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Grillo climbs the board with third-round 65 02-25-2017
Emiliano Grillo
World No. 28 Emiliano Grillo painted a 5-under-par 31-34=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to reach 7-under 203, currently T6 on the leaderboard and up 22 places the round. The 24-year-old began in 68-70, carding six birdies, three each day, against four bogeys. He equaled his two-day output with six circles in R3, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at 10 (failed scramble). The reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 3.476 strokes tee-to-green. He converted all six birdies from inside of 14 feet, posting a tidy 1.500 putts per GIR and 25 putts total.
Lat birdie barrage buoys Walker to 65 in R3 02-25-2017
Jimmy Walker
World No. 22 Jimmy Walker birdied five of his final six holes en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of The Honda Classic and a 54-hole total of 6-under 204, up 40 spots to T8 with play still in progress. The Baylor product has cashed six times in eight previous appearances with a best of T31 in 2006 -- across the street at CC at Mirasol (Sunset). His best at PGA National's Champion Course is T38 in 2008 (67-75-70-72). Combined, this was the 38-year-old's 31st career round and eclipses a previous-best 66 (x2). He made the cut (by one) with laps of 70-69 and was sleepwalking on even-par in R3 thru 12 holes, exchanging birdie at the par-5 third with bogey-5 at 11, before the torrid finish. The Texas resident kicked off the run with a 12-footer for birdie at the par-4 13th and backed it up with a 24-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 14. He ended with a three-birdie train, tallying 1.714 putts per GIR and 28 putts total.
Walk-off eagle lifts Garcia to third-round 66 02-25-2017
Sergio Garcia
World No. 9 Sergio Garcia authored a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of The Honda Classic for a three-day total of 5-under 205, up 33 places on the live leaderboard to T15. After opening in 68-71, the 37-year-old improved to 7-for-7 at PGA National. He has three previous top 25s, two for top 10s, including a runner-up finish last year as a 54-hole co-leader, closing in 1-over 71. For a third straight lap, the Spaniard split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, recording 1.538 putts per GIR and 28 total putts. He squared three bogeys at Nos. 2, 5 and 14 (failed scrambles), but outpaced them with five birdies, all from inside of 14 feet, and a walk-off 3 from 16 feet at the par-5 18th.
Rookie Blaum career-tying-low 65 in R3 02-25-2017
Stefano Mazzoli
PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 381 Ryan Blaum spun a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach 5-under 205, up 44 spots to T11 with play still in progress. Playing his 62nd career round, the 33-year-old equals a career low, shot in R2 of the 2016 OHL Classic en route to T29. He chased an opening 67 this week with an up-and-down 73 to make the cut on the number. The Floridian squared a lone bogey-5 at the second, missing a par-saver from 4'1", but bounced back with eagle-3 at 3 (from 7'10") and birdie at the par-4 fourth (11'6"). He saved par from 14'8" at the sixth leading to a kick-in 2 at the par-3 seventh from 25 inches. The Duke alum dropped in another par-saver at 10 (10'6") before circling another 2 at the 15th, from a mere 12 inches and wrapping up with an up-and-down 4 at the par-5 18th.
Hagy career-low 64; ties low round of week 02-25-2017
Brandon Hagy
After making the cut on the number, sponsor invite and World No. 382 Brandon Hagy hung up a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to post 6-under 204, up 50 places on the live leaderboard to T5, and tying the low lap of the week with first-round co-leaders Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan. This is a new career low for the 25-year-old in his 19th career start, ninth as a member. His previous best was 66 two times, most recently at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach/R2. After kicking off his tourney debut in 67-73, the UC-Berkeley alum was the last player to make the cut, despite bogeying two of his final four holes in R2. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR, 3.756 SG: Putting and 26 putts total. The Tour grad circled six birdies, three from between seven and nine feet with a long of 20'2" at the par-4 12th.
Joburg cut to 54 holes; Fichardt tied at top 02-25-2017
Darren Fichardt
The Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa has been reduced to 54 holes after another burst of bad weather Saturday; Darren Fichardt and Paul Waring will start the third and final round tied for the lead at 11-under 132.
After two days of disruptions, the second round was played to a finish Saturday morning with Waring completing a 68 to join Fichardt for the halfway lead. Li Haotong, Garrick Porteous, Andre De Decker, Magnus A. Carlsson and Garth Mulroy all made early progress in round three to hit 7-under but, after an initial suspension, rain, thunder and lightning meant play was called off early for the day with all those at 8-under or better yet to hit a shot in round three. Tournament director David Williams said: "The forecast for tomorrow is pretty good. I think we'll just have to wait and see how much damage is done today. We'll just keep our fingers crossed that we have a reasonably good evening, that we can restart tomorrow and get finished over three rounds." The third round will resume at 07.00am on Sunday morning.
Jacobson MCs Honda; first start since surgery 02-25-2017
Fredrik Jacobson
In his first start since thumb surgery in October, World No. 213 Freddie Jacobson missed the cut at The Honda Classic by nine shots. The 42-year-old carded rounds of 78-71 as he dusted the rust off, posting fairways and greens in regulation numbers of 39.29 percent (11/28) and 50.00 percent (18/36), respectively. He circled seven birdies versus eight bogeys and four doubles. Last season, the long-time Florida resident finished 90th in the FedExCup standings, last seen exited the Playoffs with a MC at the Deutsche Bank 25 weeks ago. His surgery was to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Waring slips back into 36h tie with Fichardt 02-25-2017
Paul Waring
Paul Waring returned to Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course Saturday to complete a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in his delayed second round at the Joburg Open and finished joint halfway leader with local man Darren Fichardt. Fichardt had set the target off 11-under 132 yesterday and Waring looked set to improve on that after sitting at 12-under through 12 when bad light caused Friday's suspension. But the Englishman signed for five pars and a walk-off bogey to fall back into a share. Waring and Fichardt lead by a shot from home South African duo Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk. It's a further stroke back to Pep Angles, first-round leader Paul Peterson, Stuart Manley, Aaron Rai, defending champion Haydn Porteous and Anton Karlsson. The field now plays both weekend rounds on the tougher East Course where Waring carded a 7-under 65 in round one.