TOUR rookie Dawie van der Walt rallied for a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, up 31 spots on the live leaderboard to T14, and matching the low round in the clubhouse with Fabian Gomez. UPDATE: With play completed, van der Walt is in a seven-way logjam at T10, six back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler, who shot 68.
The 33-year-old is among 28 first-timers at Quail Hollow and one of 10 rookies. He's currently leading both contingents at 3-under 213. The South African was one off the 18-hole lead after circling seven against two on day 1 but erased all of his work with 5-over 77 on Fri. He began the third round with bogeys on holes 1 and 3, the latter a 3-putt from 37'1", but rebounded with back-to-back birdies on six and seven, capping the run with an 86'2" hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker at the drivable par-4 eighth. The transplanted Texan squared his last with a failed scramble at the ninth but played his home half in bogey-free 2-under, circling the par-5 15th from 27'9" and adding a 12-footer at the par-3 17th. He also dropped four par putts from between five and 14 feet en route to 3.375 strokes gained: putting at last glance. Sat, May 7, 2016 02:51:00 PM