Leishman still in the hunt at Houston Open

Marc Leishman has had a back nine to forget at the Houston Open but still remains in contention for victory after the third round of the PGA Tour event in Texas.

The Australian made three bogeys in his run home on moving day, including one on the 18th, to card a one-over 71.

Yet Leishman was 4-under par and a share of 10th place – just three shots adrift of leader Scottie Scheffler.

Victorian world No.35 Leishman was among 65 players forced to finish their second rounds on Saturday, due to weather delays earlier this week.

The first-round co-leader with a 65 added a 70 before he started his third round.

Leishman and the remainder of the chasers will be hunting American Ryder Cup player Scheffler, who carded a one-under 71 to sit at 7-under 203.

Scheffler followed Friday’s sparking 62 with a more modest score as the field faced tougher scoring conditions at Memorial Park Golf Club.

“I think I always prefer the harder courses because I feel like I can take it deep on them still and get myself back in the tournament, which I did this week,” Scheffler, who has the solo 54-hole lead at a PGA Tour event for the first time, said.

“This golf course is pretty challenging, but it’s not a golf course where if you’re playing great golf, you can’t take advantage of it.”

Martin Trainer, the 36-hole leader, shot a 4-over 74 to drop to 6-under and the tie for second with Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela (68), Matthew Wolff (69), Kramer Hickok (70) and Kevin Tway (73).

Jason Kokrak (66), Russell Henley (68) and Luke List (69) are tied for seventh at 5-under.

Cameron Smith (68) is next best if the Australians at 2-under in a share of 18th while Adam Scott (71) and Jason Day (74) are well back at 2-over and 5-over respectively.

with Reuters

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