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World No. 70 Ryan Moore stumbled to an even-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the Genesis Open, dropping five spots to T8 on 6-under 207, four adrift of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

After kicking off in twin-68s, the 34-year-old began T3, one back of 36-hole co-leaders and playing competitors Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. He conjured eight (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation, losing 0.538 strokes off-the-tee and 0.695 tee-to-green. The UNLV alum carded four birdies at holes 1, 6, 11 and 16, cancelled by four squares at 2, 8, 10 and 14. He recorded 1.625 putts per GIR, No. 1 in that stat with a cumulative 1.538, but is T68 in GIR at 48.15 percent (26/54). Moore posted 0.300 SG: Putting with 26 total putts and will be in the fourth-to-last threesome on Sunday.
Feb 17 - 8:22 PM

World No. 95 Kevin Na bobbed and weaved to a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the third round of the Genesis Open, climbing three spots to T3 on 8-under 205, two short of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The South Korean-born American grew up in the L.A. area and was solo 3rd here last year thru 54 holes before 1-under 70 for T4. He's vying for a second TOUR title in 359 career events, joining his maiden win at the 2011 Shriners in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, 148 starts ago. After kicking off with 68-70, he began T6, three back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The 34-year-old hit nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.954 strokes around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 5.191. He was bogey-free 5-under thru 11 holes, yielded three shots with double at 12 and bogey at 13, but retrieved two with circles at 14 and 17, including a hole-out 2 from a greenside bunker at 14 from 49'7" away. Na posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 1.439 SG: Putting with 23 total putts. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome for R4.
Feb 17 - 8:11 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 41 Tony Finau crafted a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 8-under 205, up two places to T3, two shy of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The 28-year-old is chasing a second TOUR title in 99 career events, joining his maiden win at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open 53 starts ago. At the PRO, he came from one back with 2-under 70, eventually winning in a 2-man playoff. After opening in 66-71, the Utahan began in solo 5th, two back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he conjured six (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, losing 0.706 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.355 on approach. Finau suffered one blemish, a double bogey-6 at 12 (errant tee shot, penalty), overshadowed by five birdies at holes 7, 8, 10, 11 and 17. He recorded 1.692 putts per GIR and 0.420 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. Finau will be in the penultimate threesome again for R4.
Feb 17 - 7:59 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 219 Grame McDowell dropped back with a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Genesis Open, falling two spots to T3 on 8-under 205, two shy of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The 38-year-old is vying for his fourth TOUR title in 191 career events, first since the 2016 OHL Classic 43 starts ago. At the OHL, his season debut, he came from three back with 5-under 66, eventually winning in a 3-man playoff. After opening with 69-66, the Ulsterman co-led with playing competitor Cantlay. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit seven (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.574 strokes around-the-green but losing 0.246 on approach. The Orlando, Florida, resident squared two bogey-4s at holes 6 and 16, slightly outpaced by three circles at 2, 11 and 17. He recorded 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.017 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. McDowell will be in the penultimate threesome on Sunday.
Feb 17 - 7:50 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 39 Patrick Cantlay navigated a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 9-under 204, dipping one place to solo 2nd, one swing shy of 54-hole leader and two-time past champion Bubba Watson, who shot 65.

The UCLA product is going for his second TOUR win in 47 career events (39 pro), second this season in six starts. He won the 2018 Shriners four starts ago, where he came from four back with 4-under 67, eventually winning in a 3-man playoff. After kicking off in 66-69, the 25-year-old co-led after each of the first two rounds. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, No. 1 in GIR at 75.93 percent (41/54). The Long Beach, California, native squared two bogey-5s at holes 2 and 8, outpaced by four circles at 1, 10, 11 and 18 (from 10'8"), capping with a walk-off 3 from 54'3". He posted 1.600 putts per GIR and 3.288 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Cantlay will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Watson and Cameron Smith.
Feb 17 - 7:29 PM

Two-time past champion and World No. 117 Bubba Watson smoothed a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to reach 10-under 203, up five spots to the top of leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. UPDATE: Watson will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Cantlay and Cameron Smith.

