Poor Aaron Baddeley played badly, while Jimmy Walker jogs along at the top of the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio.
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Jimmy shot a third round -3 under par 69 to top the Valero Texas Open leaderboard with a -9 under par total, and a four shot lead going into the final round on Sunday. The only thing going against Jimmy is the fact that no 54 hole leader has gone on to win this year.
The par-4 12th hole at TPC San Antonio turned out to be the turning point of the round, Jimmy hit driver off the tee and watched as the ball disappeared into the left bunker. They could not see it in the bunker, but started digging, and eventually found it deep in the sand and managed to just get it out;
“I’m in there digging, I’m moving earth and I can’t find the ball, really? is it here? it’s here. I don’t know. It was kind of hectic.”
“I didn’t really know what to do, I didn’t know if the play that I made was going to be right. It was way under there.”
“So that was a bummer, but I got it out somehow and then hit a good shot up there and thought if I made the putt that would have been gigantic. Making five was good there.”
“I view tomorrow that I have to go out and play a good round because, you know, seeing, it’s just hard.”
“You can get on the wrong side out here pretty quick, it’s that kind of golf course, it’s hard.”
“So you have to really concentrate and hit the golf shots you need to hit. So that’s what I have to do tomorrow.”
Jordan Spieth is in second place at -5 under par for the competition, he also had problems with the tee shot on twelve, finding a bunker and ended up with a five;
“I think driver was the right decision, but where I went wrong with it is instead of ripping the drive, I tried to just bleed a fade off the bunkers and take some off.”
“And that’s just what I do on the weekends when I get in trouble. I’m trying to do a little too much.”
Jordan then went on to double bogie the 16th and finished the round with a -1 under par 71;
“I just made a bad swing, if it had gone against the grandstands I would have been left with that same up and down I had the second time.”
“It was kind of a stroke penalty bad break on it. All-in-all, I didn’t deserve a good one with that swing.”
“For me, I’m not necessarily looking at it as a shootout, if we were both 9-under or six shots clear of anybody else, I’d agree with you.”
“But tomorrow is about me just going out there and off the bat trying to play a good, solid round of golf and gain some momentum.”
“If it happens to be where we get into a shootout it’s going to be fun. Fun for the people watching us, and even more for Jimmy and I to be out there dueling it out.”
Billy Horschel has claimed third place on his own, he also had a third round -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -3 under par, he finished the day with some momentum, three straight birdies;
“I needed it because I actually played really well for most of the round.”
“Fortunately I hit some good shots on the front side and got rewarded for it with the wind dying down and the ball landing real soft on the greens compared to the last couple of days.”
“I hung in there, I made some good par saves at 14 and 15. I told my caddie we need to make at least two birdies coming in. It was nice to make three. I’m right where I need to be going into tomorrow.”
Aaron finished the day at -1 under par for the tournament, after his disastrous +4 over par 76.