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5-seed Paul Casey conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to reach the three-quarter mark on 3-under 207, down two spots to T7.

The 39-year-old began the third frame in a three-way T5 on 2-under, five adrift of Johnson, and following a three-birdie two-bogey effort, is still five back of 54-hole co-leaders Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He squared bogey-5s at Nos. 1 and 14, both on failed scrambles, but did save a '5' on 14 from 9'4". The Englishman circled holes 6, 10 and 18, each from inside of 13 feet. He mustered a week-low five (of 14) fairways but managed to hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.769 putts per GIR.
Sep 24 - 5:40 PM

17-seed Hideki Matsuyama rallied for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post 5-under 205, down two places to solo fifth, three shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The 24-year-old answered a triple bogey-7 at the 14th with birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to get back into the red on the day. Earlier, he camouflaged bogey-5 at seven (failed scramble) with birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 13, the latter from 16'9". At the par-4 14th, Matsuyama took five to get on the surface and missed a chance to "save" double from 6'3". His bounce back was fueled by his longest conversion of the day, dropping a 29'6" bomb at the difficult par-3 15th. Matsuyama's six birdies (on 13 greens in regulation) matched his output in R1, where he co-led with Johnson and Chappell.
Sep 24 - 5:13 PM

27-seed Jason Dufner matched the week's low round with a 4-under-par 30-36=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to toss 4-under 206 on the board, up five places to solo sixth, four adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

In ideal scoring conditions, the 39-year-old's 66 was the seventh of the day, 11th of the week. He did all of his damage with a bogey-free outward 30, limping home in a birdie-less 1-over, squaring a lone bogey at the par-4 17th on a failed scramble. Dufner improved to 14 greens in regulation, circling four conventional birdies and adding a 38'1" pitch-in for a '3' at the par-4 eighth. After recording negative numbers in SG: Putting in R1, he's put up two straight for the good, including 1.241 in the third frame.
Sep 24 - 4:50 PM

30-seed Charl Schwartzel rode back-to-back eagles to a week-tying-low 4-under-par 31-35=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 3-under 207, up seven spots to T7, five in arrears to 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The 32-year-old's 66 was the 11th of the week recorded at East Lake and one of seven on Moving Day. His was buoyed by consecutive eagles on Nos. 6 and 7, the first a conventional 8'10" roll at the par-5 sixth and the second, a hole-out from 142 yards for a '2' at the seventh. The South African birdied the 12th and 18th, both from inside of 12 feet, but cancelled them with a two-putt double bogey-6 at the 14th. He recorded week bests with seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.631 strokes approaching-the-green.
Sep 24 - 4:41 PM

14-seed Ryan Moore signed for a week-tying-low 4-under-par 31-35=66 after the third round of the TOUR Championship to reach 6-under 204, up two places to T3, two back of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

Chasing a Ryder Cup pick, the 33-year-old has posted progressively better laps of 70-68-66. Today's round started off with a bang, circling birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7 to turn bogey-free 4-under, but stalled out from there, exchanging further birdies on 12 and 17 with bogeys at 11 and 15, missing a pair of par-savers from inside of nine feet. Moore carded his six par breakers on 12 greens in regulation for a tidy 1.500 putts per GIR, highlighted by a 38-footer for birdie-3 at the fifth. He saved par three times from between eight and 13 feet, contributing to 1.533 SG: Putting.
Sep 24 - 4:29 PM

6-seed Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the week with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-32=66 on Moving Day at the TOUR Championship to reach 6-under 204, up two places to T3, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The World No. 3 won the second leg of the Playoffs at TPC Boston in come-from-behind fashion, erasing a six-shot deficit with a closing 65 to clip 54-hole leader Paul Casey by two. He's much closer this time after posting just the fourth bogey-free round of the week thus far. The Ulsterman began R3 in a three-way T5, five shy of Johnson. He finally conquered the first nine at East Lake, circling the par-4 eighth from 4'10" to turn 1-under, adding further birdies at 13 and 16, both from inside of eight feet, and a two-putt from 39'11" for birdie-4 at the 18th. He peppered 17 greens in regulation contributing to 4.306 SG: Tee-to-Green, but lost 1.356 strokes with the flat stick, missing four mid-range scoring chances from inside of 12 feet.
Sep 24 - 4:12 PM

Making his Playoffs finale debut, 15-seed and first-round tri-leader Kevin Chappell orchestrated a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to catch overnight leader Dustin Johnson and share the top spot on 8-under 202.

Three times a runner-up this season in 26 prior starts, the 30-year-old is chasing his first TOUR title in his 167th career event. This is his fifth lead/co-lead in 2015-16 after ANY round, but first time at the three-quarter pole. Chappell kicked off with 11 straight pars before breaking the ice with a pitch-in from behind the green at the 12th for birdie-3. Four pars later, he connected from 8'5" for birdie at the par-4 17th that completed his scoring. The Californian landed 13 green in regulation and leads in that stat at 79.63 percent (43/54). He has bagged two of the four bogey-free rounds at East Lake thru 54 holes.
Sep 24 - 3:49 PM

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson bobbed and weaved to a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 8-under 202, dropping into a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell.

