Sunday Preview – PGA Tour – Honda Classic – PGA National Champions Course – West Palm Beach, Florida –
A wild third round at PGA National sets the stage for Must-See TV Sunday for the conclusion of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic to tee off the Florida Swing.
Overnight leader Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker both crumbled playing in the final pairing, while Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott both finished the day tied for the lead at 9-under.
If only it was that simple of a story to tell.
While Fowler (4-over-74) and Walker (79) fumbled, former World No. 1 and Masters champion Adam Scott carded a front-nine 30 en route to eight total birdies on his day. At 12-under and seemingly in control of the tournament, Scott stepped to 15th tee (the start of the Bear Trap) with a three-shot. Two balls in the water and a lip-out produced a quadruple bogey-7 at the par 3.
Scott rallied to regain the lead but settled for a 54-hole tie with Garcia, who birdied the 18th hole.
The due lead second-year pro Blayne Barber by four shots. Fowler slipped back to T-4 alongside Justin Thomas at 4-under. Expect one of those players to make a wild run Sunday. Graeme McDowell and 53-year-old Vijay Singh are both inside the Top 10 looking for a strong Top 5 effort.
Scott, who was runner-up last week at Riviera to close out the West Coast Swing, tees off with Garcia in the final round Sunday. At some point Sunday, the Aussie will need to fight off some ball-striking demons in a big moment in the final round to win.
Garcia, 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, started the week as a 25-1 betting option at Stations Casino in Las Vegas, while Scott was listed at 16-1. The winner should come out of this pairing, but anything can happen at PGA National. Last year’s exciting duel saw a bevy of players with a chance to win during the final round shuffle.
Other Golf news:
- Lexi Thompson lit up the field in round three at the Honda LPGA Thailand to assume the 54-hole lead. Thompson shot 8-under-64 with nine total birdies to position herself for her first title since winning the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in Korea last October. Lexi leads 2015 U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun by four shots.
- Louis Oosthuizen (15-under) has just three bogeys in three rounds and leads the ISPS Handa Perth International by three shots. He is gunning for his 8th career European Tour title Sunday. Oosty, who last won in 2014 at the Volvo Golf Champions, was the outright betting favorite at the Perth at 7-1 odds to win, while Uihlein opened as a 28-1 pick.
- Lexi finished third in 2015 in the Race to the CME Globe season-long standings behind Lydia Ko and Inbee Park. Ko is not competing this week in Thailand, while Park is T-36 at even par with 18 holes to play.
- Walker’s 9-over-79 in the final pairing at PGA National was tied for worst of the day. He slipped 30 places to a tied for 32nd. But, his came after shooting 66 on Friday in round two.