July 31 2011
The biggest reason Anthony Kim is atop the leaderboard entering today’s final round: Ball-striking. In the third round, he hit 17 greens in regulation and tied his career-low with a 62. For the week, Kim has hit 85 percent of his greens -- up from his season average of 61 percent.
And should Kim, currently 92nd in the FedExCup standings, go on to win he’ll move inside the top 30 for the first time since the sixth week of the season when he ranked 26th.
Similarly, Jimmy Walker, who is three shots back, has also had a good week with his irons. He hit all 18 greens in the third round and averaged just 24 feet, 3 inches on those approach shots . That was a big improvement from his first and second round when he hit 12 and 11 greens, respectively.
Maybe the most impressive numbers belong however to Scott Stallings, who is just one back and will play in that final group with Kim. Stallings is 11 under in his last 42 holes with 11 birdies and zero bogeys. His last bogey came on the third hole (his 12th) of the first round.