After the first two rounds, Louis Oosthuizen claimed the tournament’s mark for scoring. With efforts of 65-63 (a total of 128, -16), the South African had distanced himself a little from the rest of the field. Adam Scott was the co-leader after Day 1. After the second round, Oosthuizen had no one within five shots.
Then along came Lee Westwood…
Playing a flawless third round, Westwood jumped 11 spots in order to sit along side Oosthuizen as co-leader of the WGC-HSBC Champions. Westwood carded a remarkable 11 birdies during his third round, and, more importantly, no bogeys. For the round, Westwood was -6 on the front nine and -5 on the back. That’s showing consistency. The leading score for the two is at -18.
Hard to believe that Westwood’s 61 was not the best round of the day. That honor went to Brandt Snedeker who came awfully close to a 59. Yes, a 59, that at one time mythical score.
Like Westwood, Snedeker did not have a bogey on his scorecard. The only difference between the two rounds was an eagle that Sneds posted on the par-5 15th. His chances for that 59 skirted just off the right side of the hole on the 18th after his attempt to hole the putt from about 15 feet. Snedeker is at -13, 5 strokes behind the leaders. He also made a charge on Moving Day, that’s for sure.
Snedeker’s 60 is at WGC record for low round.
With scoring the way it has been, you cannot count anyone within the final four groups out of the running. Aside from Westwood and Oosthuizen, there is Phil Mickelson at -15, and the trio of Bill Haas, Ernie Els and Ian Poulter sitting at -14 as well. Joining Snedeker is the third to last group will be Carl Pettersson and Gaganjeet Bhullar. Petteersson and Bhullar are at -12. The group that will go off prior to them, defending champ Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott and Scott Piercy are all resting at -12, too.
Twelve players within six shots can make for a ton of position changing when the final round begins later this evening. I imagine that tournament organizers are absolutely loving this set of circumstances.
To catch some highlights from Round 3…