A triple bogey for Bill Haas, double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro, and they still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round was pleasantly dull by comparison.
Castro put the perfect finishing touch on a wild day at Congressional Golf Club in Bethesda, Md., when he hit his approach into the water left of the 18th green, then chipped in for par from 80 feet to salvage an even-par 71.
Haas made nine birdies and had to settle for a 68, courtesy of two wedge shots that cost him four shots, including his triple bogey on the beastly 11th hole. Romero had a three-shot lead at one point, and then it was gone. He went from the water to a bunker on the 11th for double bogey and followed that with a bogey on the next hole. He made six pars the rest of the way for a 70.
Driscoll also had a 68, the only player in the field to break 70 all three rounds.
All four were at 7-under 206, and more fun awaits Sunday.
“I think over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch,” Castro said.
Ten players were separated by four shots going into the final round, a group that includes 19-year-old Jordan Spieth. He had a two-shot lead after opening with two straight birdies, and then went through a stretch of missing five putts inside 8 feet on a four-hole stretch. One of them was a three-putt from 5 feet for double bogey on No. 8. Spieth had a 74, though he’s still in the game, just three shots behind.
“A wild day,” Castro said.
COUPLES IN CONTROL
Seattle native Fred Couples birdied three of the final five holes for a 3-under 67 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.
Couples completed a 62 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and had a 15-under 195 total at Fox Chapel. Kenny Perry was second in the Champions Tour major. He finished off a 63 in the morning and backed it up with another 63 in the afternoon. Duffy Waldorf was third at 11 under after rounds of 67 and 66.
University Place’s Michael Putnam shot a 2-under 70 to move up a spot into a tie for seventh at the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing Championship in Newburgh, Ind. He trails leader Billy Hurley III by six shots. … Dutchman Joost Luiten shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal after the second round of the Irish Open in Maynooth, Ireland.