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First round co-leader Ryo Ishikawa responded with a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

As was the case with Saturday's third round, the threat of inclement weather remains for Sunday. As such, players will go off split tees beginning at 7:00 a.m. CT, including the 23-year-old Ishikawa, who goes to bed on a three-day aggregate of 3-under 207. The final group consisting of the 54-hole leader Kevin Na (11-under), Ian Poulter (10-under) and Charley Hoffman (9-under) is scheduled to go off on No. 1 at 9:00 a.m.
May 23 - 5:18 PM

Jordan Spieth bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to post 6-under 204.

Spieth responded to his 3-over 73 in yesterday's second round with a six-birdie tour (covering three bogeys) to put him back to within shouting distance of the lead. The Dallas native began the day T15 and seven shots adrift, and would stripe nine (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. Three of his par breakers came outside of 13 feet with a long of 17'1" on the par-4 third. The 21-year-old would also add a circle of the zero-putt variety, holing out from 11 yards right of the target on the par-4 ninth. For his efforts, Spieth moved up five spots to shared tenth and his deficit is now five heading into the final frame.
May 23 - 4:50 PM

Brandt Snedeker enjoyed a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 8-under 202 has him three shots adrift of the 54-hole lead.

Snedeker peppered 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation on his way to a five birdie, one bogey stroll around Colonial CC. He burst out of the blocks with three straight birdies culminating with a 36'3" bomb at the par-4 third. Consecutive pars on Nos. 4-11 were assured with par saves on the eighth and the ninth, the latter by holing an 8'9" putt to keep his momentum intact. Overall, the 34-year-old would go 4-for-5 in scrambles, dropping his lone shot on the par-4 14th, failing to get up-and-down from a green-side bunker. Snedeker added back-nine birdies on the par-4 12th (from 8'8") and at the par-4 17th (from 13').
May 23 - 4:30 PM

Charley Hoffman twirled a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 9-under 201 aggregate has him positioned just two strokes off the pace of 54-hole leader Kevin Na.

Hoffman did not have his best ball-striking skills on display today finding seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation. Where he exceeded the 50-percent completion rate was in his short game, successfully saving par on eight of nine occasions. Hoffman circled five birdies smothering a lone bogey on the par-4 ninth. His set came in all varieties, including a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a chip-in birdie on the par-4 10th. His other three par breakers didn't travel more than 3'7".
May 23 - 4:09 PM

Ian Poulter signed for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 after today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 10-under 200 has him just one shot back of the leader Kevin Na.

Poulter began the day two shots adrift of Na and in solo second. For his efforts, the Englishman reduced the margin to one after a four birdie, one double-bogey loop, despite amassing 29 putts (more on that later). On his round, Poulter split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation while going a perfect 5-for-5 in scrambling, including a 12'5" par putt that rolled in at the 13th. The 39-year-old dropped two bombs for birdie, the first from 29'8" on the seventh and the second from 31'11" on 15. His double bogey-6 came on No. 10, where after finding the green in regulation, he promptly took four putts to find the bottom of the cup from 16'2".
May 23 - 3:53 PM

Overnight leader Kevin Na conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 11-under 199 is good for a one-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.

Na, who began the day with a two-shot lead, split nine (of 14) fairways and hit just nine greens in regulation, finishing with 25 putts. The 31-year-old scrambled successfully 7-of-9 times (including five of six on his inward half) adding a second square on the card at the par-4 15th. Today's round wasn't necessarily about the three birdies that Na managed (ranging from 6'11" to 16'11" on No. 3). It was more about his par putts (two in excess of six feet) and most importantly his 6'9" bogey "save" that disappeared on the par-4 fifth, minimizing the damage of a penalty stroke off the tee to just one dropped shot.
May 23 - 3:27 PM

Fort Worth native John Peterson backed up to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and at 3-over 213 will not be teeing it up on Sunday.

Peterson, who grew up on Colonial Country Club, was one of 15 golfers at T66 after two rounds had been completed, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. Joining Peterson on the pine for Sunday: 212--Jarrod Lyle; Harrison Frazar; Steve Wheatcroft; Chad Collins; Patrick Rodgers ... 213--John Peterson ... 216--Kyle Reifers.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

Chris Kirk spun a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to post 8-under 202, good for the early clubhouse lead.

