Hossler, Spaun Co-Lead After 54 Holes in Las Vegas

Beau Hossler fired a 5-under-par 66 to move into a share of the lead with J.J. Spaun after three rounds at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open.

The 22-year old Hossler, who got in just before the winds reached their peak of 30-40 mph, posted a bogey-free round, punctuated by a birdie on No. 18 to reach 9 under.

“To get out of there bogey-free is kind of a miracle, to be honest. I hit some nice saves with my short hand and my putter,” said Hossler, who finished T10 in Mississippi last week. “Like I said, if I can go tomorrow and keep the putter rolling, I feel good.”

Co-leader Spaun, playing in the final group with Kelly Kraft (79) and Robert Garrigus (77), got caught in the heaviest winds down the stretch, but survived to finish par-bogey-par over the final three holes, highlighted by a clutch par-saving 10-foot putt on 18.

“But, yeah, I kind of kept things together. Those last five holes were pretty brutal. So to not really give too many shots back on those holes, yeah, it’s not so bad as it looks,” said Spaun, 27, a San Diego State alum.

Tony Finau, one of the tournament favorites, offset a bogey on 12 with a pair of birdies on 13 and 15 to sign for a 2-under 69. The 28-year old is alone in third, and just three shots back at 6 under.

“Just keeping myself in this situation, and how I react. You learn a lot about yourself. I look forward to the challenge tomorrow, and I’m happy to be in contention,” said Finau, who hit 17 of 18 greens on Saturday.

Patrick Cantlay (70) played his first 17 holes to 3 under, and bogey free, but the young star got caught in the brutal winds on the final two holes, and paid for it with a double on 18.

The 25-year old Californian is tied for fourth at 5 under.

Also at 5 under is Chesson Hadley, who made birdies on 13, 15 and 16 to overcome a 1 over front nine and finish 2-under 69. Gary Woodland (68) and Tom Hage (67) are the others at T4.

First-round leader Whee Kim (72) also made a double on 18 to drop to T8, alongside Troy Merritt (70) at 4 under.

Eight players are T10 at 3 under, headlined by Charley Hoffman (71), Bryson DeChambeau (71), and Aaron Baddeley, who also doubled 18 to finish 3-over 74.


TOP 10: ROUND 3

T1 Beau Hossler -9
T1 J.J. Spaun -9
3 Tony Finau -6
T4 Tom Hoge -5
T4 Gary Woodland -5
T4 Chesson Hadley -5
T4 Patrick Cantlay -5
T8 Troy Merritt -4
T8 Whee Kim -4
T10 William McGirt -3
T10 Brian Stuard -3
T10 JT Poston -3
T10 Kevin Tway -3
T10 Bryson DeChambeau -3
T10 Charley Hoffman -3
T10 John Huh -3
T10 Aaron Baddeley -3


ROUND 3 HIGHLIGHTS


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“Yeah, it’s going to be tough. Anytime you’re playing on the PGA Tour or even the Web.com tour, it’s so tough to win. These guys are so good, and the golf course, particularly on the PGA Tour, are very difficult. There is trouble all over. I think it’s so important to have a good game plan and stick it out.”
Beau Hossler, Co-leader after 54 holes


LEADERBOARD

PPLAYERT3
T1Beau Hossler-966
T1J.J. Spaun-973
3Tony Finau-669
T4Tom Hoge-567
T4Gary Woodland-568
T4Chesson Hadley-569
T4Patrick Cantlay-570
T8Troy Merritt-470
T8Whee Kim-472
T10William McGirt-369
T10Brian Stuard-369
T10JT Poston-370
T10Kevin Tway-371
T10Bryson DeChambeau-371
T10Charley Hoffman-371
T10John Huh-371
T10Aaron Baddeley-374
T18A.J. McInerney-270
T18Luke List-270
T18Byeong Hun An-269
T18Ryan Moore-271
T18Ernie Els-271
T18Trey Mullinax-269
T18Seamus Power-271
T18Scott Stallings-268
T18Brandon Harkins-273
T18Scott Piercy-268
T18Kelly Kraft-279
T29Brandon Hagy-171
T29Roberto Diaz-171
T29Anirban Lahiri-171
T29Martin Flores-170
T29Ryan Blaum-172
T29Alex Cejka-172
T29Graeme McDowell-172
T29Aaron Wise-170
T29Adam Schenk-170
T29Webb Simpson-169
T29Patton Kizzire-176
T29Robert Garrigus-177
T41Peter MalnatiE74
T41Jason KokrakE71
T41Sam SaundersE75
T41Kevin ChappellE75
T41Austin CookE70
T41Stephan JaegerE76
T41Jesse MuellerE70
T48Nick Taylor174
T48Harold Varner, III172
T48Sam Burns172
T48Ryan Armour172
T48Bubba Watson171
T48Alex Kang171
T48Brett Stegmaier171
T55Corey Conners274
T55Richy Werenski273
T55Luke Donald273
T55David Lingmerth275
T55Jim Knous273
T55Rod Pampling272
T55Camilo Villegas272
T55Talor Gooch277
T63Brian Davis375
T63Ryan Hogue375
T63Shawn Stefani374
T63Jimmy Stanger374
T63Michael Thompson377
T63Ethan Tracy373
T63Scott Brown373
T63Derek Fathauer373
T63James Hahn373
T72Kevin Streelman475
T72Daniel Summerhays475
T72Russell Knox475
T75Benjamin Silverman576
T75Chad Campbell575
T77Retief Goosen778
T77Geoff Ogilvy777
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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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