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Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press

 

IRVING, Texas — Louis Oosthuizen is still looking for a remedy for his recurring back issues.

A victory at the Byron Nelson Championship would sure make him feel much better.

"The last year and a half was really frustrating," he said.

Oosthuizen birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 on Saturday and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd. The 2010 British Open champion had the low round of the day after recovering from bogeys on two of the first four holes.

"I made a nice birdie on 5 and just really made some good putts," Oosthuizen said. "Every opportunity I had for birdie I actually made. My eye was good today and I hit a lot of them really close."

Todd who made 12 consecutive pars before holing a 4-foot birdie at No. 18 for a 68 to match Oosthuizen at 10-under 200.

On the morning of the Nelson's final round last year, Oosthuizen withdrew because of a neck issue. He missed extended time last season and is still bothered by the back even though he won at home in South Africa in January.

Mike Weir, James Hahn and Gary Woodland were a stroke back.

"That's what I've been working toward the last few years, to get myself back here in this position, and looking forward to the challenge," said Weir, the 44-year-old left-hander.

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion who hasn't a top-25 finish since 2010 when the Canadian had an elbow injury, shot 67 while missing 4-foot putts on Nos. 15 and 16. Hahn's 65 included five birdies in a row on the back nine and Woodland shot 66 with a double bogey at No. 7.

Morgan Hoffmann twice fell out of the lead after hitting drives left into the water and making double bogey, at Nos. 11 and 18. He finished with a 68 and was tied for sixth at 8 under with 3-time major champion Padraig Harrington, Marc Leishman and Graham DeLaet.

Todd's only bogey was at the 420-yard fourth hole, when his approach went over the green and he 2-putted from 8½ feet. But that was sandwiched by long birdies.

After beginning the day with a 2-stroke lead, Todd had to make a 4-foot birdie on No. 18 to regain a share of the lead.

"I wanted to get one more birdie under my belt so I could be that much closer to shooting the score I need to win Sunday," Todd said.

Oosthuizen was 2 under and well off the pace after his bogey at No. 4, when he hit his second and third shots from the rough and then was in a greenside bunker. The South African blasted to about 10 feet and had to make that putt for bogey, then made three birdies in a row.

He made an 8-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth and followed that with an approach to 6 feet at No. 6 and a 2-putt from 58 feet at the par-5 seventh. There was another string of three consecutive birdies at Nos. 14-16 before a closing 4½-footer at No. 18.

"It's always nice finishing a round on a high," Oosthuizen said. "You sort of feed off that the next day and that keeps you going."

Hoffmann was at 10 under and alone in the lead when he hit his drive into the water to the left at the 320-yard 11th hole, with Weir was just ahead on the green.

Weir sank a 2-footer for his fourth consecutive birdie to get to 10 under. Hoffmann then hit another drive after his penalty and wound up with a double bogey. But Weir missed putts from about 5 feet on both Nos. 15 and 16, the latter lipping the cup.

Hoffmann was again 10 under after birdies at Nos. 15-16 but hit his drive at No. 18 into the water, then hit twice out of the same greenside bunker.

Scott Scheffler, a 17-year-old top junior from Dallas playing on a sponsor exemption, made a hole-in-one using a 5-iron on the 218-yard second hole. He is the fourth amateur since 1983 with an ace in a PGA Tour event. That was part of his 69 that also included five bogeys and four birdies to get to 2 under for the tournament.

Dallas native Jordan Spieth, now 20 and ranked eighth in the world, made the Nelson cut as an amateur at ages 16 and 17. Spieth shot 73 on Saturday and was even par overall.

KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Lizette Salas moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory, playing 25 holes in 6-under par to take a 3-stroke lead in the Kingsmill Championship.

The 24-year-old former Southern California player shot a 3-under 68 in the completion of the rain-delayed second round and birdied three of the last five holes in the afternoon for a season-best 65. She had a 13-under 200 total on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.

South Korea's Hee Young Park, the second-round leader, was second. She bogeyed No. 18 for a 69.

Second-ranked Stacy Lewis and No. 3 Lydia Ko, both trying to take the top spot in the world from Inbee Park, were five strokes back along with Katherine Kirk. Lewis shot 70, Ko 67 and Kirk 68.

Coming off a victory two weeks ago in the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Lewis would jump to No. 1 with a victory or a solo second-place finish, as long as Ko doesn't win. Ko needs a victory to move to No. 1. Inbee Park is skipping the tournament.

REGIONS TRADITION

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Shoal Creek to take a 1-stroke lead over John Inman after the third round of the Regions Tradition.

Perry is seeking his third Champions Tour major title after winning the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts last year.

Perry had a 7-under 209 total. He had four birdies and bogeyed No. 16.

Inman, a 2-time PGA Tour winner who coached at the University of North Carolina, shot a 66 after two even-par rounds. He had seven birdies before his first slip-up, a bogey on No. 16.

Steve Elkington (71), second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia (74), Jay Haas (73), John Cook (71), Jeff Maggert (69), Olin Browne (72) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) were 4 under.

BMW CHARITY PRO-AM

GREER, S.C. — Matt Davidson shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the third-round lead with Blayne Barber and Ryan Blaum in the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Davidson had seven birdies and two bogeys at The Reserve at Lake Keowee to match Barber and Blaum at 14-under 201. Barber, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the South Georgia Classic, had a 68 at The Reserve. Blaum shot a 68 at Thornblade Club, the site of the final round.

Jon Curran and Kyle Reifers were a stroke back. Curran had a 66 and Reifers shot 70 — both at Thornblade.

SPANISH OPEN

GIRONA, Spain — Belgium's Thomas Pieters shot a 1-under 71 to extend his Spanish Open lead to two strokes over 50-year-old Spanish star Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Pieters had 7-under 209 total on PGA Catalunya Resort's Stadium Course.

Jimenez shot 69. He finished fourth in the Masters and won the Greater Gwinnett Championship the following week in his Champions Tour debut.

 

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