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Saturday, May 18, 2013

HP Byron Nelson Championship - Round 3

Keegan Bradley continues to lead the HP Byron Nelson Championship with 18 holes to play, but the margin has shrunk to one over Sang-Moon Bae. What's more, it looks like the final round will include heavy wind in the 30 MPH + range.

Here are a few thoughts from Saturday leading into Sunday:

  • Our pre-tourney favorite and one-and-done pick Jason Day finally showed up with a 4-under to make a big move inside the top 20. Sunday's weather could mean a myriad of things for Day. He could shoot another 3 or 4-under and steal a top five or could shoot a 74 and finish outside the top 50. Either way, I'm feeling much better about him than I did 20 holes ago when it wasn't certain he would even see the weekend.
  • There are all sorts of dynamics at the top of the leaderboard. My gut (which is dangerous) is that Bradley won't close the deal tomorrow, but I'm not sure I trust Bae or Gillis given the weather. Guys that intrigue me tomorrow include Harris English and Charl Schwartzel (T5), and D.A. Points (T10). It's not impossible that someone five back could shoot 2-under tomorrow and win with the weather. 
  • Yahoo! lineup will be heavily Aussie with Day and Marc Leishman (a noted wind player) joining Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley. 

Could be an interesting final round.....

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