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August 26 2012

12:03 AM

Breaking down the three-putt stats

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Of the 20 players with the latest tee times in Saturday’s third round of The Barclays, just two managed to avoid having at least one three-putt green: Brandt Snedeker and Ian Poulter.

Tough putting conditions on dry greens Saturday afternoon made three-putt avoidance nearly impossible. Tiger Woods had four three-putts, the most of any single round in his PGA TOUR career. John Huh and Vijay Singh had three three-putts. Justin Rose had a four-putt green.

Of the 75 players on the course Saturday, just 26 avoided a three-putt. Most of those players had early tee times before a couple of the greens became crusty in the afternoon.

Snedeker said the Bethpage State Park Black Course was a “different golf course” than on Thursday’s first round when 87 of the 123 players in the field avoided a three-putt green.

“I watched Justin Rose four-putt No. 8, could not keep the putt short of the hole,” Snedeker said. “The green was dead. It was just unfortunate.”

Thanks to his three-putt avoidance, Snedeker had the lowest round in the final 10 groups, a 3-under 68. The second lowest round belonged to Sergio Garcia in the last group. The Spaniard shot 69 and will take a two-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round.

Said his closest pursuer Nick Watney, whose only three-putt on Saturday came on the final hole: “They (the greens) changed a lot since early Thursday. Yesterday they were on their way to where they are now, which – there’s not a lot of grass in some spots. It’s very, very fast. Very, very firm. It was very difficult.

“The course just kind of beat you up.”

Here’s a look at the final 20 players (listed in order of tee time) on the course Saturday afternoon and their three-putt results in the third round:

Player Number of 3-putts 3-putt holes Rd. 3 score
Brandt Snedeker 0   68
Justin Rose 2 2nd, 8th (4-putt) 79
Ian Poulter 0   76
Michael Thompson 1 3rd 77
Dustin Johnson 1 18th 72
Chris Kirk 2 8th, 13th 76
K.J. Choi 1 7th 80
Ryan Moore 1 8th 70
Martin Laird 2 3rd, 11th 77
Henrik Stenson 2 2nd, 12th 78
Tiger Woods 4 3rd, 6th, 9th, 14th 72
Gary Christian 2 1st, 8th 77
Rickie Fowler 2 13th, 18th 75
John Huh 3 2nd, 12th, 13th 77
John Senden 1 13th 72
Pat Perez 2 8th, 11th 77
Vijay Singh 3 2nd, 8th, 18th 76
Bob Estes 1 18th 72
Nick Watney 1 18th 71
Sergio Garcia 1 3rd 69
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