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HP Byron Nelson Championship: Louis Oosthuizen ties Brendon Todd for lead

Last Updated: 18/05/14 11:33am

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Louis Oosthuizen during the third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship

Louis Oosthuizen during the third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship

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Louis Oosthuizen shot a sparkling third round of 64 to join Brendon Todd at the top of the leaderboard at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Former Open champion Oosthuizen started his third round with two bogeys in his first four holes, but he was flawless from there on in with three straight birdies in the front nine.

Five back-nine birdies followed, including one on the 18th, to put him in a share of the lead on 10-under par for the tournament alongside overnight leader Todd, who himself had to birdie 18 to remain at the top of the standings.

Third round leaderboard

(US unless stated)

-10 L Oosthuizen (Rsa)
-10 B Todd
-9 J Hahn
-9 G Woodland
-9 M Weir (Can)
-8 P Harrington (Ire)
-8 M Leishman (Aus)
-8 G DeLaet (Can)

Click here for collated scores

Americans James Hahn and Gary Woodland are chasing the leading pair just one shot behind on nine-under, alongside former Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada.

Hahn was one bogey on the 11th away from matching Oosthuizen's round of the day, with a stunning run of birdies between the 12th and 16th catapulting him up to a share of third place.

Woodland was in there despite a horror show on the par-five fifth, where he got stuck in the sand and wound up with a double bogey.

Weir had an up-and-down round himself, with six birdies and two bogeys.

Another man left kicking himself at the end of play was Morgan Hoffman, who had looked good to hold a share of the lead before finding a bunker on the 18th and dropping two shots there to slip back into a tie for sixth.

It was his second double bogey of the round after woes on the 11th, and combined with a bogey on the eighth it served to wipe out most of the shots picked up from seven birdies.

Padraig Harrington is also on eight-under alongside Hoffman after he shot 66, and he was joined by Graham DeLaet and Marc Leishman after they both shot 68.

Back on track

Joint-leader Oosthuizen, whose hopes of posting a first win on American soil have been checked by neck and back injuries over the last couple of seasons, said: "It's taking me a bit longer to really get my game where I want it to be.

"Hopefully this weekend can kick off something and get my game on the track that I want it to be."

Harrington, meanwhile, hasn't won on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2008 US PGA Championship - the third of his three majors.

"I feel every week like it might be my week," Harrington said, "but it hasn't been happening.

"It isn't easy when things aren't going well for you out there. It's frustrating. But you have to keep it going.

"I've seen some good form in my game, some nice signs. If it doesn't happen for me tomorrow, it's positive going forward."

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