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World No. 32 Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to reach 6-under 204, up nine spots into a 12-way T8, seven back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

The 34-year-old orchestrated just the third blemish-free lap of round 3 -- and sixth of the tourney. He joined forces with Fowler, who shot 65, and Brandon Hagy, who tied the low lap of the week with 64. After opening in 68-69, the Italian began the day T17 on 3-under, six shy of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.107 strokes tee-to-green. Molinari's three birdies came at Nos. 8 (from 18 feet), 12 and 17, both 9-footers, posting 1.786 putts per GIR, 0.507 SG: Putting and 29 putts total. His longest par-saver was from 7'7" at the par-4 first.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 88 Ryan Palmer labored to a 3-over-par 35-38=73 in the third round of The Honda Classic, dropping seven places into a 12-way T8 on 6-under 204.

After opening in 66-65, the Texan co-led with Wesley Bryan, one clear of Rickie Fowler. While Fowler was carding a bogey-free 65 out of the penultimate pairing, he chased a lone birdie-2 at seven (from 12'6") with bogey-5s at eight, 10, 12 and 14, falling seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Fowler. This was the 40-year-old's fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead in 346 career starts (345 pro), first since the 2014 Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank), where he finished T16 (63-71-71-71). He conjured just five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, recording a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR, -2.460 SG: Putting, and 33 putts.
Feb 25 - 6:45 PM

Overnight co-leader and PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan back-pedaled to 2-over-par 34-38=72 in today's third round of The Honda Classic for a 54-hole total of 7-under 203, down two spots into a five-way T3, six back of leader Rickie Fowler.

After opening in 64-67, the World No. 96 co-led with Ryan Palmer, one clear of Fowler. He birdied the par-4 first from 6'9" and 17 holes later, birdied the par-5 18th from 5'9". In between, the 26-year-old carded 13 pars, two bogeys and a double bogey-5 at 15 after his tee ball found the water. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, the latter is the same as in rounds 1 and 2, but dipped to 1.846 putts per GIR and -1.309 SG: Putting, taking 31 putts total.
Feb 25 - 6:28 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 18 Tyrrell Hatton fashioned a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach 9-under 201, up five on the leaderboard to solo 2nd, four adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

The 25-year-old is a one-time winner on the European Tour in 91 career events, claiming the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship back in Oct. He's followed that with seven straight top 25s worldwide, four of those top 10s, including runner-up at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, finishing a career-high 4th in the Race to Dubai rankings. This is the Englishman's 12th career PGA TOUR start, with a best of T5 at last year's Open Championship. He began R3 in a four-way T7 on 5-under, four shy of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. Hatton squared bogeys at 6 and 17, but outpaced them with six birdies, including three straight at 12-14. He took 27 total wacks with the putter, but just 1.538 putts per GIR, currently pacing the field in the latter.
Feb 25 - 6:15 PM

World No. 14 Rickie Fowler painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to post 13-under 197, good for four-shot lead over Tyrrell Hatton and six clear of five players who share third.

After opening in twin 66s, the 28-year-old began round 3 in solo 3rd, one back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.846 strokes off-the-tee and 2.977 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Jupiter, Florida, resident's five birdies came at Nos. 3, 7, 9, 16 and 18, posting 1.727 putts per GIR and 1.637 SG: Putting. Two of his conversions dropped from between 10 and 12 feet, adding a splash from 32'6" for birdie-2 at 7. Fowler is chasing his fourth TOUR title in 179 career events (174 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank. All three of his previous wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. He's 0-for-3 in his career as 54-hole leader, including two missteps last season (Wells Fargo, The Barclays).
Feb 25 - 5:58 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 51 Martin Kaymer stalled out to a 2-under-par 31-37=68 in today's third round of The Honda Classic for a three-day total of 7-under 203, up four spots on the leaderboard to T3, six back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

The 32-year-old raced out with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 9 to turn 4-under, but that was it. He came home in birdie-less 2-over, squaring book-end bogeys at 10 and 18. The German found 11 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and taking 28 swipes with the flat stick. Both of his squares were failed scrambles, lowlighted by a walk-off 6 at the reachable par-5 18th, while three of his birdies were between five and six feet, brushing in a long of 15'1" at the par-4 sixth.
Feb 25 - 5:35 PM

