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September 5 2011

12:11 AM

Interesting notes from the third round

NORTON, Mass. — A few key notes now that the third round is complete at the Deutsche Bank Championship:

Watson Bubba Watson can attribute part of his one-stroke lead through 54 holes to the way he's dominated the par 5s at TPC Boston. He's played them in a combined 10 under which ties a career low for Watson on par 5s through three rounds.

Jason Day hasn't been quite as opportunistic on the par 5s as Watson, but the young Aussie has played them in 8 under. Half of that sub-par total has come on the second hole which Day eagled in the third round and birdied in each of the first two.  It’s the first time in the 23-year-old's career that he has been 4 under through three rounds on any one hole on the PGA TOUR.

Phil Mickelson fired the day's low round of 63 that included an eagle and six birdies -- the latter matching his total in the first two rounds combined.

Ernie Els bogeyed his first hole of the Deutsche Bank Championship but did not make another bogey until the fourth hole of the third round. That streak of 38 bogey-free holes is his longest streak since the 2003 Mercedes Championships (44 straight).

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