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Kevin Roy, Philip Knowles share third-round lead at Club Car Championship

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    Things to Know

    • Kevin Roy and Philip Knowles share the 54-hole lead, each bidding for their first career Korn Ferry Tour win
    • Knowles leads all players this week with 18 birdies through three rounds
    • Roy secures his second 54-hole lead/co-lead of the season
    • Georgia Southern alum Steven Fisk enters the final round one shot behind the co-leaders
    • Four players sit at 9-under par, including Korn Ferry Tour winners Trevor Cone and Rob Oppenheim
    • Final-round pairings will run from 7:55 a.m. through 1:25 p.m. ET off the first tee

    Third-Round Lead Notes

    4 - Third-round leaders/co-leaders to win Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club: David Skinns (2023), Evan Harmeling (2020), Dan McCarthy (2019), Sam Burns (2018)

    2 - Third-round leaders/co-leaders to win on Tour in 2024: Jeremy Paul (The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay), Isaiah Salinda (The Panama Championship)

    Philip Knowles (Co-leader/11-under)

    • Carded a third-round 3-under 69 with seven birdies against four bogeys
      • Seven birdies came on four par-4s (Nos. 5, 7, 9, 16) and three par-5s (Nos. 3, 14, 18)
      • Opened with a bogey on the par-4 first and added three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the 10th, 12th and 13th
    • Has tallied 18 birdies this week, the most by any player in the field
    • Earns the third 54-hole lead/co-lead of his Korn Ferry Tour career and first since the 2022 season
      • Outright 54-hole leader at 2022 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Chevron (finished T2) and 54-hole co-leader at the 2022 Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Woodhouse (finished T10)
    • Making first ever start at the Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club this week
    • Currently sits 92nd on the Points List; has made two starts this season and his best finish is a T16 at The Panama Championship
    • Bidding for the first Korn Ferry Tour win of his career (26 career starts entering week)\
      • Has one career PGA TOUR-sanctioned victory (2021 Auburn University Club Invitational on PGA TOUR Americas)
    • Last season, made nine starts during the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season before suffering a thumb injury
      • In nine TOUR starts, logged three made cuts with the best finish being T48 at the World Wide Technology Championship
    • Earned his first PGA TOUR card via the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Finals after he began the season with conditional status; in 19 starts during the 2022 season, logged eight top-25 finishes and two top-10s
    • Played four seasons collegiately at the University of North Florida (2015-19), where he was a 2019 All-America Third Team selection and 2018 All-America Honorable Mention; also named the 2019 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, and was a three-time All-Atlantic Sun First Team selection (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • Grew up in Bradenton, Florida, and now resides in Jacksonville, Florida

    Kevin Roy (Co-leader/11-under)

    • Recorded a third-round 2-under 70 after rolling in four birdies against two bogeys
      • Four birdies came at three par-5s (Nos. 3, 14, 18) and one par-4 (No. 7)
      • Two bogeys came at the par-3 second and par-4 13th
    • Clinches the second 54-hole lead/co-lead of his Korn Ferry Tour career, both occurring this season
      • Held a share of the 54-hole lead at the season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and eventually finished solo second, the best finish of his Korn Ferry Tour career
    • Bidding for his first career PGA TOUR-sanctioned victory
    • Making his 84th career Korn Ferry Tour start this week and his fourth appearance at the Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club (missed cut in 2020, 2021 and 2022)
    • Played on the PGA TOUR during the 2022-23 season where he made three top-25 finishes in 31 starts, with his best being a T8 at the 2023 Butterfield Bermuda Championship
      • Finished the 2022-23 season ranked 174th in the FedExCup Standings
    • Earned his first PGA TOUR card in 2022 after finishing No. 24 on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List
      • In 22 starts that season, Roy logged four top-10s and seven top-25s, highlighted by his T2 finish at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics
    • During the 2020-21 season, played in all 46 events recording four top-10s, 14 top-25s, and 29 made cuts to finish No. 48 in the final standings
    • Originally from Syracuse, New York, and now resides in Lakewood Ranch, Florida
    • Played collegiately at Long Beach State University where he earned First Team All-Big West honors as a senior
      • College teammates at Long Beach State University with PGA TOUR winner Xander Schauffele


