Sitting alone in third place three shots off the lead, unheralded Robert Streb has a simple plan going into Sunday’s final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.
“Just try to chase down whoever is in front of me and see how it goes,’’ Streb said after shooting 69 Saturday and positioning himself for his best finish on the PGA Tour at 15-under 201.
Though relegated to playing about once a month on the tour, Streb has made the cut in all six events this season and pocketed $210,206. His best finish is a tie for 14th at the Puerto Rico Open. He stands 394 in the official world rankings.
A top 10 finish in New Orleans will ensure him a spot in next week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. He missed the cut at the 2013 Zurich Classic at 1-under 143.
“If I play well tomorrow, I can create another start,’’ he said. “It would be nice (to finish in the top 10). It wouldbe a lot better to win. We’ll see how it goes.’’
Like father, like son
Shortly after David Toms concludes play Sunday in the Zurich Classic, he plans to watch his son, Carter, compete for Shreveport’s Byrd High School in the LHSAA Division I Boys Regional Golf tournament at Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria.
The younger Toms shot 71 in district qualifying.
“If they make it to state, it’s in our hometown (of Shreveport), so I’m looking forward to watching him play a few rounds in the next couple of weeks,’’ said Toms, who stands at 8-under 208 after firing a 67 in Saturday’s third round.
Just say Noh
Last player to go bogey-free on the PGA Tour for 72 holes is Charles Howell III in the 2011 Greenbriar Classic. No player has gone bogey-free and won on tour since Lee Trevino in the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open. Third-round leader Seung-Yul Noh (65-198) has no bogeys through 54 holes.
Former Tulane standout Michael Thompson tumbled from a 12th-place tie after 36 holes to a tie for 59th after 54 holes following a 3-over 75 Saturday. Former LSU All-Americans Andrew Loupe (71-212) and Toms (67-208) are tied for 28th and 59th, respectively.
By the numbers
84 — Players who made the cut at 2-under 142 after 36 holes in the Zurich Classic, tying the largest weekend field on tour during this wrap-around season. Eighty-four also advanced to the third round at the 2014 Valspar Championship, and 75 survived to play in Sunday’s final round.
74 — Players who made the cut at 3-under 213 after 54 holes in the Zurich Classic.
Those 10 players who failed to make the cut of low 70 and ties for Sunday’s final round have the abbreviation DNF next to their names and not the customary MC, including New Orleans past champion Scotty McCarron (1996). DNF stands for ‘Made Cut Did Not Finish’. Each player who failed to make Saturday’s cut will earn last-place money.
Blowing in the wind
Blustery conditions are forecast for Sunday’s final round, with strong winds out of the south/southeast at 10-20 mph, gusting to 20-30 mph. The field has been treated to relative benign conditions through the first 54 holes, producing a record score 18-under 198 at TPC Louisiana after three rounds.
“I know the wind is going to blow tomorrow,’’ said Keegan Bradley, who’s alone in second at 65-200, two shots behind Noh. “This course can play tough when the wind blows.’’
Jason Dufner set the previous 54-hole record at TPC Louisiana of 17-under 199 en route to winning the 2012 tournament. ... The third-round scoring average dropped to 69.988, down from the first- and second-round averages of 71.577 and 70.774, respectively. ... Andrew Svoboda (70-202) is tied for fourth and enters the top 10 in the final round for the first time on the PGA Tour. ... None of the top 10 players in the current FedEx Cup point standings are in Sunday’s final round. Eight did not enter. Patrick Reed (No. 4) missed the 36-hole cut, and Matt Every (No. 9) withdrew after the first round.