The 2014 and 2016 winner is making his 279th career start. His most recent (of nine) TOUR titles came here in 2016 (42 starts ago), where he was the 54-hole leader by one, shot 3-under 68 and won by one. This is the Floridian's 11th career 54-hole lead/co-lead, first since the 2016 Genesis, and is 3-for-10 converting. When he won here in 2016, he bumped two places to 4th in OWGR, so the drop since has been precipitous. After opening this week with 68-70, he began T6, three back of a 36-hole co-leaders Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 15, smothered by four conventional circles at 7, 9, 10 and 17, adding a chip-in birdie-3 at 6 (from 44'11" away) and a kick-in eagle-3 at 1 from 18 inches. He posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 1.587 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 7:08 PM

World No. 353 Derek Fathauer authored a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the Genesis Open for a three-day total of 7-under 206, currently T6, which is where he began, and three back of 54-hole clubhouse leader and two-time past champ Bubba Watson.

The 32-year-old hit seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.472 strokes off-the-tee and eking out a 0.l189 tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 7 and 11, outpaced by three birdies at 9 (from 16'9"), 10 and 17, adding a slam-dunk eagle-2 at 3 from 120 yards away. The Louisville alum recorded 1.556 putts per GIR and 2.434 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 8.309, taking just 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 6:50 PM

World No. 209 Scott Stallings navigated a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the Genesis Open for a 54-hole tally of 6-under 207, up two places on the live leaderboard to T8, two adrift of clubhouse leader Cameron Smith. UPDATE: With play completed, Stallings is T8, four back of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The 32-year-old improves to 3-for-4 at the Genesis with a best thus far of T45 on debut in 2014. After kicking off with 71-68, he began T10 on 3-under, four back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The Tennessee Tech alum striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.628 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.822 around-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 2, 4, and 10, outflanked by six circles at 1, 7-9, 11 and 17, three of those 2-putt varieties. The Massachusetts native posted 1.727 putts per GIR and 1.913 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. He's currently T1 in total birdies thru 54 holes with 15.
Feb 17 - 6:40 PM

World No. 58 Cameron Smith tossed up a bogey-free 33-32=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 8-under 205, up 13 spots on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Smith is T3, two shy of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson, and will be in the final threesome on Sunday with Watson and Patrick Cantlay.

This was the Aussie's 11th lap around Riviera CC and is a new personal best, eclipsing 68 in R2. Last year, he opened with trip-69s and 72 for T28, his best thus far in two prior visits (T63/2016). After opening with 72 and bogey-free 68, the 24-year-old began T15 on 2-under, five shy of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. He landed seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.921 strokes around-the-green and 2.445 tee-to-green. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident, who's blemish-free over his last 38 holes, carded four birdies at holes 2, 6, 14 and 17, three from between eight and 22 feet, adding eagle-3 at 11 from 9'1". He posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 3.160 SG: Putting with just 22 total putts.
Feb 17 - 6:23 PM

Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 4 Justin Thomas spun a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Genesis Open for a 54-hole total of 6-under 207, up eight places to T7, two short of clubhouse leader Cameron Smith. UPDATE: With play completed, Thomas is T8, four adrift of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

The 24-year-old mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.261 strokes off-the-tee and 1.063 around-the-green but gaining 1.710 approaching-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 2, 4 and 12, camouflaged by five birdies and eagle-3 at 1 from 47'9". The Alabama product's birdies came at 5, 7, 9, 11 and 18, four from between seven and 25 feet, capping with a walk-off 3 from 9'11". He registered 1.455 putts per GIR and 3.226 SG: Putting with 25 total putts.
Feb 17 - 6:03 PM

Past champ and World No. 235 Aaron Baddeley birdied his final three holes en route to a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Genesis Open to reach 6-under 207, up eight spots to T7 with play still in progress.

