Players Amateur: Nisbet leads after third round
Daniel Nisbet
Daniel Nisbet

BLUFFTON, S.C. (July 14, 2012) -- A day that began with a crowded leaderboard finished with most of the field facing an uphill climb to catch Australian Daniel Nisbet and Alabama star Bobby Wyatt, who distanced themselves from the pack during the third round of the 13th annual Players Amateur on Saturday at Berkeley Hall Club.

Nisbet and Wyatt are the only players who have consistently navigated Berkeley Hall's South Course without falling prey to the thick rough or tricky pin placements. Only 12 players are under par through 54 holes.

Nisbet started the day with a three-shot lead and maintained his spot atop the leaderboard with a 2-under-par 70 to get to 11-under for the week, but his lead dwindled down the stretch.

Wyatt charged hard with birdies at Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to card a 5-under-par 67 and get within one shot of the lead. He missed an opportunity to pull even when his short birdie putt at the par-4 18th lipped out.

Nisbet and Wyatt will be joined in the final group by Michael Hebert, who posted the best round of the day with a 6-under 66 but is likely playing for third place at 3-under for the tournament.

Matthew NeSmith, the 2011 Junior Heritage champion, is among a group of four players at 2-under.

Nisbet had a relatively quiet round with just three birdies and one bogey. He had a four-shot cushion after his birdie at the par-5 12th and finished with six straight pars.

Meanwhile, Wyatt made a charge, playing the final five holes in 3-under. He made six birdies in the round, and his only misstep was a bogey at the par-5 ninth.

The leaders will tee off at 9:45 a.m. Admission is free, and the tournament is open to the public.

Results For The Players Amateur Golf Tournament
1AustraliaDaniel NisbetAustralia100069-66-70--205
2ALBobby WyattMobile, AL70066-73-67--206
3FLMichael HebertOrlando, FL50073-74-66--213
T4SCMatt NeSmithNorth Augusta, SC50070-73-71--214
T4GAAnders AlbertsonWoodstock, GA50071-70-73--214

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ABOUT THE Players Amateur

While competing in the 1999 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, former US Walker Cup Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight discussed the formation of a premier 72-hole stroke play amateur golf tournament. The inaugural Players Amateur was held the next summer. Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of the 2000 event.  In 2004, the Heritage Classic Foundation began running the event. The Heritage Classic Foundation was formed in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3), not- for-profit organization, it serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic. The Foundation distributes all charitable funds generated from the tournaments to charity. The winner of The Players Amateur gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

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