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Steven Bowditch hung a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 on Plainfield Country Club in the final round of The Barclays to post 6-under 274, up 35 spots on the live leaderboard to tied 11th.

After opening in 71-67-72, Bowditch began the day at even-par (T46) and 11 adrift. Too far back to contend for his second win of the season (AT&T Byron Nelson) but seven off the pace of the overnight top 10. The latter may also seem a stretch, but the Aussie has already matched a career low this year with 62 in the first round of the Byron Nelson, and also shot 63 in round three of the WGC-Bridgestone just two starts ago. After carding 11 bogeys and a double thru his first 54 holes this week, Bowditch went blemish-free in the finale, circling four birdies at Nos. 1, 6, 10 and 17, and an eagle from 8'5" at the par-5 12th. The 32-year-old also rolled in a 17-footer for par at the last to keep his card spotless. Bowditch projects 19th in the FedExCup standings with play still in progress
Aug 30 - 2:01 PM

Brian Harman aced the 218-yard, par-3 14th with a hybrid club (see video link below), his second hole-in-one of the round, to move back to even-par on the day and even for the tournament, currently T46 on the live leaderboard.

Harman had registered a pedestrian 21 putts thru his first 14 holes, but it doesn't matter, after he became just the third player in PGA TOUR history to record two aces in the same round. The last time, Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open. The 28-year-old also aced the 183-yard, par-3 third. Interestingly enough, both chased bogey-5s, so the southpaw is definitely improving his bounce-back stat, where he ranks 160th on the PGA TOUR. Harman entered the week 69th in the FedExCup standings and projects 67th with play still in progress. He had zero aces in over 1,500 par 3s played on TOUR prior to today.
Aug 30 - 1:04 PM

Jason Dufner conjured up a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of The Barclays for a three-day total of 7-under 203, four adrift of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Dufner began his round at 6-under (T2) and one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing two groups ahead of the final pairing, Dufner opened with a two-putt par at the first before squaring a double bogey-6 at the second after missing the green in regulation and then three-putting from 35'6". He bounced back with birdies at Nos. 3 (from 14'2") and 4 (5'6") and added a nine-footer at the par-3 sixth. The 38-year-old missed his last three GIR on his outward half, but saved par each time to turn 1-under. He converted his last birdie at the 10th from 16'3" prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 13th, just his third bogey of the week, T1 in the field in that category thru 54 holes. Dufner entered the Playoffs ranked 103rd in the FedExCup standings and projects 57th with 18 holes remaining.
Aug 29 - 7:42 PM

Henrik Stenson awoke to post a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of The Barclays for a 54-hole tally of 9-under 201, two back of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Stenson began Saturday's play in four-way tie for second at 6-under, one swing adrift of playing partner Bubba Watson. He tied the lead with birdie at the opener from 5'5" but immediately gave the shot back by three-putting the par-4 second from 34'9". The Swede went into stall-mode, concluding his outward half with seven consecutive pars. His only other legit scoring chance prior to the break was from 7'3" at the par-3 third. After a two-putt par at the 10th, Stenson carded back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, both from inside seven feet, to get back into the fight. The 39-year-old added one more circle at the par-4 17th, from 24'6" for his final total. He missed three good chances to improve his number at Nos. 13, 16 and 18, all from inside nine feet, but couldn't convert. Thru 54 holes, Stenson is second in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but 35th in strokes gained: putting after today's -1.782 effort.
Aug 29 - 7:20 PM

Zach Johnson signed for a 3-under-par 31-36=67 after today's third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Johnson began the Saturday festivities in a four-way tie for second at 6-under, one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing in the penultimate pairing with PGA TOUR rookie Tony Finau, Johnson played 17 holes in bogey-free, 4-under, before squaring bogey at the par-4 finisher, his first dropped shot in 44 holes dating back to the ninth hole in the first round. His three bogeys thru 54 holes is tied first in that category and his 12 birdies is T26, so there's more than one way to tame Plainfield Country Club. Early in the round. ZJ tied the lead at 7-under with birdie at the third from 12'4" and kept pace with circles at Nos. 6 (4'1") and 9 (9'10"), respectively. He briefly joined the lead at 10-under with a 29-footer at the par-3 11th, but played his last seven holes in a birdie-less, 1-over to slightly fall off the pace. The 39-year-old landed 15 greens in regulation but registered a -0.197 in strokes gained: putting.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM

