March 3 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The third round is under way at PGA National, where it’s again breezy but conditions seem to be good for scoring, at least based on some of the early numbers being put up.
Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard to set up moving day:
Tom Gillis (68-64 -- 8 under)
This is Gillis’ fifth career start in The Honda Classic, where his best finish was a tie for 17th in 2010. The 43-year-old resident of nearby Jupiter has never won on the PGA TOUR, or even led for that matter. His closest was a third-place finish at last year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Justin Rose (66-66 -- 8 under)
Rose is a three-time winner on the TOUR with all three of those victories having come in the last two seasons. He’s held at least a share of a 36-hole lead nine times -- the last two resulted in wins at the 2010 AT&T National and 2011 BMW Championship. Should Rose hang on for the win, he would become the fifth consecutive international player to win The Honda Classic -- the last American to win it was Mark Wilson in 2007. Americans, however, have won every week on TOUR this season.
Rory McIlroy (66-67 -- 7 under)
A week after losing to Hunter Mahan in the finals of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy is in contention again. This is by far his best opportunity to win here, though, with a tie for 13th in 2009 his best finish here.