There’s been quite a bit of change on the leaderboard during the third round of the Tampa Bay Championship. The current leaders in the clubhouse are Kevin Streelman and Justin Leonard. The two are currently tied at six under par. Streelman has rebounded quite nicely from a first round 73.
Carding a 65 in the third round went a long way in getting Streelman to the top of the leaderboard. On a day where scoring has been difficult, he has also seen the field move back to him, which has also helped his cause a great deal. His bogey-free rounded included four birdies on the back nine, including one at the 17th hole, part of the dreaded “Snake Pit”.
Leonard has taken a bit of a different path to the top of the leaderboard than Streelman. He has been fairly steady all week, carding rounds of 71 – 69 – 67. Leonard’s only blemish on the day came at the par 3, 15th hole, where he carded a bogey. Leonard has been steady with the putter, but also managed to hit 13 of 13 fairways on the day.
The last time that Leonard won an event was the 2008 St. Jude. He’s gone through a lot of ups and downs over that five year period, but it is quite surprising that, with all of his ability, he hasn’t been able to break through during that time. This event is far from over, but Leonard has himself in a great position heading into the final round.