Spencer Levin tacked on a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club for a 54-hole aggregate of 7-under 203, four off the pace of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

At No. 412 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Levin is the lowest-ranked player in the field this week in Edison, New Jersey. Fortunately, the Playoffs are about FedExCup points, and the 31-year-old secured his spot in the postseason with a final-round, 7-under 63 at last week's Wyndham to post T18, and entered the week 115th in the standings. On his round, Levin circled five birdies against two bogeys to move up one spot on the leaderboard and jump to a projected 65th in FEC points. The 31-year-old landed 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, registering a -0.004 in strokes gained: putting. Come Sunday, he'll be looking for his second top 10 of the season (T10, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) in his 30th start. He's yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 173 prior starts as a pro.
Aug 29 - 6:50 PM

Dicky Pride spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open to take a four-stroke lead with 18 holes to play at 16-under 197.

Pride's lap around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course featured five birdies and 13 pars. While the ball-striking only produced seven of 13 fairways and 12 GIR, he rolled the rock to a 1.583 putting average and ranks third in the field in putting. The veteran entered the week ranked 40th on the Web.com Tour's money list, but would easily vault well inside of the top 25 to earn a PGA TOUR card with a win on Sunday.
Aug 29 - 6:30 PM

Overnight leader Bubba Watson carved out a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in today's third round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club for a 54-hole tally of 10-under 200, one swing back of Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Watson began his loop with a one-stroke advantage over a trio of players, none named Day or Bae. Playing in the final pairing with Henrik Stenson, Watson landed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, converting on just four for 1.733 putts per GIR and a -0.882 in strokes gained: putting. His four circles came two-per-side at Nos. 3, 6, 12 and 15. His lone blemish came at the par-4 seventh after missing the green. All four of his circles were from inside 10 feet, with a long of 9'3" at the par-3 third. He had two other legit scoring chances from similar distances at the fourth and 16th holes, respectively, but didn't convert. The 36-year-old is one of five players with multiple victories this year on TOUR (WGC-HSBC Champions, Travelers Championship), joined by Jordan Spieth (4), Jason Day (3), Jimmy Walker (2) and Rory McIlroy (2).
Aug 29 - 6:25 PM

Ryan Palmer tacked on a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Palmer began the day at 4-under (T8) and three strokes off the pace. Thru his first 13 holes, he was bogey-free, 6-under, circling birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13. His early split included four conversions from inside seven feet, a 15-footer at the par-4 13th, and a hole-out from just short of the green at the par-4 ninth. Beginning at the 14th, he played his last five holes in 1-over, outpacing one final birdie at the 15th with bogeys at 14 and 16, both the result of missed greens, two of four on the day in that category. At the 14th, he missed par from 5'2" and also missed scoring chances at 17 and 18 from 8'1" and 5'2", respectively. Palmer will be in the penultimate pairing on Sunday with 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. His last of three wins on the PGA TOUR came in 2010 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Aug 29 - 5:57 PM

Jason Day authored a 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the three-quarter pole at 11-under 199, good for share of the clubhouse lead with Sangmoon Bae. UPDATE: With play completed, Day shares a one-stroke lead with Bae heading into Sunday's final round.

Day had played 20 holes without a blemish prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 17th, the result of finding trouble off the tee. He started a new streak with a 10'6" sidewinder at the par-4 18th for his seventh par breaker of the round. The Aussie began Moving Day in a seven-way tie for eighth at 4-under, three adrift and playing with Bae five groups ahead of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. On his loop, he landed eight (of 14) fairways, for a third consecutive round, and hit 15 greens in regulation, circling six birdies and an eagle-3 for 1.533 putts per GIR. The 27-year-old's 63 is his best at The Barclays in 30 career rounds, besting a 64 he shot in last year's edition (Ridgewood CC) where he finished tied runner-up after co-leading thru 54 holes.
Aug 29 - 5:27 PM

Sangmoon Bae authored a 7-under-par 30-33=63 in today's third round of The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey, to post 11-under 199, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Jason Day. UPDATE: With Saturday's play completed, Bae shares a one-stroke lead with Day heading into Sunday's finale.