    Knowles on mentality entering the final round as a co-leader… “Hard to really change much. I've done a lot of really good things so far this week and I mean, if I look back an hour and a half ago, just made the turn, I made bogeyed three out of my first four holes on the back. I wouldn't have thought that I would be here necessarily, but at the same time I just felt like I've been doing good stuff so might as well continue to trust that and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Made a couple birdies coming in and voila. Really just need to clean it up, just take out some of the bad and keep the good.”

    Roy on being in the final group Sunday… “I think I can draw back from basically the last two months, the start of the season I was in the final group on the third day and the last day in the Bahamas and I didn't come out on top, but still played some decent golf. I can draw back on that. I really like where my game's at, I think I'm playing really well. If the putter wants to cooperate one more day, I think we'll be all right.”

    Roy on the benefits of having a mental coach this season… “It's helped a lot. It's not just on the course, it's off the course as well. We call that the red light, green light, yellow light system. My goal going into every single tournament round I play, I try to be 95 percent in the green light. I really think I've been doing a good job of that the past two months. Whatever way it goes tomorrow, I'm going to have the same goal, try to be in the green light. If we come out on top, awesome. If not, we'll tee it up in a couple weeks at home.”


    • Georgia Southern alum Fisk (third/10-under) entered the day with a tie for the lead and now sits one shot behind Roy and Knowles after carding a 1-under 71
      • Played four seasons at Georgia Southern University (2015-19), amassing a school-record nine career wins, including six as a senior in 2018-19; decorated career included 2019 All-America First Team recognition, back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Year awards in 2017-18 and 2018-19, three consecutive All-Sun Belt First Team selections (2017-19), and the 2015-16 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year award
      • Since 2022, has made 50 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour and logged eight top-25 finishes and one top-10 (T6 at the 2023 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank)
      • Last season, finished No. 64 on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List to earn fully exempt membership for the 2024 season (top 75 from Points List)
    • Tano Goya (T4/9-under) carded a third-round 3-under 69, despite back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes of the day (par-3 17th and par-5 18th)
      • Tallied six birdies Saturday in a 10-hole stretch (Nos. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14)
      • In six starts this season, the Cordoba, Argentina native has four made cuts and two top-25 finishes, highlighted by a T6 at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club
    • Wil Bateman (T4/9-under) recorded a bogey-free 3-under 69 in the third round and sits inside the top-10 after 54 holes for the third time this season
      • Bateman entered the week No. 15 on the Points List after posting two top-5 finishes this season, with his best finish being runner-up at The Panama Championship
    • Rob Oppenheim (T4/9-under) sits two shots behind the co-leaders after three rounds and has just three bogeys all week, the fewest holes of bogey-or-worse by any player
    • After a third-round 1-under 71, Trevor Cone (T4/9-under) is bidding for his third top-25 of the season and second top-10; Cone briefly held the outright lead Saturday when approaching his final hole of the day, but recorded a double bogey on the par-5 18th and fell to T4
      • In five starts this season, has four made cuts and two top-25 finishes, highlighted by a T8 at the Astara Golf Championship presented by Mastercard
    • Danny Walker (T8/8-under), who held a share of the 36-hole lead alongside Roy and Fisk, carded a 1-over 73 Saturday and enters the final round three shots behind the co-leaders
    • Ollie Schniederjans (T8/8-under) recorded the low round of the day with a 5-under 67 via six birdies against one bogey
    • Georgia Southern alums Ben Carr (T12/7-under) and Mason Williams (T12/7-under), who are making their Korn Ferry Tour debuts this week, enter the final round four strokes behind the lead
    • Carr is playing as a sponsor exemption this week while Williams earned the start as an open qualifier
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