March 10 2012
DORAL, Fla. -- The third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship is in the books. For news, notes and updates from the day see below.
IN-ROUND UPDATES (All times ET)
5:45 p.m.: Bubba Watson stumbled coming in Saturday, making a bogey on the par-4 16th, where he hit it over the green, took a drop and eventually two-putted. The good news for Watson is that he still shot 67 and leads by three over Justin Rose and Keegan Bradley heading into the final round.
4:25 p.m.: Tiger Woods hit a couple bumps in the road on his back nine Saturday at TPC Blue Monster but finished strong with birdies on two of his final three holes. Woods converted a 4-foot birdie putt on the tough 18th hole to cap a 4-under 68 that has him in the clubhouse at 9 under. Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson also at that number through 54 holes.
4:10 p.m.: We now have a tie atop the leaderboard in what’s been a wild, birdie-filled day here at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Justin Rose has birdied each of his last four holes, the latest coming on the par-4 11th, where he stuck his approach shot to 8 feet and made the putt. That moves him into a share of the lead with Bubba Watson, who has parred each of his last two holes after missing a 12-footer for birdie on the 10th. Alone in third is Keegan Bradley, who just birdied the par-5 12th to get to 5 under on the day and within three of the lead. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has cooled off after a hot start and is 3 under as he plays the 18th. Woods is eight off the lead.
3:35 p.m.: A bogey by Bubba Watson on the par-4 ninth, where he slid a 5-footer to save par past the hole, resulted in a two-shot swing with Watson’s lead being cut from four to just two after Justin Rose followed with a birdie. There are plenty of other contenders, too, with Keegan Bradley 4 under through 10 and within four of the lead, and Webb Simpson 8 under through 17 holes and within five. Adam Scott is also just five shots back after playing his first nine holes in 1 under.
3:10 p.m.: Bubba Watson spins home a three-foot birdie putt on the par-4 seventh hole. He's 4 under for the day, 16 under on the week, and four clear of Justin Rose. Watson has racked up 18 birdies and two eagles in hisfirst 43 holes at TPC Blue Monster.
2:50 p.m.: Rory McIlroy played his last six holes in 2 over Saturday afternoon but still carded a 7-under 65 to reach 9 under for the week. His playing competitor and good friend Graeme McDowell wasn't far off the pace, posting a 5-under 67 that featured just one bogey.
2:35 p.m.: There are birdies coming from all over the golf course today. Keegan Bradley 3 under through six, Webb Simpson 7 under through 12, Rory McIlroy 7 under through 16 (he was 9 under on the round until bogeying two of his last three holes). Bubba Watson is still leading after an eagle on his opening hole, but Justin Rose is still just one back after playing his first four holes in 2 under.
2:20 p.m.: Tiger Woods made par the hard way on the par-3 ninth, finding water left off the tee, taking a drop and holing out his pitch shot. Ho hum. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy’s pace has been slowed after a bogey on the par-4 14th, where he found a fairway bunker off the tee, failed to reach the green and couldn’t get up-and-down for par. He added another bogey two holes later when he missed the green again and again failed to get up and down.
2 p.m.: With Rory McIlroy -- 9 under through 13 holes -- and Tiger Woods -- 4 under through seven holes -- charging up the leaderboard, overnight leader Bubba Watson didn’t waste any time giving himself a cushion with an eagle on the par-5 opening hole. Watson hit a 342-yard drive then stuck his approach from 172 yards to 6 feet to get to 14 under and two clear of Justin Rose, who made birdie on the first hole. Meanwhile, McIlroy is three back at 11 under while Woods is five off the pace at 9 under.
1:30 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, who began the day 10 shots off the lead, is now suddenly within two of it after an eagle on the par-5 10th, where he hit it to 17 feet on his second shot and curled in a right to left putt to get to 8 under on the day. McIlroy has just 11 putts through 10 holes.
1:05 p.m.: Players are taking advantage of benign conditions with virtually no wind on the golf course and with that, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are suddenly in contention. Woods has birdied each of his first three holes, while McIlroy just made the turn in 30 with six birdies and one bogey on the front nine -- and that’s without a birdie on either of the par-5s. Woods has yet to miss a green and McIlroy has taken just 10 putts so far. Both are just four shots off the lead. Woods is playing with good friend Steve Stricker, while McIlroy is paired with buddy Graeme McDowell -- certainly good pairings for both.