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World No. 264 Brian Gay back-pedaled to a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of The RSM Classic, falling one spot to solo 3rd on 14-under 198, four shy of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Austin Cook, who shot 66.

After opening with 65-64, the 44-year-old began in solo 2nd, one back of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.899 strokes tee-to-green despite gaining 0.912 approaching-the-green. The Texas native carded five birdies at holes 2, 6, 7, 11 and 17 (from 25'10"), taking the luster off with bogey-5s at 14 (3-putt from 40'9") and 18, and double bogey-6 at 5 (3-putt from 66'0"). He posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.365 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts..
Nov 18 - 5:12 PM

First-round leader and past champ Chris Kirk fashioned a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to post 15-under 197, up one spot to solo 2nd, three adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in 63-70, the Georgia alum began T3 on 9-under, five shy of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.553 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.132 approaching-the-green. The 32-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9, offset by seven circles at 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 17, two from between 18 and 30 feet. He recorded 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.972 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. This is the World No. 188's first time in the top 10 thru 54 holes since T8 at the 2017 CareerBuilder back in January, where he finished T21 after 2-over 74.
Nov 18 - 4:59 PM

Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook spun a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 18-under 194, good for a three-shot lead over first-round leader Chris Kirk.

This is the University of Arkansas alum's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in his 14th career TOUR start. His best finish thus far is T6 at the 2015 Barbasol as a non-member and the 599th-ranked player in OWGR. After kicking off in 66-62, the 26-year-old led by one over Brian Gay, who shot 69 today and dropped to solo 3rd, four back. He found 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.713 strokes off-the-tee and 0.637 around-the-green. The World No. 302, who was blemish-free thru 36 holes, squared a lone bogey-5 at 14 (3-putt from 83'8"), camouflaged by five circles at 1, 2 (from 14'3"), 7, 9 and 15. He registered 1.786 putts per GIR and 0.588 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Nov 18 - 4:45 PM

World No. 255 Vaughn Taylor patched together a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of The RSM Classic for a 54-hole total of 11-under 201, down three places to T6, a distant seven in arrears of leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in 67-66, the Augusta State University alum began T3 on 9-under, five back of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and conjured 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.246 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.151 around-the-green. The 41-year-old carded three conventional birdies at holes 5, 7, and 17 (from 23'3"), adding a pitch-in birdie-3 at 14 from 38'5" away. He posted 1.727 putts per GIR and 0.242 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Nov 18 - 4:23 PM

Two-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 199 Andrew Landry orchestrated a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The RSM Classic for a three-day tally of 11-under 201, currently T6 and seven back of the leader on the course Austin Cook.

After opening with 70 and career-low 64, the 30-year-old began T6, six back of 36-hole leader Cook. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.065 strokes off-the-tee and 1.837 approaching-the-green. The University of Arkansas alum squared a lone bogey-4 at 17, outpaced by four circles at 4, 7 (from 20'0"), 8 and 18. He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and -1.275 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Nov 18 - 4:14 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 48 Zach Johnson painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 10-under 202, up 43 places to T7, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader J.J. Spaun and eight back of the leader on the course Austin Cook.

This is the 41-year-old's eighth RSM with two prior top 25s and a best of T12 on debut in 2010. It's his third start of the season following T13 (Safeway) and T23 last week at the OHL, where he closed in a day-low 7-under 64. After kicking off with 70-68, the Drake alum striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He circled six, highlighted by four straight at 10-13, posting 2.541 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.903 SG: Putting. The St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident recorded 1.600 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Nov 18 - 3:52 PM

Making his season debut, past champ and World No. 26 Kevin Kisner styled a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of The RSM Classic to post 12-under 200, up seven spots to solo 5th, one back of 54-hole clubhouse leader J.J. Spaun.

The Georgia alum, a pre-tourney 16/1 fave outright, is now 5-for-7 at the RSM with three prior top 25s and two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, highlighted by his first (of two) TOUR titles two years ago. At the 2016 edition, the first to utilize two courses, he was the 18- and 54-hole leader, winning by six in a tournament-record 22-under 260. After opening in 67-68, the South Carolinian found 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation on Day 3. He squared a lone bogey-5 at No. 2, offset by circles at 1, 4 (from 15'2"), 11 (chip-in from 24'2"), 13, 15 and 18. Kisner also saved par from 19'5" at the par-4 ninth, registering 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.502 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Nov 18 - 3:32 PM

World No. 164 J.J. Spaun smoothed a bogey-free 8-under-par 30-32=62 on Moving Day at The RSM Classic, vaulting 29 spots to solo 4th on 13-under 199, good for the low round in the clubhouse and matching the low round of the week with Austin Cook (R2). UPDATE: With play completed, Spaun is solo 4th, five back of 54-hole leader Cook, and his 62 remained the low round of the day.

The 27-year-old will (most likely) not be leading at the end of the day, currently five back of the leader on the course Cook. He did put himself into contention once again, and posts a new career low in his 109th career lap, previously 63 in R4 at the 2017 Wyndham. The SDSU alum opened in 67-70 and found 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He circled eight, highlighted by four straight at holes 5-9, recording 3.577 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.830 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. The Californian's split included four conversions from between 13 and 21 feet.
Nov 18 - 3:20 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 232 Aaron Wise crafted a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 10-under 202, up 24 places to T9 with play still in progress.

