Third Round Update –PGA Tour – The Honda Classic – PGA National – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida –
Incredible winds and rain delayed The Honda Classic again Saturday forcing a Monday finish.
The start-and-stop situation and ever-changing course conditions continue to take its toll on the players, but several have powered through the mess at PGA National.
The PGA Tour will roll out threesomes and split tees to resume play Sunday morning. The plan is to finish round three and break into the final round before dark.
Padraig Harrington leads the way at 7-under through 36 holes.
The three-time major champion is a shot ahead of a Patrick Reed, a winner at the season-opener at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Brendan Steele and Ian Poulter are T-3 at 5-under and about to tee off in round three action.
Poulter, 39, hasn’t won since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions. His second-round 64 has him in position heading into the weekend. He opened the week as a 100-to-1 betting long shot at www.skybet.com.
Luke Donald, a former World No. 1 and champion at this event in 2006, is 4-under He was T-8 a season ago and was a runner-up here in 2008. Phil Mickelson is T-8 at 2-under.
Look for players finding fairways off the tee to challenge the rest of the way with preferred lies expected to be in play. Physical and mental grit will be tested with a long day Sunday, which may not bode well for the those 40-somethings on the first page of the leader board.
Reed, who is looking for his fourth PGA Tour victory, might be the favorite now at age 24 with fresh legs. At 16th in the world rankings, he is also the best-ranked player near the top.
Other Golf news:
- Lydia Ko won her second title of 2015 capturing the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa Women’s New Zealand Open. Ko, Rolex Ranking No. 1 at age 17, has two victories (including one on the LPGA Tour) and a runner-up in four starts this season. She heads to Singapore next week for the HSBC Women’s Champions.
- The WGC-Match Play is rumored to be heading to Austin, Texas for the 2016 edition at Austin Country Club. Dell is one of the possible sponsors. The event would be hosted two weeks prior to the Masters. This year’s WGC-Match Play will be played in late April at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
- Andy Sullivan (17-under) shot 66 in the final round at the Joburg Open to convert his second European Tour victory of the season. He won the South African Open, chasing down Charl Schwartzel in early January. He was a 16-1 pick heading into the tournament this week.
- Amy Yang (15-under) outlasted Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Mirim Lee to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for her second career LPGA Tour triumph. Yang was runner-up last week to Ko in Australia. Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park logged T-7 efforts. Yang was a 16-1 betting selection heading into Thailand.
- Tied for the lead, Lewis made double bogey at No. 15 Sunday to derail her chances. Lewis, who is currently No. 3 in the Rolex Ranking, has seven runner-up finishes since the start of 2014.