England’s Brian Davis shot a second successive round of 65 to share the lead in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Davies, who is still searching for his first PGA Tour win will be hoping karma plays a part and gives him some just reward after the player famously called a penalty on himself during his playoff with Jim Furyk at Hilton Head.
Since then, Davis has missed three cuts but has returned to form this week and now ties for the lead after the third round on 16-under par alongside Bryce Molder.
Molder, who shot a second round 62, held onto his overnight lead following a 67, but playing partner Jason Bohn dropped into a three-way tie for fourth place which includes Jeff Overton and one of the YourGolfTravel tipster’s picks in Ben Crane, who shot a second successive 64.
Zach Johnson shot a round of 64 to take third spot in his own, while another three-way tie for seventh sees Bill Haas, Boo Weekley and Kris Blanks locked together on 13-under par.
Bo Van Pelt, the second of the YGT tipster trio is also in the hunt, but has some work to do after a third round 65 left him in a tie for tenth place on 12-under par. Bo’s three rounds have been 67-66-65 so our tipster will be hoping Van Pelt can keep up that sequence with a 64 – or better – today!
Van Pelt shares 10th spot with John Merrick and US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.
Hard luck story of the third round comes courtesy of Korea’s KJ Choi, who carded a quadruple bogey on the last hole, but still managed to go round in just 66. That last hole collapse might well have robbed Choi of the title.
England’s Paul Casey and SCotland’s Martin Laird were in a group of players tied for 28th, at eight under, after strong rounds of 66 but Ian Poulter props up the leaderboard, some 17 shots off the pace after a three-over 73.
But with 21 players within six shots of Davis and Molder heading into today’s final round, its sure to be an exciting finish! It could even be an English double if Davis wins and Luke Donald – who shares the lead after the third round of the Madrid Masters – records a first Tour win in four years. Donald however faces stiff opposition from Welshman Rhys Davies, while Italian Francesco Molinari is poised to strike, laying just two shots behind.
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