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March 3 2012

10:49 PM

Round 3: News, notes and more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Saturday's third round of The Honda Classic is in now complete at PGA National. See below for news, notes and more. THIRD-ROUND UPDATES (all times ET) 5:49 p.m.: The final group has finished its rounds with TomGillis and Justin Rose leaving the course thinking they left a shot out there after closing with pars. Both players were inside 30 yards after hitting their second shots into the 556-yard par 5, but each missed his birdie attempt from inside 10 feet. Gillis is 9 under, two behind leader Rory McIlroy. Rose checks in at 7 under, tied with Keegan Bradley and Brian Harman, four shots off the pace. 5:32 p.m.: Rory McIlroy closed out his round with a birdie on the 18th to reach the clubhouse two shots clear of Harris English and Tom Gillis. McIlroy's 66 matches English for the best round of the day. 5 p.m.: So much for that. After 44 straight holes without a bogey, Tom Gillis just made one on the par-3 15th, where he found the bunker off the tee then pitched just off the green to leave a difficult chip to save par. He missed it and dropped a stroke to fall back to 9 under and one back of new solo leader Rory McIlroy. Also at 9 under: Harris English, who is 4 under through 16 holes. 4:50 p.m.: Thanks to a birdie on the par-3 15th, Rory McIlroy is back to 10 under and in a tie for the lead with Tom Gillis late in the third round. McIlroy stuck his approach to just over 5 feet on the 149-yard hole, which is playing 30 yards shorter than normal. The birdie was the fifth of McIlroy’s round. Meanwhile, Gillis continues to be mistake-free. His last -- and only -- bogey came on the 15th hole (his sixth) in Thursday’s opening round. That’s a span of 44 holes without a bogey for Gillis.   4:15 p.m.: Tom Gillis lives in nearby Jupiter, so he’s used to playing PGA National and certainly familiar with the South Florida wind. He’s proving, too, by leading at 10 under with a half dozen holes left in his round. Right behind him, however, is Rory McIlroy, who like Gillis is 2 under on the day. Meanwhile, Harris English has moved back into contention by playing his first 14 holes in 3 under. 3:25 p.m.: After hitting his tee shot into a water hazard on the par-4 8th hole, Tom Gillis drains a 33-foot par-saving putt to stay at 9 under, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy. Also in the final group, Justin Rose makes a 14-foot par putt to stay two shots back. 3:15 p.m.: After four 64s and a 61 were posted in Rounds 1 and 2, 3-under 67 is the round of the day thus far. Chris Stroud, Gary Christian, Fredrik Jacobson, Rickie Fowler and Spencer Levin have posted that number. No player on the course is 3 under on the day, but three -- Keegan Bradley, Kevin Stadler and Charl Schwartzel -- are currently 2 under. 3:05 p.m.: Rory McIlroy gives another shot away at the par-3 7t. He is now one shot behind leader Tom Gillis. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods (69) and Lee Westwood (70) close out their third rounds. 2:50 p.m.: Rory McIlroy and Tom Gillis now share the lead at 9 under after McIlroy dropped a stroke at No. 6, where he came up short of the green on his approach shot then failed to get up-and-down for par. The bogey is the first of McIlroy’s round. 2:35 p.m.: Three straight birdies by Rory McIlroy have him alone in the lead at 10 under. All week McIlroy has talked about feeling increasingly comfortable with his game and it’s showing here. Meanwhile, Tom Gillis just birdied the fourth hole to get within one of McIlroy. Charl Schwartzel and Keegan Bradley are among a group of four players three back of McIlroy. 2:25 p.m.: Rory McIlroy is now all alone atop the leaderboard at The Honda Classic after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4. McIlroy reached the par-5 second in two then two-putted from 25 feet. He added another on the par-4 fourth after pouring in a 22-footer. McIlroy has been spot on so far with four greens and three fairways hit with just seven putts so far. 2:05 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel is certainly in contention now after playing his first nine holes in 4 under to get within one of the lead. The Masters champion has been spot on in every facet, hitting 5 of 7 fairways and 8 of 9 greens while taking just 13 putts. He hasn’t missed anything inside 10 feet and he’s also made a couple of putts in the 15-20 foot range. 1:52 p.m.: Justin Rose poured in a 17-foot birdie putt on the first hole at PGA National. He's now 9 under, one clear of Tom Gillis and two ahead of Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Dicky Pride. 1:22 p.m.: The big mover on moving day thus far is 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. The South African has four birdies in his first six holes and is now tied for third at 7 under.
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