The FedExCup leader began the third frame with a one-shot lead over playing competitor Chappell, his fourth 36-hole lead/co-lead this season in his 22nd start. He raced out with three straight circles on holes 4-6, but gave one back at the par-4 seventh (failed scramble) to turn 2-under. The 32-year-old, who co-led with Chappell after R1, missed birdie from 8'10" at the par-3 11th, but coaxed in a 12-footer for birdie-3 at 12. Back-to-back bogeys followed on 13 and 14, the former a 3-putt from 70 feet, before dropping a 14-footer for birdie-2 at 15. Johnson swallowed an all-over-the-yard double bogey-6 at the 17th, but bounced back with an up-and-down birdie on 18 from 4'6". This is his second 54-hole lead/co-lead this season, converting his first at the BMW Championship, where he led outright.
Sep 24 - 3:34 PM

12-seed Justin Thomas carved out a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 2-under 208, down one spot to solo ninth.

The 23-year-old squared bogey-5s on Nos. 1, 14 and 16, all on failed scrambles, but outpaced them with birdies at 8, 11 (from 36'5") and 12, adding a two-putt version from 36'5" for a walk-off 4 at the par-5 18th. He posted week bests with 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, getting the most out of his round with 1.594 SG: Off-the-Tee.
Sep 24 - 3:19 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and 9-seed Emiliano Grillo crafted a week-tying-low 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post 1-under 209, up nine spots to solo 10th with play still in progress.

The 24-year-old kicked off his Playoffs finale debut in 73-70 to sit T19 on 3-over, 10 back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. He squared bogeys on eight (failed scramble) and a walk-off 6 at 18 after putting his second into the water, but overshadowed them with six birdies, including three straight on Nos. 11-13. The Argentine found eight (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR and 3.049 SG: Putting. All six of his circles traveled greater than eight feet highlighted by a 48'11" bomb on the par-4 seventh.
Sep 24 - 2:56 PM

16-seed Matt Kuchar fashioned a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to reach the three-quarter mark on even-par 210, joining Kevin Chappell's 66 in R1 as the only blemish-free rounds of the week thus far.

The 38-year-old stumbled to a 73 in yesterday's second frame, outbalancing four birdies with five bogeys and a double, but rebounded with a clean card on Day 3 at East Lake to move five places to T11 with play still in progress. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and is currently leading the field in that stat at 73.81 percent (31/42). The Georgia Tech alum hit 14 greens in regulation, circling the par-5 sixth from 4'1" and the par-3 11th from 27'8", posting a pedestrian 1.857 putts per GIR though 1.400 in SG: Putting. He rolled in three par-savers from between five and nine feet but did miss a scoring chance from 6'7" at the par-4 17th.
Sep 24 - 2:38 PM

Atlanta resident and 21-seed Roberto Castro birdied his final two holes en route to a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post even-par 210, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T11.

The 31-year-old opened his second appearance (T9/2013) in 73-70 so he's getting progressively better as the tourney moves along. He lost 1.422 strokes off-the-tee but gained 1.739 shots around-the-green, currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 2.889. The Georgia Tech alum improved to 12 greens in regulation and circled six birdies, five conventional, including three from greater than 16 feet, adding a hole-out 2 on the par-3 ninth from a greenside bunker. He squared bogeys on holes 2, 7 and 13, all on failed scrambles.
Sep 24 - 2:02 PM

24-seed Bubba Watson tossed up a week-tying-low 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 1-over 211, up 11 places to T14 with play still in progress.

Vying for the final Captain's Pick at next week's Ryder Cup, the 37-year-old succumbed to the added pressure in the first two rounds, opening in 72-73 to sit in solo 25th-place (of 29 players) on 5-over. He circled just four birdies thru 36 holes and averaged a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR in both laps, but rebounded on Day 3 to card six on 14 greens in regulation for 1.571 putts per GIR and 2.306 SG: Putting. Watson didn't birdie either of the par 5s, but recorded six birdie-3s, highlighted by a 29-footer at the eighth. He took some luster off with back-to-back bogeys at 14 (failed scramble) and 15, watering his tee ball on the par-3 15th.
Sep 24 - 1:44 PM

Peter Uihlein carded a disastrous 13-over-par 43-41=84 to finish last of those to play 36 holes in the Porsche European Open, on 15-over 157.

The American, who has only recently returned to action following recuperation from surgery, carded a first round 73 before struggling horribly in round two. There were three bogeys, three double bogeys and one quadruple bogey. He found just six greens in regulation and record 4-for-12 in Scrambling. Other notables who missed out include: 139- Thorbjorn Olesen, George Coetzee, Padraig Harrington, Haotong Li … 140- Pablo Larrazabal, Peter Hanson, Stephen Gallacher … 141- Alejandro Canizares, Matteo Manassero, Julien Quesne … 143- Jamie Donaldson … 144- Rikard Kalrberg … 146- Chris Hanson … 150- Matt Every.
Sep 24 - 1:05 PM

For the second round running Matthew Southgate closed the wrong way, but he remains T10 on 9-under 133 after his 4-under-par 34-33=67 at the Porsche European Open.

The Englishman ended his first round with a double bogey-6 at 18 and whilst he was not so destructive in round two, he did make bogey-4 at No. 7. But as in round one, before that he was full of birdies. He made two on the back nine at 13 and 15, then three on the front at 1, 3 and 6. His game is solid: 19 of 26 fairways, 27 of 36 greens in regulation, 54 putts and 7-for-9 in Scrambling. He's seeking a sixth top 20 finish of his breakthrough season and was T5 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on the Challenge Tour last year; an event he played in the knowledge that he would return home to the results of a cancer test. Those results ultimately led to surgery and he has bounced back in remarkable style.
Sep 24 - 11:56 AM



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