Daily Wrap-up: Wyndham Championship, Round 3August 17, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM wire reports
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Huh shot an even-par 70 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Patrick Reed after three rounds in the Wyndham Championship.
Huh, the PGA TOUR's reigning rookie of the year, and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200.
Zach Johnson had the day's best round -- a 66 -- and was one stroke back along with Bob Estes and John Deere Classic winner Jordan Spieth. Estes shot 68, and Spieth had a 70.
Scores were high and pin placements were tough during a rainy day at Sedgefield Country Club. Play was halted for 2 hours, 59 minutes in the morning while the soaked course could dry out somewhat.
TOUR officials moved up Sunday's final-round tee times in an attempt to beat the rain, just as they did for the third round when they sent players off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.
Play was halted when early morning showers rendered the Donald Ross-designed course unplayable. Rain fell intermittently throughout the day, and though players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls, the conditions played havoc with virtually everyone on the course.
It was the worst total score for a third-round leader since the tournament moved back to this course in 2008. Every other 54-hole leader here in that span was at least 14 under.
Only 13 players shot better than 70 after 78 players did it Thursday and 63 Friday.
Huh began the day one stroke off the lead, but had a triple bogey on the par-4 second to plummet down the leaderboard.
That turned out to be his only bad hole: He followed that with 10 straight pars before he birdied three holes in a four-hole span, landing approach shots on the 13th and 15th holes within inches of the flagsticks.
Reed, the 23-year-old first-year member of the PGA TOUR, who led by one stroke after two rounds, looked as if he might be in trouble after a pair of bogeys midway through the round dropped him two strokes behind Spieth.
Then Reed got hot.
He made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and followed that with impressive approach shots on the next two holes that left him with birdie putts of 5 feet that he sank, moving him to 11 under.
He was inches from a fourth straight birdie when his putt on the 17th trickled past the cup, and he slipped back to 10 under when his par putt on the 18th trickled inches wide.
Johnson was one of the few players who didn't seem to struggle much on this soggy day, with five birdies during a round that was bogey free until the last hole.
The 2007 Masters champion began the day at 5 under -- six strokes behind Reed, but methodically pushed his way up the leaderboard during the round. Then, he surged to the top with two birdies in a four-hole span of the back nine.
He placed his approach shot on the par-4 14th roughly 15 feet from the flagstick and sank that putt to move to 10 under. A three-putt on the 18th for bogey dropped him back.
Charles Howell III was disqualified before starting his round because TOUR officials said he used a non-conforming driver during the second round.
The weight port cover on his driver came off while he was on the driving range and he played his round Friday with it -- which was not allowed.
Howell shot a 68 during that round to move five strokes behind Reed, the two-day leader, but will receive no prize money and no FedExCup points.
About the leaders: Patrick Reed, John Huh • Augusta State’s Patrick Reed bogeyed the last hole en route to a 1-over 71, snapping a streak of 10 consecutive sub-par rounds on the PGA TOUR, dating to Round 1 of the John Deere Classic. • Reed will enter the final round of the Wyndham Championship tied with John Huh at 10-under 200. His only previous leads after any round on the PGA TOUR were following Round 2 of the John Deere Classic, (finished T7) and following the second-round this week at the Wyndham Championship. • Reed comes to this week’s Wyndham Championship with four top-10 finishes under his belt, including a T7 and T9 in his last two starts at the John Deere Classic and RBC Canadian Open, respectively. He is currently No. 78 in the FedExCup standings. • One day following a career-low 8-under 62, John Huh followed with an even-par 70 to share the 54-hole lead.
• Huh comes into this week’s Wyndham Championship ranked 91st in FedExCup standings. In his rookie year last year, Huh made it through all four Playoff events. Sedgefield CC: Round 3 Easiest hole Toughest hole
The par-5 15th was the easiest with a Saturday scoring average of 4.507.
EAGLES: 1 | BIRDIES: 37 | PARS: 32 | BOGEYS: 3 | OTHERS: 0
The par-4 second hole was the toughest with a Saturday scoring average of 4.479.
EAGLES: 0 | BIRDIES: 5 | PARS: 39 | BOGEYS: 22 | OTHERS: 7