March 17 2012
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The third round of the Transitions Championship is in full swing and we’ll have updates from the Copperhead Course at Innnisbrook all day. Leave your comments below.
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6:07 p.m.: Round 3 is in the books at the Transitions Championship, and Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen are tied for the lead at 11 under. Jason Dufner, the leader after 36 holes, is one shot back after an even-par 71. He parred his last seven holes Saturday. Sang-Moon Bae is tied with Dufner at 10 under. As for Padraig Harrington, the first-round leader after a course-record 61, he shot over par for the second straight round and is at 7 under, four shots back.
5:30 p.m.: Sang-Moon Bae’s 16th hole went something like this: Tee shot well left, pitch out across fairway, third shot over the green, fourth shot, three-putt from 28 feet. The result was a triple-bogey 7 that dropped Bae out of the lead. If there was a bright side, it’s that he bounced back with a birdie on the next hole to get back to 10 under and within two of Jim Furyk … until Furyk bogeyed the 18th hole to fall back to 11 under and into a tie with Retief Goosen at 11 under.
5 p.m.: Thanks to a birdie on the par-3 15th, Jim Furyk has pulled even with Sang-Moon Bae for a share of the lead as we get deep into the third round at the Transitions Championship. Bae, a rookie, is of course trying to win for the first time on the PGA TOUR. Furyk’s just trying to win, which he has done here before two years ago. They’re both one shot clear of Retief Goosen, who is in the clubhouse with a 65, and Ken Duke, who has three holes to play. Overnight leader Jason Dufner is even par on his round and another shot back at 10 under.
4:30 p.m.: Retief Goosen is the clubhouse leader at 11 under after a 65 Saturday that included three straight birdies over his final five holes. Goosen had the putter working, taking just 25 putts on the round. He’s also familiar with this place having won the Transitions Championship in 2009 and 2003. With a strong performance here, he could also play his way into the Masters by climbing back inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He entered the week at No. 52. A win of course would also get him in.
4:05 p.m.: The winning score here a year ago was 15 under. We might see someone reach that number before the third round is over. Sang-Moon Bae is at 12 under and leading by one after a birdie at the par-5 11th, where he laid up, hit his approach to 9 feet and made the putt. It’s the sixth birdie of the day for Bae, who’s missed just two fairways and two greens in regulation. Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk, meanwhile, are just a stroke back, while three others, including overnight leader Jason Dufner, are at 9 under.
3:45 p.m.: Sang-Moon Bae is still leading by one at the moment, but the leaderboard is awfully crowded behind him with 19 players within four shots. There’s some pretty stout company among that group, too, with Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Jason Dufner all just one shot back. Ernie Els, who just canned a 30-footer on the 15th for birdie, is only three back. Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia are within reach, too with Harrington three back and Donald and Garcia four back.
3:15 p.m.: Jason Dufner, who had gone two-plus rounds without a bogey, just made his first one of the tournament. Worse yet, it came on a par-5. After failing to birdie the par-5 first hole, which has played as the easiest hole on the course this week, Dufner made a mess of No. 5. He found the fairway of the tee but pulled his second into the left rough and left his third on the front of the green. Dufner ran his next shot well past the hole and it took two more strokes to get home from 12 feet. As a result, Dufner is down to 9 under and now two shots off the lead of Sang-Moon Bae. That’s a four-shot swing since the start of the day for Dufner.
3 p.m.: Sang-Moon Bae now leads by himself at 11 under after making four birdies through his first seven holes. Jim Furyk and Jason Dufner are one back. Dufner is just even par through his first four holes and was shaky right from the start. He made a par on the par-5 opening hole, where he found a fairway bunker off the tee, couldn’t reach the green in two, and two-putted from 17 feet. Furyk, like Bae, is 4 under through seven holes, and remember Furyk won here two years ago.
2:20 p.m.: There are now eight players within two strokes of Jason Dufner’s lead at the Transitions Championship, where three of them -- John Mallinger, Sang-Moon Bae and Ken Duke -- are just a stroke back. Mallinger is the furthest along among that group at 5 under through 11 holes. Bae and Duke are both 2 under through four holes. Luke Donald was within one after an eagle on the first hole, but he’s since dropped two back after a bogey on the second hole.
2 p.m.: Jason Dufner just teed off a few minutes ago and has seen his lead cut to just one in the process. Sang-Moon Bae birdied each of his first two holes to get to 9 under, while Luke Donald holed out from a greenside bunker on the par-5 first for an eagle to also get within one. Should Donald win this week, he would move back to No. 1 in the world.
1:30 p.m.: The final pairing won’t tee off for another 25 minutes, but when they do they’ll have plenty of players moving up quickly behind them. Shaun Micheel is 5 under through 13 holes and within three of Jason Dufner’s lead. As is John Mallinger, who is 3 under through seven holes. Jerry Kelly are Kevin Streelman are up there, too, with both players 2 under early in their rounds. As for Dufner, he’ll be trying to extend his bogey-free streak. He’s yet to make one through the first two rounds.