By petedirenzo
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Young Leaders Jan21_woodland_600x427 Rookie Jhonattan Vegas and second-year PGA Tour member Gary Woodland are tied for the lead after three rounds, but it will be interesting to see if they can stay at the top over the next two days. Woodland and Vegas are bombers -- both players are averaging more than 310 yards off the tee this week -- and both lead a key statistical category. Vegas leads the field in fairways hit (39 of 41), while Woodland leads greens in regulation (48 of 54). 'Boom, Baby!' is BackJeff Overton had his breakout moment last year at the Ryder Cup when he made an eagle on a par 4 and capped it off by screaming, "Boom, baby!" Overton is still seeking his first PGA Tour win, but he's only three strokes off the lead after a five-under 67 on Friday at La Quinta. The key for Overton over the next two days could be the par 3s. Through three rounds, Overton is one over on the par 3s. Hot PutterBefore his round on Friday, Greg Chalmers got a putting tip from an unlikely source. Chalmers overheard a caddie telling one of the amateurs in the field to make sure his hands were forward during his putting stroke. A lightbulb went off for Chalmers, and he went out and shot a bogey-free 65 and now finds himself only one shot back.
But can Chalmers keep his putting stroke going Saturday on the SilverRock course, often considered the hardest of the four courses at the Bob Hope? Birdies for a CauseThere's usually no cheering from the press box, but it will be hard not to root for Steve Elkington when he makes a birdie this week. Elkington will donate $1,000 for every birdie to aid flood victims in Australia. He has made 16 birdies through three rounds. More from the Bob Hope: Scores | Tee times | Photos | Recap (Photo: Gary Woodland; Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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