This is the 21-year-old's fifth start of the season with a best of T25 three starts ago at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms. It's his third cash and is looking for a big finish on Sunday, as the first Web.com Tour grad reshuffle takes places at the conclusion of the festivities. The University of Oregon product entered the season 36th in the WCT priority rankings after finishing 18th in regular-season money. He kicked off in 68-69 and hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation on Day 3. The 2016 NCAA Individual Champ squared a lone, walk-off bogey-5, preceded by six circles. He posted 2.971 SG: Tee-to-Green and 0.451 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Nov 18 - 3:05 PM

World No. 42 Webb Simpson, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, withdrew prior to the third round of The RSM Classic. UPDATE: From his Twitter account, Simpson posted, "I WD due to my Dad being sick and living his last days. Thanks for all the support."

The Wake Forest alum, a playoff loser here in 2011, was scheduled to go off No. 1 tee at 10:45 am ET with Bubba Watson and Jim Herman. After opening his sixth appearance in 67-68, he was T12 on 7-under 135, seven short of 36-hole leader Austin Cook. This is the 32-year-old's second mid-tourney WD in his 239th career event, first since the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic during his rookie season. At press time, no reason has been published as to the reason for the WD.
Nov 18 - 10:42 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished like a train at the Earth Course in Jumeirah to complete a third round 5-under-par 36-31=67 and claim T4 on 13-under 203 with 18 holes to play in the DP World Tour Championship.

The Thai player appeared out of the running for the title with five holes to play, yet thrashed the back nine to pull himself just two swings back of the 54-hole leader Justin Rose. His front nine witnessed one birdie at the second and a bogey at the fifth. He swapped again early in the back nine (at 11 and 12) - he was treading water on a day when the field was charging. Yet he was merely waiting his turn. He gobbled up the par-5 14th, then par-4 15th and 16th. At 17 he took dead aim with a birdie chance from 8'0" and drained it. On the par-5 final hole his approach missed the green right and he used soft hands to execute a beautiful up-and-down on a green sloping away from him and towards water.
Nov 18 - 8:09 AM

Justin Rose heads into the final round of the 2017 European Tour season with two titles still within his grasp; he leads the DP World Tour Championship by one stroke, from Jon Rahm and Dylan Frittelli, on 15-under 201 after a third round of 7-under-par 33-32=65.

The Englishman was disappointed with his second lap of the Earth Course at Jumeirah, specifically his putting, and was seen working late into the night on the practice green, and then returned early to resume before his round. It helped. He ticked 1, 3 and 7 on the front nine to take the solo lead and then maintained the pace on the back nine to withstand a cavalry charge. He made a hat-trick of par breakers from the 12th, with the middle one earned by a chip-and-putt. At 16 he drained a 25-footer for his final birdie. He wanted another at the last, but his approach found water and he had to hole a knee-knocker for par and that one shot lead. "So much fun out there," he said. "But a one shot lead with a pack behind me like that, it's not much. Feeling better with the putter. That five footer for par at the last broke 18 inches so that's a big boost. A big opportunity tomorrow to win the Race to Dubai, that's how I view it. Just go for it."
Nov 18 - 8:01 AM

Tommy Fleetwood remains in the hunt for both the DP World Tour Championship title and number one on the Race to Dubai after a wonderful third round of 7-under-par 35-50=65, good for 13-under 203 and T3 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

The Englishman cast a disconsolate figure on Thursday evening after posting an opening 73 which handed the weekly and yearly initiative to his R1 playing partner Justin Rose. But he responded with two stunning laps of 65 and yet even on Saturday there was a battle to be had. "I made a mess of two front nine par-5s again," he said, "and a bad drive led to bogey at the fifth. Then it kick-started when I holed putts on 9 and 10. I felt that was a momentum swing. I've hung in there with some bad patches. Amazing to be where I am after Thursday's score." In point of fact he completed that transformation with eight birdies in 11 holes: three in a row at 8, 9 and 10, four at 13, 14, 15 and 16, a final one at 18. He trails tournament leader Rose by two shots; the season's finale will go down to the wire.
Nov 18 - 7:52 AM

Jon Rahm blasted his way into contention at the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai with a third round of 7-under-par 32-33=65 to total 14-under 202, tied second and just one swing behind Justin Rose's lead.

Everything about the Spaniard's performance this week has trended in the right direction. He made three bogeys Thursday, two Friday, one Saturday; with it, and an increase in birdies, his score has improved too: 68-67-65. And yet the first sign on Moving Day was poor: bogey-5 at the first, par-5 at the vulnerable second. But he was merely getting the bad stuff out of the way quickly. He ticked five times on the front nine (at 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9). The back nine began sedately with five pars. Then there was an up-and-down of exquisite skill at the short par-4 15th for a birdie-3, a dialled-in approach to 6'0" (converted at 16) and a chip-and-putt birdie-4 at the last. Winner of the Irish Open and Rookie of the Year, he might yet make it a hat-trick of 2017 European Tour wins on Sunday.
Nov 18 - 7:51 AM

Dylan Frittelli crashed a superb 9-under-par 32-31=63 in the third round of the DP World Tour Championship; his 54-hole total of 14-under 202 leaves him T2 and just one-shot back of the leader Justin Rose on the Earth Course in Dubai.

The South African is making his debut at the Greg Norman designed track on the Jumeirah Golf Estates, but he has quickly come to terms with the test and on a day of spectacular scoring no-one bettered his tally. He raced from the blocks, ticking 1, 2 and 3 before adding another at the seventh before the turn. On the way home he circled No. 10 and then accelerated to the finish with braces at 14 and 15 (from 6'0" to grab the lead) and then at 17 and 18 (the latter from 8'0") to complete a career low lap of 18 holes. He has taken one bold step this year in becoming a maiden winner at this level, on Sunday he can take another with a huge prize on offer. "Had it on a string from the tee," he said afterwards. "But fairways to green was more of a challenge. I capitalized when I had opportunities."
Nov 18 - 7:50 AM



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