This has been a tough ‘start-stop-start’ kind of tournament here at Harbour Town, with the rain pouring down intermittently, leaving players having to finish their rounds the next day as rain stopped play. Such it was on the third day, where 65 golfers had to finish Friday’s round before they could all start Saturday’s round…
On Friday, the leader was K.J. Choi but, by the time everyone had finished their rounds in the morning on Saturday, he was sharing that lead with Jim Furyk and Ben Martin.
The rain had certainly affected the course. The fairways were running, and the greens were slick so it was tough to stop a chip shot dead.
Once the rounds started, Nicholas Thompson showed the way, getting five birdies on the front nine and was out in front briefly, seven under par. He managed to lose the lead on the back nine after bogeying the 16th and final holes, but still came in with a respectable 68 to keep him in contention.
Another player who started well was Furyk who shot a wonderful birdie on the second hole, but then never seemed to capitalize on his promising start. As winner of this tournament in 2010, don’t count him out…
And perhaps one more player to watch out for is Matt Kuchar. He led the first day with an amazing bogey-free 66, but then faltered on the front nine on Friday and had to stop his round early due to the rain. He made a good showing in the morning, completing the day before’s round, with four birdies and, after a good round on Saturday shooting a 70, will go into Sunday with high hopes.
By far the best player of the third round was Luke Donald with a 66, and he takes a two-stroke lead at the end of the day. Shooting an eagle and six birdies, Donald is confident about the last day of play, “If I can go out as relaxed and confident as I was today tomorrow. If I can control the trajectory as well as I did today, then hopefully I’ll be sitting here as the winner.”
John Huh lies in second place two strokes under Donald, and tied for third place are Ben Martin, Charl Schwartzel, and Nicholas Thompson.