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Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, two-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 348 Seamus Power painted a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 15-under 201, up 27 places to T9, four back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

The 30-year-old hit six (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.563 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. He squared a lone 3-putt bogey-4 at 17, camouflaged by eight circles at 2, 4, 7, 11, 12, and a hat-trick at 14-16. Playing his second straight season on TOUR, this is the East Tennessee State alum's 32nd career start and he has one prior top 10, a T10 at the RBC Canadian Open last July.
Jan 20 - 8:28 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 329 Brandon Harkins crafted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a 54-hole tally of 16-under 200, up one spot to T6, three short of leader and fellow rookie Austin Cook.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the California native found eight (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 0.634 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.615 around-the-green. He squared three bogeys at 11, 13 and 2, offset by five circles at 14, 17, 1 (hole-out from 40'2"), 5 and 8, adding a 72'4" bomb for eagle-3 at 16. The California State-Chico alum posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 2.425 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. He has four top-25 finishes this season in six starts and one top 10, a career-best T9 at the Safeway in his TOUR debut.
Jan 20 - 8:19 PM

Making his first start of the calendar year, Hall of Famer and two-time champ Phil Mickelson labored to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 on the Stadium Course and at 4-under 70-68-74=212, missed the cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge by four shots.

A total of 77 players made the scheduled 54-hole cut of 8-under 208. Mickelson, winner here in 2002 and 2004, misses the cut at the CBC for the third time in 15 appearances, first since 1994. At a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, he was tied-highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to exit early, joining 2014 champ Patrick Reed. This was the 47-year-old's third start of season after opening with T3 at the Safeway and T15 at the WGC-HSBC, both back in October. For the week, he totaled 15 birdies against nine bogeys and one double. Other notable early exits include: 209- Chris Kirk; C.T. Pan; Maverick McNealy .. 210 J.J. Spaun; Brandt Snedeker .. 211- two-time champ Bill Haas; Reed .. 212- Brian Stuard; 2006 champ Chad Campbell .. 213- Bubba Watson; Ryan Armour .. 214- Luke List .. 215- Martin Laird; Charles Reither (a) .. 216- Jimmy Walker.
Jan 20 - 7:53 PM

Playing La Quinta CC, three-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 305 Martin Piller orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 18-under 198, up two spots into a two-way T2 with fellow Texan Andrew Landry, one shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off with 64-67, the 32-year-old began T4 on 13-under, three back of 36-hole leader Landry. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, registering a tidy 1.300 putts per GIR with 23 total putts. The Texas A&M alum squared two bogey-5s at 14 and 16, camouflaged by seven circles at 10, 11, 15, 17 and a turkey at 5-7. This is his 55th career TOUR start and he's vying for his first TOUR title. Piller tied his career best with T4 three starts ago at the OHL Classic.
Jan 20 - 7:19 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, overnight leader and World No. 184 Andrew Landry tacked on a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 198, down one place to T2, one back of 54-hole leader and fellow Arkansas alum Austin Cook.

After opening in career-low 63 and 65, both rounds bogey-free, the 30-year-old is the only player blemish-free thru 54 holes. He began the day with a one-shot lead over pre-tourney fave Jon Rahm, five clear of Cook, who shot 64 at La Quinta CC. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Texan found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.711 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.924 around-the-green. He circled two birdies at 17 and 2, both from inside of eight feet, recording 1.818 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. Landry is chasing his first TOUR title in his 26th career start.
Jan 20 - 7:07 PM

Making his tournament debut and playing La Quinta CC, World No. 118 and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook twirled an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 19-under 197, up nine places to the top of the leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over 36-hole leader Andrew Landry and Martin Piller.

