2014 Northern Trust Open: William McGirt surges into the lead

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

William McGirt is now one round away from his first PGA Tour win after an excellent third round.

The Northern Trust Open field is loaded with household PGA Tour names, but through three rounds, it's a few lesser known players on top of the leaderboard. William McGirt holds the 54-hole lead at 12-under with George McNeill and Charlie Beljan tied for second place at 10-under.

McGirt got off to a good start on Saturday, with five birdies on his first six holes. He made the turn in 31 and continued to surge up the leaderboard with three birdies in his first four holes on the back nine. A late bogey dropped him to 12-under overall, but it was still good for a two-stroke advantage. McGirt has never won on the PGA Tour, although he has finished in a tie for second place twice. McNeill jumped into a tie for second with a 5-under 66, while Beljan carded a 3-under 68 for the second straight day.

If McGirt is going to secure his first PGA Tour win, he'll have to hold off a crowded and talented leaderboard. Jordan Spieth, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are among the players tied for sixth place at 8-under. Watson turned in the round of the day, carding a 7-under 64. After running into trouble during the first two rounds -- including three double bogeys -- he was nearly flawless in the third round. He finished with seven birdies and 11 pars.

Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through three rounds:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

1

William McGirt

-12

69

67

65

T2

George McNeill

-10

69

68

66

T2

Charlie Beljan

-10

67

68

68

T4

Jason Allred

-9

73

64

67

T4

Brian Harman

-9

67

69

68

T6

Bubba Watson

-8

70

71

64

T6

Cameron Tringale

-8

68

70

67

T6

Jimmy Walker

-8

67

71

67

T6

Jordan Spieth

-8

72

66

67

T6

Charl Schwartzel

-8

69

68

68

T6

Dustin Johnson

-8

66

70

69

T6

Sang-Moon Bae

-8

67

66

72

T13

Bill Haas

-7

72

67

67

T13

Charley Hoffman

-7

67

71

68

T13

Brendan Steele

-7

68

71

67

T13

Aaron Baddeley

-7

69

65

72

T17

Luke Guthrie

-6

71

69

67

T17

John Senden

-6

71

70

66

T17

Lee Westwood

-6

69

70

68

T17

Bryce Molder

-6

69

69

69

T17

Matt Every

-6

69

69

69

T17

Jim Furyk

-6

68

68

71

T17

Robert Garrigus

-6

67

67

73

T24

Hideki Matsuyama

-5

70

69

69

T24

K.J. Choi

-5

69

72

67

T24

Harris English

-5

70

69

69

T24

James Hahn

-5

71

72

65

T24

Blake Adams

-5

67

70

71

T29

Ken Duke

-4

71

69

69

T29

David Lingmerth

-4

70

69

70

T29

Ernie Els

-4

71

70

68

T29

Daniel Summerhays

-4

71

72

66

T33

Matt Jones

-3

67

73

70

T33

Jhonattan Vegas

-3

70

69

71

T33

Kevin Chappell

-3

71

70

69

T33

Brendon Todd

-3

71

70

69

T33

J.J. Henry

-3

70

69

71

T33

Keegan Bradley

-3

68

70

72

T33

Justin Rose

-3

70

72

68

T33

Victor Dubuisson

-3

70

72

68

T33

Stuart Appleby

-3

72

71

67

T42

David Lynn

-2

70

71

70

T42

Francesco Molinari

-2

67

73

71

T42

Robert Allenby

-2

71

69

71

T42

Angel Cabrera

-2

69

71

71

T42

Scott Stallings

-2

67

72

72

T42

Ben Crane

-2

72

70

69

T42

Geoff Ogilvy

-2

74

68

69

T42

Scott Brown

-2

70

67

74

T50

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

-1

71

70

71

T50

Erik Compton

-1

74

67

71

T50

Kevin Stadler

-1

69

69

74

T50

Vijay Singh

-1

75

67

70

T50

Justin Leonard

-1

70

72

70

T55

Harold Varner III

E

69

72

72

T55

J.B. Holmes

E

67

71

75

T55

Ian Poulter

E

72

70

71

T55

Martin Laird

E

70

73

70

T59

Martin Flores

1

72

69

73

T59

Kevin Streelman

1

72

69

73

T59

Jason Gore

1

71

69

74

T59

Pat Perez

1

69

72

73

T59

Richard H. Lee

1

69

72

73

T59

Webb Simpson

1

70

72

72

T59

John Huh

1

71

71

72

T59

Will MacKenzie

1

73

69

72

T59

Marc Leishman

1

69

74

71

T59

Hunter Mahan

1

70

73

71

T69

Billy Hurley III

2

70

71

74

T69

Retief Goosen

2

73

69

73

T69

Davis Love III

2

71

71

73

T69

Graham DeLaet

2

70

73

72

T73

Scott Piercy

3

71

69

76

T73

Tim Wilkinson

3

71

72

73

75

Ben Curtis

4

70

73

74

T76

Jason Dufner

5

70

72

76

T76

Michael Putnam

5

71

72

75

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