The PGA Tour's Las Vegas stop has had its share of fireworks at the top and the bottom of the leaderboard. Here are some notes and nuggets to whet your appetite for Sunday’s finish to theJustin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
• Ryan Moore, who is tied for the lead with Brendon De Jonge and Jonas Blixt, picked up where he left off at the Tour Championship. Moore finished tied for third at East Lake and is vying for his first Tour title since the 2009 Wyndham Championship.
• De Jonge may have surpassed Steve Marino as the best Tour player without a victory. The big Zimbabwean is making his 146th Tour start, has 16 top-10 finishes and has missed just four cuts in 28 starts this season.
• Moore, de Jonge and Blixt were paired together on Saturday at TPC Summerlin and combined to shoot 16 under.
They ran away a little bit, and then I got lucky, I got hot in the end and made some putts and was able to catch them in the end there,” said Blixt (66), who birdied six of his last seven holes. “I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. It's going to be a lot of fun.”
The group will be paired together again on Sunday.
• Bobby Gates is best positioned to improve his status on the money list. Gates is currently 136th on the money list but is tied for 12th through three rounds. A top-10 finish would move him into the top 130 in earnings and improve his chances of retaining his card. No. 125 Davis Mathis is tied for 48.
• John Daly, following rounds of 69-63 to open the week, struggled to a third-round 86 that included an quadruple bogey-8 on the par-4 third hole and triple bogey-7 at the par-4 12
His 15-over-par card was Daly’s highest score this season and his highest on Tour since a second-round 88 at the 2009 Buick Open.
• U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III may have finally hit the metaphorical wall. Love opened with inspired rounds of 68-67 but needed 32 putts on Saturday and faded with a third-round 73 (T-48).