dufner, an Auburn product, might not know it but his Tigers are in the thick of things at the men's NCAA championships as the rain-delayed first round is wrapping up and second-round play is set to begin soon.
Chad Campbell joins the lead pack as a birdie at No. 8 ties him with Hideki Matsuyama, David Toms and Jimmy Walker.
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Update No. 14: 3:04 p.m. EDT
David Toms moves into a share of the lead at 7 under alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Jimmy Walker. Of the lead threesome, Matsuyama is the only one finished as he closed birdie-par-par for a 64 that's second only to Kevin Chappell's 63 earlier. Second-round leader Brice Garnett falls a shot back with a bogey at No. 4 and is T-4 at 6 under with five others including Marc Leishman, who had been tied for the lead before bogeying No. 12.
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Update No. 13: 2:41 p.m. EDT
This is anybody's ball game, folks. Brice Garnett, Hideki Matsuyama and Jimmy Walker are tied for the lead at 7 under. Behind them are seven players T-4 just a shot back, with three more T-11 two shots back and 10 more T-14 three shots back.
World No. 1 Adam Scott is among the three players at 5 under, with three birdies in his first four holes and just one the rest of the way as he carded a bogey-free 66.
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Update No. 12: 2:24 p.m. EDT
Hideki Matsuyama and Jimmy Walker tie Brice Garnett for the lead with birdies at Nos. 16 and 3 respectively. Matsuyama is 6 under for his round with a chance to match Kevin Chappell's 63 earlier, while Walker is 2 under in the early going. Garnett parred the first hole.
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Update No. 11: 2:09 p.m. EDT
Tim Clark takes a share of the lead with birdies on his first two holes to move to 7 under alongside Brice Garnett, but bogeys No. 3 to slide back to 6 under and T-2 with seven others: Chad Campbell, Kevin Chappell, Hideki Matsuyama, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, David Toms and Jimmy Walker. Walker, a Baylor product who has already won three times on Tour this season, birdied No. 2.
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Update No. 10: 1:31 p.m. EDT
Hideku Matsuyama birdies No. 11 and follows with a par as he moves to T-5 at 5 under, bogey-free and 4 under for his round. Matsuyama is looking for his first Tour win, his best career finish a T-3 at the Frys.com Open to start this season.
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Update No. 9: 1:10 p.m. EDT
For the second time today, Adam Scott runs off three straight pars; he remains among nine players T-5 at 5 under, two back of leader Brice Garnett.
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Update No. 8: 1:03 p.m. EDT
The second-best score of the day, three shots off Kevin Chappell's 63, is 66 – which belongs to Russell Knox and David Lingmerth, both of whom move to T-22 at 3 under.
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Update No. 7: 12:46 p.m. EDT
Let's check in on how players in this week's field who are among the top of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are faring this week at Colonial.
- 1. Matt Kuchar: MC (72-70)
- 2. Adam Scott: T-5, 5 under (4 under through nine today)
- 8. Jim Furyk: T-62, 1 over (3 over through five)
- 10. Zach Johnson: T-52, even (1-under 69 today)
- 12. Jordan Spieth: T-13, 4 under (67-69)
- 13. Hunter Mahan: T-21, 3 under (66-71)
- 15. Bill Haas: T-21, 3 under (70-68)
- 19. Charley Hoffman: T-52, even (2 over through five)
- 20. Hideki Matsuyama: T-13, 4 under (3 under through nine)
- 22. Dustin Johnson: T-5, 5 under (65-70)
- 23. Jason Dufner: T-13, 4 under (67-69)
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Update No. 7: 12:21 p.m. EDT
Kevin Chappell plays his final seven holes in 1 over to wrap up a 63 that vaults him to T-2 at 6 under as he heads in, one back of leader Brice Garnett.
Adam Scott pars three straight from Nos. 5-7 to remain T-12 at 4 under, having birdied Nos. 1, 2 and 4 to start his day.
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Update No. 6: 12:01 p.m. EDT
Facing a challenge from Henrik Stenson for the No. 1 spot in the OWGR, Adam Scott is defending his place quite well today – the Aussie is 3 under through five holes as he moves to T-12 at 4 under. Scott, who played collegiately at UNLV, is looking for his first win of the PGA Tour season.
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Update No. 5: 11:54 a.m. EDT
Kevin Chappell's run at 59 is all but over with pars at the 15th and 16th, leaving him 7 under with two to play for the day. Still, it's one strong "moving day" performance as he's jumped 58 spots to T-2 alongside Robert Streb and Chris Stroud, one shot back of leader Brice Garnett.
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Update No. 4: 11:35 a.m. EDT
Kevin Chappell's first bogey of the day comes at the 14th, dropping him from a share of the lead and reducing his shot at a 59 today – he's 7 under for his round with four holes to play, none a par 5. Chappell, looking for his first PGA Tour win, is T-2 alongside Robert Streb and Chris Stroud.
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Update No. 3: 11:21 a.m. EDT
For only the second time today, co-leader Kevin Chappell cards two pars in a row. He's 8 under for his round with five holes to play, tied for the lead with second-round leader Brice Garnett at 7 under.
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Update No. 2: 11:09 a.m. EDT
Co-leader Kevin Chappell has more pars than birdies today, let alone that eagle, as he pars the 12th to remain 8 under for his round and needing to gain three strokes in his final six holes for a 59. He's alongside Brice Garnett at 7 under for the tourney, which gives them a one-shot lead over Robert Streb and Chris Stroud.
Just when you think you've seen it all on Tour, something else unexpected happens. Jimmy Walker decided to play it safe on the par-4 17th with iron off the tee, and a bird whose flight path coincided with his ball's might have reason to be grateful.
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Update No. 1: 11:01 a.m. EDT
It might be the start of the weekend, but Kevin Chappell is all business. The UCLA product made the turn in 29 thanks to four straight birdies before the turh – and is 8 under for the day after an eagle at No. 11. That has moved him into a share of the lead with Brice Garnett at 7 under.
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While the bulk of the leaderboard is star-studded, it was a PGA Tour rookie that took control at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Friday. Brice Garnett fired a 4-under 66 to move to 7 under for the tournament, one better than Chris Stroud and Robert Streb in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are 5 Things to know from Colonial Country Club.
Brice Garnett has waded through the sea of stars at the top of the leaderboard to take the solo lead at 7 under, carding a 4-under 66 Friday that held up for a one-shot lead.
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On a day where only 41 of the 123-player field were in red figures, it was Dustin Johnson that used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance to take a one-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Adam Scott struggled on his opening nine holes behind four bogeys but managed three birdies coming in to salvage a 1-over 71 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
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Given the rash of bogeys, the latest over-par round and the continued frustrations, what Brandt Snedeker didn’t need as he hit balls at the practice range was accompanying music. Snedeker likely didn’t even hear the bagpiper whose chords wafted down from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse; so intent on hitting driver after driver after driver, Snedeker spent a massive amount of energy in a short period of time. A man on a mission, presumably.