PGA Tour veteran Justin Leonard has not made much noise over the last few years as he has struggled mightily to find his game. He has 12 career victories, including the 1997 British Open, 1998 PLAYERS Championship and two wins at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. His struggles over recent years can be summed up by the fact that he is currently ranked 229th in the official world golf rankings. Even still, he was able to get something going on Saturday’s third round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic where he carded a four under par 66.
Leonard was asked about his chances to finish strong on Sunday and perhaps contend for a third victory at this event. “I’ll just be playing the golf course,” he said. “But if I can get off to a quick start and find myself in contention, then I could pull on the good feelings I’ve here a couple of times. Today, I was just trying to make as many birdies as I could.” He’s currently at four under par and eight shots off of the pace set by Shawn Stefani.
He has played decent golf this year but has been far from spectacular – his season has more in common with a plow horse than a thoroughbred – but he’s still managed to make over $485,000 in 2013. Leonard has made 14 of 17 cuts this year, but his only top 10 finish came at the Tampa Bay Championship, where he finished tied for fourth.
At this point in his career nobody expects Leonard to go on a run and win multiple tournaments in succession, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t pull out a win here and there while he continues to make a very nice living for himself.