J.B. Holmes successfully battled the elements in the third round of the TOUR Championship to card a 2-under-par 35-33=68 and move to solo seventh with play still in progress.
Holmes is one of nine first-timers in the elite field of 28 and he's making the most of his opportunity at 2-under 208 thru 54 holes. After opening in 68-72, he began Moving Day at even-par (T9) and nine adrift. On his round, he landed seven (of 14) fairways, better than the four he found yesterday. Particularly important today however, with lift, clean and place in effect. The 33-year-old hit 12 greens in regulation, converting on three, but also holed his greenside-bunker shot at the fourth for the birdie-3. His dropped shots came at the par-4 fifth and 16th, respectively, after failing to get up-and-down. With just one par breaker thru his first 11 holes, Holmes circled three over a four-hole stretch at Nos. 12, 14 (from 17'2") and 15, salvaging just the seventh sub-par round of the day thus far.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 03:17:00 PM