By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- The course record set by Chris Kirk? It lasted less than hour, thanks to Nick Watney who bettered it by one with a 8-under 62 Saturday.
Watney’s round was nothing short of spectacular as he closed in 27 with six birdies and an eagle on the back nine at Aronimink, which has seen the course record matched, broken and broken again today.
As a result, Watney is now tied for the lead at 9 under with Rickie Fowler, who is 6 under through his first 12 holes here in the third round.
Steve Marino also matched the previous course record with a 63, but that lasted all of about 5 minutes with Watney finishing right behind him.
“It was nice while it lasted,” Marino said.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- With ideal scoring conditions it looked like it wouldn’t be long before someone set a course record and Chris Kirk did just that with a 7-under 63 Saturday.
Kirk had eight birdies and just one bogey on his way to the record and in a round in which he needed just 24 putts.
“I'm somewhat of a streaky player, so when I get on those runs I need to take advantage of it,” Kirk said. “I was hitting some good iron shots, good wedge shots, controlling the ball pretty well, and the way I was rolling it today, it's kind of nice to hit it up there somewhere and there's a pretty good chance you're going to make it.”
At this rate, however, who knows how long it will stand. Rickie Fowler, who is now in the lead at 7 under, is 4 under through his first eight holes, while Steve Marino is 6 under with three holes left in his round.
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By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Steve Marino was sweating to make the cut Friday.
Saturday, he was just hot. As in sweating from the steamy Georgia heat. And disappointed with himself.
After his third round in the 70s -- 72 on Saturday -- he was shaking his head.
"I felt like I left so many shots on the course,''said Marino, who tied for 14th in his debut here last year. "I just haven't figured out how to play the back nine yet. I score well on the front ( two 36s, a 34) and haven't been able to do it on the back (39, 37, 36 respectively).
"I score well, then i give away shots on the back. I know how to play the course, just haven't been scoring.''
He did say, however, the course was out there for the taking today. When asked if there was a 31 out there, he just nodded.''
ORLANDO, Fla. – Martin Laird leads by two shots. How long he does, we’re about to find out.
Steve Marino has a birdie opportunity on 18 after hitting his approach shot to 8 feet. Laird, meanwhile, saw his tee shot on the par-3 17th bounce off the back of the green and he’ll face a difficult up-and-down toward the water.
Laird is bidding to become the first European to win this tournament, while Marino is trying to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time in his career. Stay tuned.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- What a bizarre final round.
Martin Laird, who began the day with a two-shot lead before playing his first 11 holes in 5 over, is suddenly back in the lead at 7 under after a birdie at No. 15.
Steve Marino, meanwhile, has dropped back to 6 under, along with David Toms. They were 9 and 8 under for the tournament at one point Sunday.
Justin Rose and Marc Leishman are both in the clubhouse at 6 under -- and not out of it yet.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- That once two-shot lead Martin Laird had? Gone.
Laird just fell to 8 under after his third bogey of the front nine as he failed to save par from a greenside bunker on No. 9.
At almost the same time, Steve Marino birdied No. 10, where he stuck his approach shot to inside 4 feet before rolling in the putt to get to 2 under on the day and 9 under for the week.
Justin Rose and K.J. Choi might not be out of it either. Both are quickly running out of holes, but both are also 6 under and just three shots back.
David Toms, meanwhile, fell back to 6 under after a double bogey on No. 8, where he was forced to pitch back into the fairway after an errant tee shot then missed the green long on his approach.
It’s been a wild weekend at Bay Hill and that seems to be continuing today. -- Brian Wacker
The third round is in full swing at Bay Hill, were Martin Laird leads by one over Spencer Levin and K.J. Choi. Steve Marino, Charles Howell III and Hunter Mahan are a few of the players in contention. Tiger Woods is also on the golf course. Click here for live scores.