Bae began his loop in a seven-way logjam at 4-under (T8) and three adrift. Facing a two-year military commitment back in his native South Korea, he circled nine on the card to camouflage two bogeys and shares the top spot in the clubhouse with playing partner Day. Bae penciled four in a bogey-free outward half, including a 19-footer at the par-4 seventh and a 26-footer at the par-4 fifth, respectively. After the break, he overshadowed two bogeys at Nos. 10 and 17 with five birdies, including three consecutive on 14-16. The 29-year-old capped his round with a walk-off 3 from 16'3" at the last. His 63 is a season low on 85 rounds and matches a career mark shot in the first round of the 2014 Sony Open. His three-day total of 21 birdies ranks first in the tournament at last check.
Aug 29 - 5:10 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Zac Blair settled down to post a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of The Barclays to put 6-under 204 on the board at the 54-hole mark, one back of clubhouse leaders Carlos Ortiz and Kevin Kisner.

Blair is one of nine rookies to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, entering the postseason ranked 106th in the FEC standings. Six made the weekend, including Ortiz, whom he chasing for top honors of Playoffs debutants. Blair began Saturday's play in a nine-way tie for 15th at 3-under, four swings back. The Web.com Tour grad outpaced three bogeys in a topsy-turvy front nine with four birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 8 to turn 1-under. His only pars on his outward half came at the fifth and seventh. After the break, the 25-year-old settled down to add two more circles at 10 and 12 in a bogey-free inward nine. He went just 1-for-4 in scrambles but stayed in contention by recording 2.163 in strokes gained: putting at the time he signed his card.
Aug 29 - 4:37 PM

Kevin Kisner enjoyed a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Carlos Ortiz.

Kisner began Moving Day at 2-under (T24) and five off the pace. On his round, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, converting on six for 1.538 putts per GIR. The 31-year-old penciled four on the card from outside 10 feet, including from 11'5" at the par-5 16th, 14'11" at the par-3 11th, and a long of 16'7" at the par-4 second. His lone blemish was the result of a failed sand save at the par-3 third. After finishing 104th last year in his FedExCup Playoffs debut, Kisner entered this week ranked 17th in the FEC standings on the strength of three, runner-up finishes, all playoff losses, on 26 starts to the season.
Aug 29 - 3:54 PM

Luke Donald twirled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the three-quarter pole at 4-under 206, up 30 places on the live leaderboard.

After just four bogey-free rounds for the field thru the first two rounds at Plainfield Country Club, there's been three posted already on Saturday, including Donald's effort. He began the day at 1-over (T50), one inside the cut-line. The 37-year-old opened and closed his loop with birdie-3s, rolling in a 24-footer at the par-4 first, and wrapping with a 16'10" conversion at the par-4 18th. In-between, he penciled three circles on the card at Nos. 4, 9 and 12, each from inside seven feet. The Englishman added par saves from 9'11" at the par-3 11th, 7'10" at the par-4 eighth and a 12-footer at the par-4 second to keep his card blemish-free. Donald split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording a 4.106 mark in strokes gained: putting at last check. His 65 is a season low on 66 rounds.
Aug 29 - 2:05 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Carlos Ortiz smoothed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Ortiz began the day one better than the cut-line at 1-over (T50) and eight shots adrift of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. With the lead pairing still an hour from heading out, Ortiz was putting the wraps on an eight-birdie loop of Plainfield CC, vaulting 49 places on the live leaderboard to tie the top spot. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed just 12 greens in regulation, but registered 4.880 in strokes gained: putting and 1.417 putts per GIR at the time he signed his card. The 24-year-old's set included six conversions from inside nine feet and was highlighted by a hole-out, birdie-4 from a green-side bunker at the 16th. His 62 is career best in 95 rounds, eclipsing a 65 he shot in the final round of the 2014-15 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Aug 29 - 1:26 PM



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