World No. 152 Brian Stuard enjoyed a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach 6-under 204, up 10 places to T7 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old is making his fifth appearance with missed cuts in 2010 and 2015, and top-30 finishes in 2013 (T29) and 2014 (T24). He checks in 7-for-12 on the season with two top 25s and is playing his eighth straight tournament. The Jackson, Michigan, native kicked off in 68-69 and silenced a lone bogey-5 at 11 with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 18, two of those were two-putt versions, another from 32 inches, and the most memorable a 14-footer from the fringe at the eighth.
Feb 25 - 5:23 PM

World No. 40 Zach Johnson rallied for a 3-under-par 37-30=67 in the third round of The Honda Classic for a 54-hole tally of 6-under 204, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to T8.

The newly minted 41-year-old (Feb. 24th) is making his sixth appearance with a best of T13 on debut in 2004 at CC at Mirasol (Sunset). His best at PGA National is T30 in 2008 (74-69-68-72), missing the cut in the last two editions. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident is having no issues with the difficult par 70 this week, opening with 68-69-67. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation on Moving Day, overcoming -0.137 SG: Tee-to-Green with 2.690 SG: Putting and 1.500 putts per GIR. The Drake alum was 2-over thru 11 holes, erasing birdie at the first with double bogey-5 at five and bogey at the par-3 seventh, but then ripped off four straight on holes 12-15. He saved par from 13'5" at the 16th, and ended with a up-and-down birdie at the par-5 18th,
Feb 25 - 5:08 PM

World No. 41 Gary Woodland styled a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to throw 7-under 203 on the board, currently T5 and up 12 places on the day.

The 32-year-old cards his second straight 66, outpacing a lone bogey-4 at seven with birdies at Nos. 3, 12 and 16, capping with a walk-off 3 at the par-5 18th from 14 feet. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways and mustered just nine greens in regulation, but made amends with the flat stick, posting 2.184 SG: Putting and required only 24 putts. The Kansas alum's three birdies dropped from inside of 11 feet and avoided any further damage with two par-savers from between eight and 17 feet.
Feb 25 - 4:47 PM

World No. 47 Kevin Kisner signed for a 4-under-par 33-33=66 after the third round of The Honda Classic and reached the three-quarter mark on 6-under 204, up 18 places to T10 with play still in progress.

This is the 33-year-old's third appearance with a T51 on debut in 2015 and T70 last year on 9-over 289 (72-71-70-76). In those previous eight laps, he recorded just one red number, a 68 in 2015/R2. The South Carolinian has figured out PGA National's Champion Course so far this year, opening in twin 69s and today's six-birdie two-bogey effort. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, gaining 3.198 strokes tee-to-green. The Georgia alum circled five conventional, all from inside of 11 feet, tacking on a 30-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 12.
Feb 25 - 4:20 PM

World No. 85 Sean O'Hair fashioned a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of The Honda Classic to post 7-under 203, up 21 spots on the live leaderboard to T7.

The 34-year-old chased his opening 66 with 72 in R2, erasing one birdie and one eagle with a couple squares and a triple bogey-7 at the ninth. He squared a lone bogey-5 at the second in R3, overshadowed with six birdies, recording a sterling 1.455 putts per GIR and 4.524 SG: Putting. The Texan lost 0.903 strokes approaching the green, landing 11 greens, but totaled just 24 putts. His split featured three conversions from between six and 10 feet, adding a 21-footer for birdie-3 at 12, a 36'9" bomb for birdie at the par-3 fifth, and a 43-footer for birdie-2 at 15. O'Hair's 65 was his best in 33 laps at the Honda and ninth sub-par lap around the two venues. His previous best was 66 in 2013/R1.
Feb 25 - 4:05 PM

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.
Feb 25 - 2:52 PM

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.
Feb 25 - 2:36 PM

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.
Feb 25 - 2:19 PM

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.
Feb 25 - 1:22 PM



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