Toms, Matsuyama, Campbell, Stroud lead at Colonial

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — David Toms felt no need to even look at the Colonial leaderboard until noticing more people with cameras suddenly watching late in his third round.

"I didn't feel like I was really relevant at the time to even look at it," Toms said. "I knew something was going on."

Three years after the last of his 13 PGA Tour victories, also at Hogan's Alley, the 47-year-old Toms was back in contention. He wasn't alone.

Toms shared the lead Saturday with Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud at 7-under 203, the highest leading 54-hole score at Colonial since 1999. Among the other 13 players within two strokes of the lead were Adam Scott, the No. 1 player in the world, and Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner this season and No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

"It's kind of jammed in there," Campbell said.

Kevin Chappell, whose early 7-under 63 was the low round of the day, moved from a tie for 60th after just making the cut to within one stroke of the lead.

Matsuyama, the 22-year-old from Japan with five wins at home, shot a bogey-free 64 Saturday. Toms had a 65, local resident Campbell shot 68 and Stroud finished bogey-birdie for a 69.

Walker was 6 under after a 69, and Scott was another stroke back after his bogey-free 66.

Campbell and Walker, playing together, were alone atop the leaderboard at 8 under before both bogeyed the 161-yard 13th hole.

When Walker missed a 9-footer, it was his first bogey all week — and he had another after hitting from two different greenside bunkers at No. 15. Campbell held the lead alone only for a moment before missing his 4-foot par chance at No. 13.

Second-round leader Brice Garnett fell back with a bogey at the 216-yard fourth hole, followed by a double bogey when he drove out of bounds at the tight fifth hole that runs parallel to the Trinity River. The PGA Tour rookie shot 74 and dropped into a tie for 25th at 3 under.

With raised expectations at Colonial after winning his plaid jacket in 2011, Toms missed the cut the last two years.

"I came here this week just a little more relaxed, and just wanted to enjoy the experience," he said. "And I've done that so far. It's certainly reflective in the way I've played."