March 3 2013
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson are in largely unfamiliar position atop the leaderboard in the final round at The Honda Classic.
Neither has won on the PGA TOUR, but both have various experiences they can draw on. Here's a closer look at both players
Now in his third season on TOUR, Thompson's best moment to date was a runner-up finish at last year's U.S. Open.
He's only led once after 54 holes -- at the 2011 McGladrey Classic, where he shot a 69 in the final round to finish third.
If he keeps putting the way he did Saturday, however, he has as good a chance as anyone. Over Thompson's first 12 holes in the third round, he had seven one-putts.
Getting off to another good start, especially with windy conditions, will be more important to Thompson than just about anybody else.
Guthrie, a 23-year-old native of Quincy, Ill., is already making his seventh start of the season this year, but the early-season grind hasn't gotten to him. He has four finishes in the top 30 and is in position to get his first win.
Though he's a rookie, Guthrie can draw on the two Web.com Tour victories he had last year.
It'll also help having his brother Zach on the bag. The last player to win with his brother as a caddie was Bill Haas at the 2012 Northern Trust Open.
And unlike last year, when the 54-hole lead seemed to be more of a curse than a blessing, third-round leaders have gone on to win four of six times in 2013.
The last player to do it year? Rory McIlroy, last year.
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