There is a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard ahead of the final round of the JT Shiners Open on Sunday. Our Player in Focus, Ryan Moore, non-winner Brendon de Jonge (pictured) and 2011 Web.com Tour Jonas Blixt graduate are all 19 under after another day of low scoring at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
The average winning score in this tournament over the last six years has been 22 under. The course has been designed to suit various standards of play, including that of high handicap amateurs. When played by leading pros its only defences are wind and slick greens.
The weather has been just about perfect this week, with bright sunshine and benign conditions. The greens are soft and true so with generous landing areas the players have converted many birdie and eagle opportunities to go very low.
The three leaders are all at 19 under and five shots ahead of the rest of the field. Somebody would have to shoot in the low sixties to prevent one of them winning this tournament. However, they all look certain to beat par in the fourth round and it will take a remarkable series of events for the winner not to come from the final group.
Moore is a graduate of the University of Las Vegas and lives locally. He played well in the FedEx Cup play-offs and is the class act in this field. De Jonge is yet to win on Tour but is just about the best putter of the three. Blixt had a great amateur career and is a winner waiting to happen.
Surely the saddest story of the day concerned John Daly. The two times major winner played his third round in 23 more shorts than the previous one. He is looking to earn a Tour card for next year and after starting the third round in contention on Saturday he is now unlikely to improve his position on the Money List.