There are four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at a crowed Congressional AT&A National, all at -7 under par for the tournament, the score exactly where it was at the beginning of the round.
Roberto Castro, James Driscoll, Bill Haas and Andreas Romero / Getty Images
James Driscoll and Bill Hass were the guys who moved up the leaderboard on moving day with third rounds of -3 under par 68′s to join the guys at the top. Andres Romero carded a -1 under par third round while Roberto Castro stood still with an even par effort.
” The back nine, I didn’t really know where I was going. Luckily after that triple, I was able to hit three decent iron shots and then make the putt. Certainly, it could have been a 6-, 7-, 8-under day. But it also could have been a 4-, 5-, 6-over day if I hadn’t putted well. I don’t really know what to make of how I’m playing. Just got to hopefully do more good than bad tomorrow.”
James reflected that he had not played well, even though he leads the field in strokes gained-putting, picking up more than 3 shots on the field average per round at the AT&T National on the Congressional Country Club course.
” It’s not perfect golf, but you don’t really have to play perfect golf sometimes. If you’re just patient and putt well and have a good short game, it can go a long way, and that’s kind of what I’m doing this week This is as good a chance as I’ve had for sure, but there’s still 18 holes to go.”
Roberto described it as a wild day, he had to take a penalty drop out of a bunker;
“Wild day, saving a bogey would have been huge, making a par is just a bonus. Nothing good was going to happen if I swung at it, and I thought if I dropped, pitched out, I could make bogey or double, which is not the end of the world. I didn’t need to sit there and make 8 or something. Over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch. I don’t see it being easy out here, so mine just came early today, and I just tried to survive it.”
Jason Kokrak is alone in fifth place at -6 under par for the tournament, while Jordan Spieth, who was tied with Roberto at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the day, isn’t out of it. Despite shooting a +3 over par 74, he is still amazingly just three off the lead.
Jordan still thinks he could be in the mix tomorrow;
” Making a double on the easiest hole on the course, and then following up with bogey on a par 5 with a lob wedge in my hand, it was very difficult at the turn for me to stay calm and hit good shots to start the back nine. Maybe lost a couple of shots with my emotions there, which is upsetting. But like I said, I shot 5 under yesterday. I could shoot 5 under tomorrow and be in great position.”