Golf

De Jonge leads AT&T National

2012-07-01 11:49
Brendon de Jonge (File)
Maryland - Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge climbed into the lead but Tiger Woods is lurking just a shot behind after the third round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club at a storm-hit Bethesda in Maryland on Saturday.

Seeking a maiden PGA Tour win, De Jonge carded a two-under par 69 to move to seven-under 206 for the tournament, a stroke clear of Americans Bo Van Pelt (67) and Woods (67), and Korean prospect Noh Seung-yul (69).

Massive storms in the area wreaked havoc overnight, forcing organisers to delay the start of play, and prohibit spectators and volunteers from attending due to fallen trees and dangerous conditions around the course.

Playing without huge galleries in competition for the first time in decades, former world No 1 Woods was bogey-free, picking up his four birdies in the opening 10 holes, including a majestic chip-in on the sixth.

Similar to the wonder shot on the 16th hole in the final round of his recent Memorial Tournament victory, Woods missed the green long but conjured up a touch of brilliance from the rough to make birdie and maintain his momentum.

Woods, who won the event in 2009, is looking to move into sole possession of second place on the PGA Tour winners' list, on which he is currently level with Jack Nicklaus on 73 victories and chasing down Sam Snead's 82.

However, he has come from behind after 54 holes in just 23 of those triumphs.

"It was a day in which I started off five back, and I needed to make a run. Whether we have thousands of people or we have a small handful of people out there, it doesn't change the execution of the shot," Woods told reporters.

"The shot needs to be placed correctly in the fairway and on the correct side and then fired to the correct spot on the green and then holed. That doesn't change anything.

"What does change is when I hole a shot like I did on six, it's not going to be as loud today as it normally is. But that's just the way it is.

"I played myself into good shape for tomorrow."

De Jonge quietly went about his business in the final group but admitted to feeling odd playing in relative silence.

"It was actually really strange out there and took a little while to get used to," he said.

"It's nice to have people out there and get the buzz and kind of feed off adrenaline.

"Obviously we didn't have that today. But in saying that, I'm very happy with my round and position going into tomorrow."

The third round was not such smooth sailing for overnight leader Hunter Mahan, who fired a two-over 73 to drop back into a share of fifth place on 208.

Despite another storm warning forecast for Saturday night, officials are hopeful the course can be reopened to the public on Sunday.

Third round scores from the AT&T National at the par-71 course in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday:

206 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 68 69 69 207 Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 67 73 67
Tiger Woods (U.S.) 72 68 67
Noh Seung-yul (South Korea) 70 68 69 208 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 69 73 66
Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 70 65 73 209 Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 71 70 68 210 John Mallinger (U.S.) 70 72 68
Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 74 67 69
Robert Garrigus (U.S.) 70 67 73
Pat Perez (U.S.) 69 69 72 211 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 72 72 67
Bae Sang-moon (South Korea) 75 68 68
Nick Watney (U.S.) 70 72 69
Jason Day (Australia) 69 72 70
Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 72 68 71
Marc Leishman (Australia) 70 70 71
Vijay Singh (Fiji) 68 70 73 212 Greg Owen (Britain) 70 75 67
John Huh (U.S.) 72 73 67
Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 73 72 67
Troy Matteson (U.S.) 73 70 69
Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 70 73 69
Brandt Jobe (U.S.) 70 72 70
Adam Scott (Australia) 75 67 70
Stewart Cink (U.S.) 70 68 74
Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 68 69 75 213 Rod Pampling (Australia) 71 67 75 214 Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) 72 71 71
Martin Laird (Britain) 72 69 73 215 Bud Cauley (U.S.) 73 71 71
Brian Davis (Britain) 74 69 72
Greg Chalmers (Australia) 72 71 72
Kyle Stanley (U.S.) 72 75 68
Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 74 65 76 216 Brian Harman (U.S.) 72 73 71
Heath Slocum (U.S.) 76 70 70
Jeff Overton (U.S.) 79 69 68 217 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 72 73 72
Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 70 76 71
Charles Howell III (U.S.) 70 73 74
Bobby Gates (U.S.) 74 68 75
Roberto Castro (U.S.) 74 73 70 218 George McNeill (U.S.) 73 72 73
Harris English (U.S.) 71 74 73
Andres Romero (Argentina) 73 71 74
Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 74 72 72
Martin Flores (U.S.) 75 71 72
Kim Kyung-tae (South Korea) 72 74 72
Erik Compton (U.S.) 73 73 72
D.J. Trahan (U.S.) 75 72 71
Ben Crane (U.S.) 77 70 71 219 Charlie Wi (South Korea) 70 75 74
Hunter Haas (U.S.) 74 72 73
James Driscoll (U.S.) 70 76 73
Ryuji Imada (Japan) 72 74 73
Trevor Immelman (South Africa) 74 68 77
Blake Adams (U.S.) 72 75 72
Bryce Molder (U.S.) 78 69 72
Will Claxton (U.S.) 73 75 71
Graham DeLaet (Canada) 74 74 71 220 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 73 73 74
J.J. Killeen (U.S.) 72 75 73
Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 74 73 73
Yang Yong-eun (South Korea) 76 72 72 221 Gary Woodland (U.S.) 72 74 75
Brendan Steele (U.S.) 71 76 74
Chris DiMarco (U.S.) 76 71 74
William McGirt (U.S.) 72 76 73
Brendon Todd (U.S.) 72 76 73
Bob Estes (U.S.) 74 74 73
Ryan Moore (U.S.) 73 75 73
Ben Curtis (U.S.) 74 74 73

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