Jun 29, 2013; Bethesda, MD, USA; Roberto Castro holds up his ball after making par on the 18th hole during the third round of the AT

Roberto Castro Shares 54-Hole Lead at AT&T National

A hot finish by Roberto Castro has put him into a 4-way tie for the 54-hole lead at the 2013 AT&T National from the Congressional Golf Club.

Castro birdied holes 16 and 17 before an 80-foot chip in for par from off the green on the 18th to finish his third round with an even par total of 71 to share the lead with Jams Driscoll, Bill Haas and Andres Romero at 7-under par for the tournament.

“Over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch,” Castro told PGATOur.com.  “I don’t see it being easy out here. So mine just came early today, and I just tried to survive it.”

Jordan Spieth who was leading after round two got off to the perfect start with back-to-back birdies on Saturday but struggled for the rest of the round as he shot a 3-over (74), but the 19-year-old is still only 3-shots back and by no means out of contention.

The biggest talking point of the round came from D.H. Lee who was filmed giving the bird to someone in the gallery. He later told Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel that it was out of frustration and wasn’t directed at anyone in particular. Lee struggled to a 4-over round of 75 putting him out of contention for Sunday.

It promises to be a wide open affair on Sunday, with as many as 14 players within 4 shots of the leaders. Tee-times have been pushed forward and players will play in groups of 3 off both the 1st and 10th tees, with storms predicted for the afternoon in an effort to finish the tournament on Sunday.

If I was forced to lock in a player to win tomorrow it would be Brandt Snedeker. After a good start to the season with a win and 3 top 3 placings from just 5 tournament he hit a speedbump when he suffered a rib injury.

Snedeker has since been playing himself back into form albeit missing cuts, but two under par rounds at Congressional have him right in the mix for tomorrow. A couple of early birdies will sure help, but the 32-year-old is only three shots back and certainly playing well enough to win.

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