Webb Simpson Leads at Colonial After 54 Holes

Webb Simpson posted a 3-under 67 on Saturday at a sweltering Colonial Country Club and took the third-round lead at the Dean and Deluca Invitational.

 
Simpson is at 9-under 201, two strokes better than Danny Lee (69) and Paul Casey (68) who are tied at 7-under.

Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner round out the top-5 at 6-under, three strokes off the lead. Scott Piercy who co-led with Simpson, Lee, and Casey after 36 holes, shot a 2-over 72 and is five shots behind Simpson at 4-under (T8).

Jon Rahm and Sean O’Hair both shot even-par 70 and are tied for sixth at 5-under.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68, despite losing his caddie at the turn due to sickness. He is at 4 under along with Piercy, Sergio Garcia (71), Bill Haas (68), and Emiliano Grillo, whose 65 was the low round of the day.

Two-time Dean and Deluca champion Phil Mickelson (2000, 2008) followed a second-round 5-over 75 with a 1-under 69 Saturday to move to T32 (10 strokes behind Webb Simpson).


Bullets

  • Simpson has led/co-led after the third round five previous times in his PGA TOUR career, winning twice: 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T2), 2011 Wyndham Championship (won), 2012 Wells Fargo Championship (4), 2012 Greenbrier Classic (T7), 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (won).
  • The third-round leader/co-leader has won 10 of 27 stroke-play events this season, most recently Kevin Chappell at the Valero Texas Open.
  • Casey, who is only two back, has a final-round scoring average at Colonial CC of 67.00. In six attempts, he has never carded a round over par on the weekend in Fort Worth.
  • Cink is seeking his seventh PGA TOUR victory, but first since winning the 2009 Open Championship. This week represents his 179th start since winning at Turnberry in a playoff over Tom Watson.
  • Rahm trailed by three strokes after 54 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open in February and carded a final-round 65 for a three-stroke victory.
  • Spieth, four back entering the final round, is hoping to join Ben Hogan as the only players to win back-to-back DEAN & DELUCA Invitationals, with Hogan performing the feat twice (1946-47 and 1952-53).
  • Colonial CC shows its teeth over the stretch of holes from Nos. 3-5, known as the “Horrible Horseshoe.” During the third round, the holes played as the third toughest (4.250), the most difficult (3.306) and the second toughest (4.292), respectively.

Top 10

1 Webb Simpson -9
T2 Danny Lee -7
T2 Paul Casey -7
T4 Stewart Cink -6
T4 Kevin Kisner -6
T6 Jon Rahm -5
T6 Sean O’Hair -5
T8 Scott Piercy -4
T8 Jordan Spieth -4
T8 Sergio Garcia -4
T8 Bill Haas -4
T8 Emiliano Grillo -4


Video Highlights


Quotable

“I’m thrilled to have the lead. I think it’s been a while. I don’t know how long it’s been. But excited for the day tomorrow. Good, solid day. I was happy to go out in the last group today and hit some good shots, make some good putts in this environment to kind of and get me ready for tomorrow. Understanding we got a different wind tomorrow, so golf course will play differently. Hopefully I come out ready. I been saying every day that I’m just trying to shoot under par each round and I’ve done it so far.”
Webb Simpson, Leader thru 54 holes


Full Leaderboard

POSPLAYERTO PAR
1Webb Simpson-9
T2Paul Casey-7
T2Danny Lee-7
T4Stewart Cink-6
T4Kevin Kisner-6
T6Jon Rahm-5
T6Sean O'Hair-5
T8Emiliano Grillo-4
T8Bill Haas-4
T8Jordan Spieth-4
T8Sergio Garcia-4
T8Scott Piercy-4
T13Charley Hoffman-3
T13Jonas Blixt-3
T15Sam Saunders-2
T15Meen Whee Kim-2
T15Graeme McDowell-2
T18Brian Harman-1
T18Brian Gay-1
T18Scott Brown-1
T18Kelly Kraft-1
T22David LingmerthE
T22Ricky BarnesE
T22Matt KucharE
T22Billy Hurley IIIE
T22Marc LeishmanE
T22Kevin StreelmanE
T22Morgan HoffmannE
T22Billy HorschelE
T22Kevin TwayE
T22Tony FinauE
T32Steve Stricker1
T32Michael Kim1
T32Phil Mickelson1
T32Cody Gribble1
T32JT Poston1
T32Bud Cauley1
T32Ollie Schniederjans1
T32Harris English1
T32Vaughn Taylor1
T41Ryan Blaum2
T41William McGirt2
T41Chad Campbell2
T41Xander Schauffele2
T41Curtis Luck2
T41Ben Martin2
T41Nick Watney2
T48Chris Stroud3
T48Yuta Ikeda3
T48Angel Cabrera3
T51Graham DeLaet4
T51Brian Stuard4
T51Michael Thompson4
T51Robert Streb4
T51Adam Hadwin4
T51Brandt Snedeker4
T57Geoff Ogilvy5
T57Cameron Tringale5
T57Nick Taylor5
T57Chris Kirk5
T61Sung-hoon Kang6
T61Patton Kizzire6
T61Ryan Moore6
T61Derek Fathauer6
T65Scott Stallings7
T65Chez Reavie7
T65David Hearn7
T65Zach Johnson7
T69Wesley Bryan8
T69Matt Jones8
T71Ryan Palmer9
T71Dominic Bozzelli9
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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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