After kicking off in 72-68, the 2011 winner began T15 on 2-under, one short of the overnight top 10. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.429 strokes off-the-tee and 0.377 approaching-the-green, but gaining 2.523 around-the-green. The New Hampshire-born Aussie was blemish-free 4-under thru 10 holes, retreated three with squares at 11, 13 and 15, and then the hat-trick of red to finish. His split included three conversions from between eight and 12 feet, and walked off with a 38-footer for birdie-3 at 18. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident recorded a tidy 1.400 putts per GIR and 1.826 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 5:53 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, defending champ and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 29-35=64 on Moving Day at the Genesis Open, vaulting 46 places on the live leaderboard to T7 on 6-under 207, and good for the low round of the week thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson is T8, four in arrears of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

This was the 33-year-old's 39th career lap at Riviera CC and ties a personal best. He shot 64 two times previous, including a R3 64 last year after being the 36-hole leader by one. That 64 built him a 5-shot lead at the three-quarter pole, eventually cruising to a 5-shot victory with a closing 71. After opening with 74 and 69, the Coastal Carolina product began T53 on 1-over, one inside the cut line and four short of the overnight top 10. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.765 strokes off-the-tee and 5.372 tee-to-green. The 17-time TOUR winner went out in 1-under, circling birdie-4 at 11, and then caught fire, ticking four more birdies at 3, 4 (hole-out from 32'1"), 6 and 7, and adding eagle-3 at 1 from 11'7" (fringe). He posted 1.538 putts per GIR and 1.075 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 5:28 PM

World No. 14 Marc Leishman finished birdie-birdie on Friday at Riviera Country Club but otherwise labored to a 2-over-par 38-35=73 in the second round of the Genesis Open and at 5-over 74-73=147, missed the cut by three shots.

At total of 76 pros from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the cut of 2-over 144, 13, T64 on the number. Leishman, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, was highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to bow out as well as the highest in OWGR. His early exit is a first of the season in seven starts and ends his consecutive cuts made streak at nine, last missing a cut at THE NORTHERN TRUST last August (first FedExCup Playoffs event). For the short week, the 3-time TOUR winner outbalanced seven birdies with 10 bogeys and a double, and lost 5.731 strokes on-the-greens. Other notable trunk slams include: 145- Ollie Schniederjans; Kyle Stanley; Keegan Bradley .. 146- Francesco Molinari; Jimmy Walker .. 147- Beau Hossler .. 148- Ted Potter, Jr.; Tiger Woods; Shane Lowry .. 149- Brian Gay .. 151- Daniel Berger.
Feb 17 - 11:18 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, sponsor invite and World No. 206 Sam Saunders orchestrated a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to reach 6-under 136, currently T3, which is where he began Round 2, and one back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell.

In the Clemson product's Genesis debut last year -- also on a sponsor exemption -- he was the first-round leader with a then-career-low 64 before tumbling to T49 (77-73-68). After opening this week in 67, he was 3-under thru 15 holes on Friday when play was suspended (darkness), and returned on Saturday morning to card two pars and a walk-off bogey-5 at nine following an errant tee shot. On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 3-time Web.com Tour grad offset two squares and a double with six birdies, currently T1 in total birdies thru 36 holes with 11. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome in R3 with Tony Finau and Bubba Watson.
Feb 17 - 11:01 AM

One of 15 players stranded during the second round of the Genesis Open on Friday did not return on Saturday morning to complete their respective rounds.

At press time, Morgan Hoffmann is the only player who did not return after Friday's second round was suspended due to darkness. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he was 4-over thru 17 holes, 5-over total. With just one hole remaining and three short of the projected cut (2-over 144), the 28-year-old chose to call it a day. This is his third mid-tourney WD in 146 career events, first since the 2015 Honda Classic following a first-round 80. There is no current information indicating that the Jupiter, Florida, resident's WD was due to injury, though he did reveal back in November that he is battling muscular dystrophy. The Oklahoma State product is in the published field at next week's Honda, where the defending champion is fellow Cowboy Rickie Fowler.
Feb 17 - 10:29 AM



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