The PGA Tour has achieved a parity which would turn the commissioners of the NBA, NFL, and MLB green with envy, as the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial boasts a crowded leaderboard heading into the final round on Sunday. Of the 75 players who made the cut after two rounds, 36 of them are within four shots of the lead after play on Saturday. There are 49 golfers within five shots of the leaders.
Four players currently share the lead at 7-under par, including David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud. The 47-year-old Toms won at Colonial three years ago, and said he was just trying to get into contention on Saturday by shooting a good score, “I was able to do that. I got off to a good start, I kept it in play for the most part…it was pretty solid.” The golf course seems to be tailor-made for Toms, as it favors players who can play with finesse, “It evens all of us out. Long hitters, short hitters, you kind of bite off what you think you can chew out there.”
There are six players tied for fifth place at 6-under after Saturday’s play, one shot off of the lead. Another seven players are two strokes back at 5-under par, including Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. It is the biggest free-for-all for a final day on the PGA Tour this year, and fans are almost certain to be treated to wild finish on Sunday at the Colonial Country Club golf course in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bjorn on fire at BMW Championship – At the flagship tournament of the European PGA Tour, Thomas Bjorn is turning the BMW Championship into the anti-Colonial. Bjorn birdied seven of his final eight holes on Saturday and finished with a 5-under 67 in his third round. He is now five shots clear of the field entering the final round on Sunday at the Wentworth golf course at Virginia Water, England. It was not as easy as it looked for Bjorn, who had double bogey on his first hole and made the turn at 2-over for the day. “I’m proud of the way I stayed focused and determined to get the best out of my round.”
Luke Donald is in second place as he fired a 68 on Saturday to climb to 10-under par. Shane Lowry, who shared the lead with Bjorn after the second round, had a 1-over par 73 and is six shots in back of the leader. Rory McIlroy is seven shots back and in a tie for fourth.
Europeans lead Senior PGA Championship – The final group at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, MI, will have a definite European flavor on Sunday. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie and Germany’s Bernhard Langer will play side by side as the top two after the third round in the second major on the Champions Tour.
At 7-under, Montgomerie leads Langer by one stroke heading into Sunday’s final. Looking back, Montgomerie said he is happy that he skipped the BMW Championship in England to play in the US this week, “It was a big decision to stop playing there but this is my future now on the Champions Tour…I’d rather come here and contend rather than go there and have a good finish and finish 20th or something. This is why I came here and I look forward to [Sunday].”
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Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky