After getting pummeled the first two days, TPC Summerlin hit back today.
With tougher pin placements and a little longer rough, the course managed to hold its own against the field during the third round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Oh, there were a few golfers who managed to dominate. Chris DiMarco shot a 9-under-par 63 to play himself into contention at 20-under. Michael Allen shot 8-under, thanks to a sensational front side that he played to 7-under 29. He, too, is at 20-under for the tournament. Bill Haas finished at 7-under.
But that was about it when it came to real low numbers today.
The lead remains in the hands of one of the two guys who had it when play began this morning. Marc Turnesa is still in command with 18 holes to play at 21-under 195, after shooting a 3-under 69 today.
It’s setting up for a wild finish Sunday. Twelve players are within four shots of the lead, including former UNLV stars Ryan Moore and Chad Campbell. Moore is three back at 198, Campbell is four behind at 199.
BIG CROWD AT CLINIC
A lot of fans stayed after the third round to attend the free golf clinic co-hosted by swing guru Butch Harmon and tournament host Justin Timberlake. It figured to attract a large crowd and it was more about seeing Timberlake up close than improving one’s golf game.
He seems everywhere. And you won’t find a more pleasant, positive guy than Ralph Semb.
The CEO and chairman of Shriners Hospitals never has a harsh word and is always upbeat.
Maybe this thing will work out after all because of guys like him. His attitude is he can’t afford to let down those kids the 22 hospitals serve so he’s out there preaching the gospel to whoever wants to listen.
Good for him.