PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Graeme McDowell finished with an even-par 70 on Sunday to end his week 2 under, meaning he's not going to win The Honda Classic.
He's also not surprised, however, that Michael Thompson has held up -- so far.
McDowell should know. He shared second with Thompson at last year's U.S. Open.
"Players are coming out, young guys are coming out more and more ready for the TOUR than years gone by," McDowell said. "Whether that's something to do with the quality of amateur golf, the quality of college golf, something, but the guys are coming out more and more ready. Great to see around a golf course this difficult."
And that says something, especially when the 15th, 16th and 17th aren't even playing as the most difficult holes on the course.
"They are some intimidating tee shots, 15 and 17," McDowell said. "He's obviously got some game"
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Thompson is doing what very few others are: Staying under par at PGA National.
Thompson is 1 under on his round through 13 holes and two shots clear of his closest competitor, Luke Guthrie.
Since making the turn in 34, Thompson has made nothing but pars, missing just one fairway in the process.
Meanwhile, no one else has been able to make a move.
PGA National continues to play well over par with an average of 73.6 at the moment. Only three players have recorded rounds under par. Only three players in the top 10 are currently under par. The rest of the top 10 behind Thompson is a combined 7 over.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- A year ago, Tiger Woods shot a final-round 62 to finish second.
Sunday, Woods' week ended without him breaking par at PGA National.
Woods stumbled to a 4-over 74 on a windswept afternoon at The Honda Classic, where he failed to crack 70 for the fourth consecutive day.
"I passed 62 somewhere on 12," Woods joked afterward. Actually, he passed it on the par-3 15th, with the third of his three three-putts
For the second time this week, Woods struggled with his putter, taking 33 putts. The rest of his game wasn't much better.
Woods hit just eight fairways and 12 greens on his way to as many double bogeys -- two -- as birdies to go with three bogeys.
The first of those double bogeys came on No. 6, where Woods hit his tee shot so far right he couldn't find.
On the 11th, Woods found the water on his approach shot before two-putting from 22 feet for another double.
"I just made too many penalties this week," Woods said. "Today is a perfect example. I didn't play that poorly. I had two water balls and a lost ball. Take those away, and I missed two short birdie putts, and it was actually a decent score."
The lone bright for Woods came on the 18th hole, which he eagled for the second year in a row. He reached the par-5 finishing hole in two and drained a 10-footer to loud cheers.
He also had birdies on the par-5 third, and the par-4 ninth.
"I feel good with what I did," he said. "Just got to clean up the rounds and make a couple more putts."
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Thompson has certainly had a colorful scorecard so far. The good news for Thompson is he still leads as he nears the turn.
After reaching the par-5 third in two, Thompson, who is looking for his first career PGA TOUR win, rolled in a 49-footer for eagle.
The next hole, however, he gave one of those strokes back with a bogey after missing the fairway, missing the green and failing to get up and down when he missed an 8-footer for par.
Thompson bounced back with a birdie the next hole, however, and has added one bogey (No. 7) and one birdie (No. 8) since, getting him back to 10 under and now a three-stroke lead over playing partner Luke Guthrie.
Goeff Ogilvy is another stroke back, while three others, including Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley are 5 under.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- With the wind blowing in the 10-20 mph range, scoring conditions have remained tough at PGA National for the final round of The Honda Classic.
How tough is it as the final group tees off?
Just four players are under par at the moment, and the course is playing more than four strokes over par (scoring average of 74.3, to be exact).
As difficult as the Beart Trap -- Nos. 15, 16 and 17 -- typically is, the par-4 10th hole is currently playing as the most difficult on the course for Round 4.
The 15th, 16th and 17th aren't even among the top-5 most difficult right now with the par-4 14th and par-4 11th playing as the second and third toughest.
The onyl reprieves on the back nine, at least right now, are the 17th and 18th, which are playing as the 15th and 17th toughest right now.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has some work to do if he's going to break par this week at PGA National.
After two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on the front nine, Woods made the turn in 1 over.
Woods' birdies came on the par-5 third and par-4 ninth, the first coming when he reached the green in two and two-putted from 42 feet. The next came when he stuck his approach to six feet on No. 9.
In between the two holes is where Woods got in trouble.
Woods hit his tee shot so far right on the par-4 sixth, he couldn't find his ball and he went on to make double bogey. On the 233-yard seventh, he missed the green short and right and failed to get up and down, missing a 12-footer to save par.
Last year, Woods carded a final-round 62 and finished second.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson are in largely unfamiliar position atop the leaderboard in the final round at The Honda Classic.
Neither has won on the PGA TOUR, but both have various experiences they can draw on. Here's a closer look at both players
Now in his third season on TOUR, Thompson's best moment to date was a runner-up finish at last year's U.S. Open.
He's only led once after 54 holes -- at the 2011 McGladrey Classic, where he shot a 69 in the final round to finish third.
If he keeps putting the way he did Saturday, however, he has as good a chance as anyone. Over Thompson's first 12 holes in the third round, he had seven one-putts.
Getting off to another good start, especially with windy conditions, will be more important to Thompson than just about anybody else.
Guthrie, a 23-year-old native of Quincy, Ill., is already making his seventh start of the season this year, but the early-season grind hasn't gotten to him. He has four finishes in the top 30 and is in position to get his first win.
Though he's a rookie, Guthrie can draw on the two Web.com Tour victories he had last year.
It'll also help having his brother Zach on the bag. The last player to win with his brother as a caddie was Bill Haas at the 2012 Northern Trust Open.
And unlike last year, when the 54-hole lead seemed to be more of a curse than a blessing, third-round leaders have gone on to win four of six times in 2013.
The last player to do it year? Rory McIlroy, last year.
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