Thompson holds lead with 28 holes remaining at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
January 10, 2017
By Nick Parker, PGATOUR.COM
- January 10, 2017
- Nicholas Thompson had 28 holes remaining at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic when Round 3 was suspended on Tuesday due to darkness. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
Bahamas – Nicholas Thompson only got eight holes in of his third round Tuesday before darkness forced tournament officials to suspend play at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Bay. Thompson will return Wednesday for a 7:15 a.m. ET restart with 28 holes of golf in front of him and the overnight lead at 2-under. After teeing off at 3:30 p.m. in the final group, Thompson played eight holes of the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course in even-par and holds a one-shot lead.
“I hit a lot of solid shots,” Thompson said. “That’s the key here, to hit the ball solid to control it.”
Thompson entered the day with the 36-hole lead after posting rounds of 75-67 to open. After waiting around for much of the day for his tee time, he hit it just in front of the green at the par-5 first and two-putted for an easy birdie. Four straight pars followed before his first bogey of the day at the par-3 sixth, where he failed to get up and down. Thompson recorded pars at the seventh and eighth before the horn blew at 5:37 p.m. as he exited the eighth green.
The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket is all too familiar with the challenge of finishing a round and then turning right around for another after playing 32 holes in 3-under on Monday.
“It’ll be just like yesterday playing 32 holes,” Thompson said. “So I’m really looking forward to it.”
The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket has one Web.com Tour win to his credit (2007 HSBC New Zealand PGA), and will be looking to add a second Wednesday in what’s expected to be another breezy day.
Kyle Thompson, a four-time winner on the Web.com Tour, is just one shot back after playing his first eight holes in 3-under. Thompson’s last victory came at the 2015 Rex Hospital Open. The former South Carolina Gamecock finished 37th a year ago on the Regular Season money list, narrowly missing a return to the PGA TOUR.
Whoever emerges victorious Wednesday from a marathon day of golf ahead of them will earn the trophy and most importantly $108,000 – a number that should have them two-thirds of the way to the amount needed to secure one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards handed out at the conclusion of the 22-tournament regular season.
The 36-hole cut, which was made Tuesday afternoon, came in at 11-over 155 – the highest cutline in Web.com Tour history. That mark bests the previous highest cut line of 154, which came at the 1991 South Texas Open.
The third round of the unprecedented Sunday-Wednesday format will resume at 7:15 a.m. ET.
Nicholas Thompson leads after day three of The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
* Tuesday weather: Partly cloudy. High: 72, Low: 66; Winds: NE 20-30 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* This week’s purse is $600,000, with $108,000 going to the champion.
* Second-round play resumed at 7:30 a.m. ET and third round tee times began at 1:20 p.m. ET.
* The scoring average for the par-4 12th at this point is 5.104, which if it held would be the toughest hole in Web.com Tour history. The most difficult hole in Tour history currently is the par-4 second at Hombre Golf Club, which played to an average of 4.921 (+0.921) during the 1991 Ben Hogan Panama City Beach Classic. The toughest hole on Tour in 2016 was the par-4 14th at Victoria National Golf Club, which played to a 4.413 average.
* Thompson, a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, has 226 career PGA TOUR starts to his credit and will bounce back and forth between the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR as he still has a couple starts for a major medical exemption on the TOUR.
* Clemson won the national championship in football on Monday night. Before that, their last team national championship came from the men’s golf team in 2003, which D.J. Trahan was a part of.
* Greg Eason, who shot tournament rounds of 91-95, told Web.com Tour Senior Producer Kevin Prise that he lost 32 balls over the course of the week at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course.
* The 12th hole at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course played to a stroke average of 5.366 in the first round, almost a full stroke tougher than any hole on the Web.com Tour in 2016.