This is the 26-year-old's second 54-hole lead/co-lead in 17 career events. He was the 54-hole leader by three at the RSM back in November and shot 3-under 67 to win by four over J.J. Spaun. After opening this week with 63-70, the Arkansas alum began T10 on 11-under, five back of Landry. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.385 putts per GIR with 22 total putts. The Web.com Tour grad squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, smothered by seven circles at 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 15, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 6. He concluded his lap with three up-and-down par saves, finishing on a high note with a curling mid-range par-saver at the par-4 18th.
Jan 20 - 6:53 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, first-round leader and top-ranked Jon Rahm backed up with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dipping two spots on the live leaderboard to T4 on 17-under 199, two short of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in career-low 62 and 67, the World No. 3 began solo 2nd on 15-under, one back of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.193 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.302 around-the-green. The 23-year-old squared four bogeys at holes 4, 13, 15 and 17, all failed scrambles, overshadowed by six circles at 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 16, three from between 10 and 18 feet and two of those 2-putt versions. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 0.500 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. The 23-year-old's one TOUR title came at the 2017 Farmers -- next week's event -- where he came from three back with 7-under 65 to win by three.
Jan 20 - 6:35 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, World No. 112 Grayson Murray authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a three-day total of 16-under 200, up four places on the live leaderboard to T6, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 24-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.500 putts per GIR with 25 total putts. He carded seven birdies at 11, 12, 16, 2, 4, 7 and 8, taking a bit of luster off with bogey-5s at 1 and 6, the latter a hole-out version. The Arizona State product was T10 thru 54 holes here last year in his tourney debut, eventually T12 with a final-round 71.
Jan 20 - 6:25 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, World No. 124 Scott Piercy hung up a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 17-under 199, up six spots on the live leaderboard to T4, two adrift of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 39-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 2.398 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.365 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at No. 6, smothered by six conventional circles at 11, 18, 2, 4, 5 and 8, adding a pitch-in birdie-3 at 15 from 46'7" away. The SDSU alum's split included two conversions from between 12 and 32 feet, registering a tidy 1.400 putts per GIR and 2.727 SG: Putting, taking just 21 total putts.
Jan 20 - 6:09 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, World No. 142 Jason Kokrak back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dropping five spots to solo 8th on 15-under 201, four back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 32-year-old mustered six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.633 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.552 approaching-the-green and -0.191 tee-to-green. The Xavier alum squared two bogeys at 13 and 15 (missed par-saver from 3'11"), slightly outpaced by three circles at 11, 16 and 2, two from between 12 and 21 feet. He recorded 1.700 putts per GIR and 1.384 SG: Putting with 26 total putts, buoyed by a 22-foot par-saver at the par-4 third.
Jan 20 - 5:55 PM

Playing La Quinta CC, World No. 60 Adam Hadwin fashioned a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a 54-hole total of 16-under 200, up four places on the live leaderboard to solo 6th, three shy of clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

The 30-year-old was the 54-hole leader by one here last year after a career-low 13-birdie 59 on La Quinta in R3, eventually finishing solo 2nd after a final-round 70. This year, he found eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.571 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. The Louisville alum squared a lone bogey-4 at 14, outpaced by six circles at 13, 16, 17, 6, 7 and 8.
Jan 20 - 5:46 PM

World No. 239 Jonathan Randolph withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

After opening 71-74 (NT-SC), the 29-year-old was 1-over total, seven short of the (early) projected cut line, which is a scheduled 54-hole cut. This is his second career mid-tourney WD in 58 career events, second this season in six starts. The Mississippi native and resident WD from the Shriners three starts ago during R2, citing a shoulder injury. He was 1-over thru eight holes, 4-over total when he called it quits in Las Vegas. As of press time, no reason has been cited for this week's WD. Randolph is in the published field at next week's Farmers but gamers should proceed with caution.
Jan 20 - 11:49 AM

Tommy Fleetwood crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, remaining just two off the lead but slipping a spot down the leaderboard to T4 on 15-under 201.

That's another impressive display by the Englishman although he burned the edge of the hole numerous times and it could have been lower. The defending champion made an immediate move Saturday with a pair of opening birdies but a red circle on the par-5 10th was his only deviation from par over the next 12 holes. However, Fleetwood kept his patience and picked up further shots on 15 and 18 to finish two behind leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher. "For me, it's been a really solid week so far," said Fleetwood. "Happy with my game and that's just what I've got to go out and do tomorrow. Go out with the same attitude and hopefully I'll swing it the same and have a lot more chances and we'll see what happens."
Jan 20 - 9:29 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick thrashed a 9-under-par 29-34=63 in round three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, jumping 17 spots on Moving Day to tied third.

At 15-under 201, the Englishman is just two swings behind leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher. Fitzpatrick looked as if he could put a ridiculous number on the board when making eight birdies in his first 10 holes, his only pars coming at 3 and 7. Henrik Stenson's course-record 62 and even the European Tour's first official 59 were on when he added another circle at 12 to move 9-under for the day but he played his final third of the round in even par after a bogey at 16 against a birdie at the last. Still, that's the low round of the week and a huge leap forward. It puts him in right in the mix for Sunday. He said: "It was great. I don't know how to put it to be honest. We were very lucky. Front nine, every time I got on the green, I just holed every putt, basically, and I felt so comfortable on the greens. Just putted fantastic. Just a little bit of work to be done on the long game."
Jan 20 - 9:13 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped up his title bid at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, piecing together a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three to reach 16-under 200 through 54 holes, just one back from joint-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

McIlroy may have suffered his first bogey of the week, a dropped shot at the par-3 15th after missing the green, but he sprinkled eight birdies around it, including two to close with as he came home in 32 for the second day running. After breaking par on just two of the par 5s over the first 36 holes, the Northern Irishman completed a full set of circles today with birdies at 2, 8, 10 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 12, 14 and 17. "It was good," said McIlroy. "I feel like I played similar again. I probably scored a bit better. Short game was needed at times. But I putted really well. Hit the ball very well. So all in all, yeah, it was another great round and another really good confidence builder." After four second places in this event, the 28-year-old is now favorite with the bookmakers to go on and take victory tomorrow.
Jan 20 - 8:13 AM


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