PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- A 23-year-old shares the top spot on the leaderboard with one round to go at The Honda Classic. Just not the one anybody expected.
A day after Rory McIlroy withdrew because of tooth pain, Luke Guthrie shot a 71 and is tied with Michael Thompson at 8 under at PGA National.
Guthrie spent last season on the Web.com Tour, where he began his career while still taking classes at the University of Illinois.
It didn’t take him long to graduate to the PGA TOUR, however. Guthrie had four top 10s in his first five starts on the Web.com Tour before winning in his sixth and seventh.
Sunday, he’ll have a chance to win on an even bigger stage.
It won’t be easy considering the company behind him and Thompson.
Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy are just two off the lead, while Rickie Fowler and Charles Howell III are another stroke back.
Fowler had the best finish of anyone, closing with a birdie and an eagle to shoot 69.
Y.E. Yang, meanwhile, had the day’s best score, a 3-under 67, and is four back after a windswept afternoon.
Joining Yang at 4 under are Peter Hanson, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose and Graham DeLaet.
Tiger Woods had a chance to be in contention, too. But a late double bogey proved costly as Woods carded his third straight 70.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- How tough is scoring at PGA National?
Overnight leader Luke Guthrie is 1 over ... and still in the lead, alebit tied with Michael Thompson.
Only two players currently in the top 10 -- Y.E. Yang and Peter Hanson -- are under par in the third round.
Justin Rose, Charles Howell III and Lee Westwood are all 2 over, but all are still in contention.
The lowest round in continues to be a 67 with only a handful of players having broken par. In all, just 32 players are under par for the week.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The lowest score in so far is a 67. With the way the wind is whipping around PGA National, don't be surprised if it stays that way.
Consider these details:
-- Only two players in the top 10 on the leaderboard are currently under par: Graham DeLaet and Nicholas Thompson. They're both just 1 under at the moment.
-- Justin Rose was once under par, but he's now 1 over through seven after bogeys on two of his last four holes.
-- Graeme McDowell and Billy Horschel were high on the leaderboard, until McDowell made three bogeys and a double over his last four holes and Horschel four bogeys and a double over his last six.
-- The stroke average is currently 73.074. That's nearly three full strokes higher than each of the first two days.
-- Of the 35 players already in, only seven of them broke par.
High winds will make the third round difficult at PGA National. (Franklin/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The final group has teed off at The Honda Classic, where the wind is whipping across PGA National in the 15-20 mph range.
Scoring has been difficult so far with the lowest score in a 2-under 68 and only a handful of sub-70 rounds on the board.
Luke Guthrie leads by one, though Justin Rose has moved to within two after a birdie on the par-5 third to get to 7 under for the week.
Rose is the only player among the top 10 currently under par on the day.
Also in contention: Y.E. Yang, who is 3 under on the day and 4 under on the week and nearing his final hole of the day.
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