Date: March 17, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Chalmers one off the pace

Kevin Streelman has rocketed into a share of the lead with Justin Leonard and George Coetzee at the Tampa Bay Championship on Saturday, while Australia&aposs Greg Chalmers is a shot behind in a four-way tie for fourth. The leading trio sit on six under for the tournament after impressive third-round performances at the Innisbrook Resort in Florida. Streelman produced the round of the day, completing a bogey-free six-under 65 to climb 30 positions to the top of the leaderboard, while Leonard carded a four-under 67. The 34-year-old American had been terribly inconsistent in his first two rounds at the Tampa Bay Championship but was almost flawless as he birdied the first, sixth, 10th, 11th, 13th and 17th holes on Saturday. Leonard could have been clear in front at the PGA Tour event but for a bogey on the par-three 15th. South Africa&aposs Coetzee bogeyed the par-four 16th to drop to five under overall but recovered immediately with a birdie on 17 to make it a three-way tie at the top. Chalmers remains in the hunt for the title in Palm Harbor after a two-under 69 left him on five under alongside Jim Furyk, Ben Kohles and Tag Ridings. Shawn Stefani, who had led the tournament after both of the opening two rounds, slipped to be in a tie for eighth on four under after a three-over 74. Stefani is level with England&aposs Luke Donald, as well as fellow Americans Bryce Molder, Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. In other Australian action, Adam Scott had a terrible third round, producing seven bogeys in a five-over 76 to finish the day at one under for the tournament, while Aaron Baddeley and Marc Leishman are two over after three rounds. Stuart Appleby (three over) is well off the pace, as are Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy (both four over).