Three players will enter Sunday's final round at the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners open tied for the lead at 19-under par.
So, while this tournament may not have a start-studded field, it is going to offer some great Sunday action.
Jonas Blixt and Brendon de Jonge began the third round tied for the lead at 14 under. Both were impressive on Saturday while firing a 66.
That 66 was not good enough for the pair to retain their one-shot advantage on Ryan Moore. He fired a 65 to join the pair atop the leaderboard.
Shriners Open 2012 Round 3 Leaderboard (according to the PGA's official website)
|T1.||Brendon De Jonge||-19||F|
Blixt has been consistently fantastic in this tournament. He fired a 64 on Thursday and replicated the feat on Friday.
Check out this wonderful approach on No. 12 with a tight pin placement.
Blixt is dialed in. He is sticking the greens and that precision iron play is allowing him to attack this course. Now let's see if he can keep that smooth swing going under the pressure of Sunday.
He isn't the only leader who will have to prove himself on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how each of the front-running three handles the pressure.
For my money, Ryan Moore is one of the more entertaining players to watch on the tour. When he is hot, he is amazing. He just struggles with his consistency, and he has had his share of struggles down the stretch.
I fully believe Moore will win at least one major in his career, but it is getting time for him to start proving he can pull out his best when it matters on Sunday.
He's been playing smart and solid golf, and he is in prime position to take this title. Check out this birdie putt on No. 7 to get a feel for how Moore is handling the flat blade this week.
Zimbabwe's de Jonge isn't on the radar of a lot of golf fans, but he is piecing together a solid career, and that career may be on the verge of its biggest accomplishment.
De Jonge turned pro in 2003. Since then, he has played 145 events and has 36 top-25 finishes, and 16 of those were in the top 10. His highest finish is third. He is prime position to better that.
The guy has a funky swing, but man can he drill some iron shots. This leads to him consistently being one of the most prodigious producers of birdies on the tour. Now he just needs to dial in the rest of his game.
Like he did with this nice putt for birdie on No. 2 on Saturday.
One person that will not be contending for the title on Sunday is John Daly. The two-time major champ's volatile game found him entering the third round of this tournament at 10 under and tied for sixth.
That volatile game had him hacking his way to an 86 on Saturday. In years past, there was a good chance Daly would have walked off the course mid round with a performance like this, but he showed his maturity by gritting this one out.
That birdie on No. 17 was just one of two birdies he carded on the day.
There you have it. The stage is set for a big Sunday. Now let's see who can handle the pressure.
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