Troy Merritt had a chance to win the Kodak Challenge early Saturday -- until he nearly put his tee shot in the water on the 487-yard 17th hole. Merritt had to punch out and went on to make double bogey. That won’t hurt him in the Kodak Challenge since it’s a compilation of a player’s best 18 holes from the season-long race, but it does increase the likelihood of a playoff with Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley. All three are tied for the Kodak lead and unless Merritt birdies No. 17 on Sunday, or Fowler or Baddeley eagle the hole, there will be a playoff. By the way, the 17th is playing so far pack the actual yardage is two yards longer than listed on the scorecard for today’s third round.
GARRIGUS MOVING UP: Robert Garrigus came into the week 122nd on the money list and still unable to forget about his admitted choke in Memphis, where he squandered a three-shot lead on the final hole and ultimately lost. Unless Garrigus has another meltdown, though, it looks like he will lock up his card for next season. Garrigus is currently tied for second at 12 under and is currently projected to move up to 71st ( click here for the live projected money list).
MORE MONEY MOVEMENT: The guy who might benefit the most from a big move at Disney today? Cameron Percy. He came into the week 144th on the money list, which is precariously close to missing out on conditional status for next year had he fallen outside the top 150. Percy is 4 under through eight holes today, however, and as a result is currently tied for fifth. He’s also projected to move to 124th on the money list, which would obviously lock up full status for next year.
HOWELL BOGEY-FREE: Charles Howell III is the only player in the field still without a bogey on his scorecard – that’s a stretch of 42 holes with Howell through six holes this morning. Howell has played 13 bogey-free rounds this season, which is best on TOUR. Ironically, he’s also the last player to go bogey-free in a 72-hole event and not win (at The Greenbrier Classic earlier this year).