Kirk began the day T15 and seven shots adrift of the 36-hole leader. On his round he managed just six (of 14) fairways but landed 14 greens in regulation en route to his six birdie, one bogey jaunt. The 30-year-old's set included birdie rolls of 12'6" on the par-5 11th and 13'11" on the 16th, squaring his only bogey with a three-putt from 36'9" on No. 13. Kirk went 4-for-4 in scrambles on the day and finished with 27 putts.
May 23 - 2:07 PM

Defending champion Adam Scott carded a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

After opening with a 2-over 72, Scott has stormed back into contention with consecutive 66s to post 6-under 204. The 34-year-old began the day T25, eight shots off the pace, and circled five birdies against one bogey to move to within five shots of the lead with play still in progress. The Aussie hadn't holed any putts of significance until dropping a 32'3" for birdie on the par-3 13th. He would add a 19'5" conversion two holes later, sandwiching his lone bogey on 14, three-putting from 41'11".
May 23 - 1:22 PM

Colt Knost authored a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to post 5-under 205.

Knost has not cashed a paycheck in four previous CPI appearances, so regardless of what happens in his final round, he'll be pleased. The 29-year-old piped 10 (of 14) fairways (all seven on the back) and found 12 greens in regulation, requiring 26 putts on his round. Knost went 6-for-6 in scrambles by holing several key par putts, including 10'2" on No. 5 and 7'6" on 15. He circled four birdies on the day with his longest conversion disappearing from 18'8" on the par-5 11th.
May 23 - 1:00 PM

Byeong-Hun An tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to Friday's 64 and is tied for the lead going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

An made seven birdies in all and ended with a pair of par breakers to pull alongside Francesco Molinari at 14-under 202. The duo will head off on their final lap two shots clear of Thongchai Jaidee. An hit 15 greens in regulation (47 out of 54 this week) and split 9 (of 14) fairways. He was 2-for-3 in scrambling and took 27 putts. The young South Korean has posted an impressive six top 15s in his rookie season on the European Tour but hasn't entered a final round higher than T7 or nearer than five shots off the lead. In other words, this is his first legitimate shot at victory.
May 23 - 12:53 PM

Halfway leader Francesco Molinari threw in a 4-under-par 32-36=68 but now shares top spot with Byeong-Hun An going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

For most of the day, the Italian's robotic tee-to-green play looked set to give him a clear advantage but he started missing fairways late in the round and finished with a bogey and four pars to end up at 14-under with An. The pair are two clear of Thongchai Jaidee. Molinari made birdies at 3, 7, 8, 12 and 13 to peak at 15-under but struggled coming in and couldn't cash in at Wentworth's pair of closing par 5s. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation, was 3-for-4 in scrambling and took 29 putts.
May 23 - 12:38 PM

Thongchai Jaidee authored a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to reach 12-under 204 at the BMW PGA Championship, good enough for solo third place after three rounds.

The Thai, who moved into contention with a Friday 66, kept his forward momentum with a flying start on Saturday. He circled birdies at the opening two holes, made par at the difficult third and posted an eagle-3 at the par-5 fourth. Jaidee quietened after that with two bogeys against a single gain at 12 but added a walk-off birdie to finish the day just two behind joint leaders Francesco Molinari and Byeong-Hun An.
May 23 - 12:26 PM

Boosted by a hole-in-one at the second, Miguel Angel Jiménez carded a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to move into solo fifth at the BMW PGA Championship.

This is becoming routine for the veteran Spaniard. Last week he matched Colin Montgomerie's record of nine by draining his tee shot at the 8th hole in round two of the Open de España. And now he has the European Tour's all-time mark for himself after a 10th ace, three of those coming this season. Jiménez followed his hole-in-one at the 154-yard second with a birdie at three and circled three more par breakers against two bogeys over the rest of his round. At 11-under 206, he's currently four shots behind leader Francesco Molinari.
May 23 - 12:13 PM

Tommy Fleetwood holed his second shot at the par-5 4th hole in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Saturday.

That dramatic three-shot leap combined with an eagle-3 at the 12th helped the Englishman card a 7-under 31-34=65 and climb up to third place on 11-under 205. "It was 198 yards, 7 iron," Fleetwood told Sky Sports TV. "It was a perfect shot, exactly where I went to hit it." It goes down as the 92nd albatross on the European Tour and is the third in this event (you can watch it here). He hit 12 (of 14) fairways, found 15 greens in regulation and played the par 5s in 6-under.
May 23 - 11:28 AM


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