Irving, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Louis Oosthuizen fired a six-under-par 64 to claim a share of the 54-hole lead Saturday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Oosthuizen’s 64 at the par-70, 7,166-yard TPC Four Seasons Resort was his lowest round of the day and also his lowest score on the PGA Tour since late in the 2012 season.
After that, he’s battled injury issues while trying to get back into the form that won him the 2010 Open Championship.
“The last year and a half was really frustrating for me,” said Oosthuize, who managed one round in the 60s all year in all tournaments while battling lower-back issues, coming into this week.
Now, Oosthuizen’s score put himself at 10-under and a share of the lead with Brendon Todd, who Todd, who entered the third round with a two-shot lead.
Todd shot a 68, making birdie on the final hole after 12 consecutive pars. That birdie puts him in the final group with Oosthuizen Sunday.
“If I was in the last group or second-to-last group, I’ve still got to execute tomorrow,” Todd said.
Mike Weir, James Hahn and Gary Woodland are tied for third at 9-under. Weir had the lead midway in his round but suffered a couple of bogeys on his back nine. Hahn birdied five consecutive holes starting at the 12th hole and Woodland shot a 4-under 31 on his back nine.
Morgan Hoffmann had a share of the lead when he reached his final hole Saturday, but found a greenside bunker and left his next shot in the bunker.
Hoffman eventually double-bogeyed the final hole to drop to 8-under, putting him in a tie for seventh with Padraig Harrington, Graham DeLaet and Marc Leishman.
Greg Chalmers (65), Boo Weekley (68) and Charles Howell III (69) occupied 10th place at 7-under 203.