Humble, TX. - Hot temperatures transformed into hot scoring today in the third round, at the Shell Houston Open.
Hunter Mahan, Carl Pettersson and Louis Oosthuizen went low in round three, to give the fans who have stayed through the heat to see the finish -- A lot to cheer for.
Oosthuizen in the end, would come out ahead, to lead at 17-under after three rounds of play at Redstone Golf Club.
The 2011 Masters Champion, who was 11-under heading into round three, didn't get out to the start I'm sure he was hoping for.
Bogeys on his first two holes, dropped him to nine-under, and needing some birdies to catch up, as other players were going to start going low.
Those birdies came on No. 6 and No. 9 to get his round back to even par and 11-under overall.
Oosthuizen would turn up the heat on the back-nine.
He would card three circles in a row from holes 12 to 14 to vault him to 15-under par. And into a share of the lead.
Another birdie on No. 15 would push him past the others to 16-under, and into the solo lead.
Oosthuizen would card one more circle on No. 17 to go up two shots, getting his score to 17-under par to finish out his round. And take the out right lead by two, heading into the final round.
Mahan, beginning his round at eight-under carded four birdies to only one bogey on his front nine. To go out in 33.
Birdies on No. 10, 11, 14 and 17 would move him into a tie [for the moment] for the lead at 15-under, with Pettersson.
Pettersson, who was a first round leader, began his round at nine-under par.
The Swede would birdie his first hole, then added two more birdies on holes five and nine to make the turn at 33.
Pettersson would also go on a nice run on his back-nine, as others did. He birdied three in a row starting on No. 10 and going to No. 12 to quickly get him to 15-under.
Making it a three-way tie atop the leader board.
He would drop a shot on No. 17 to fall back to 14-under, and into a tie for third with Brian Davis.
Oosthuizen will take the lead, heading into the final round at the Shell Houston Open. Gaining confidence heading back to Augusta.
Where he birdied his final four holes, to grab the green jacket a mere 12 months ago.