• Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Simpson maintains four-shot lead in Vegas

ESPN staff
October 20, 2013

Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open thanks to birdies at four of the last seven holes during the third round at TPC Summerlin.

Making his first start of the season, the 2012 US Open champion shot a 4-under 67 to reach 19-under par. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63.

"The conditions were perfect," Simpson said. "I knew guys were shooting low numbers. I felt like I was playing good enough. I just was shooting pretty bad - parred 9, dropped the shot at 11. So, it was frustrating.

"But my caddie just told me to stay patient and let the birdies come. And that's what happened. I made some putts coming in."

Chesson Hadley is second after a 67, reaching 15-under with an eagle on the par-5 16th. The Web.com Tour Championship winner last month, Hadley is making his fourth career PGA Tour start. Jeff Overton is third at 14-under after a 68.

Jason Bohn carded a 69 to reach 13-under, and Sean O'Hair shot 63 to join first-round leader J.J. Henry, defending champion Ryan Moore, William McGirt, Ryo Ishikawa and Russell Knox at 12-under.

"I've been playing some nice golf, and it was nice to come out today and get started off quick," O'Hair, who eagled the par-4 15th, said. "I was 3-under pretty quickly and turned at 4, and kind of started off slow on the back nine, but that eagle helped on 15. So, it was just all in all a great day."

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