Rory McIlroy down pace gradually, but the Northern Irishman spent his third day at the head of Honda Classic. Russell Henley tip two shots, just before Russell Knox. Tiger Woods returns to the Top 20 with its best day of the year.
Securely installed in the Honda Classic with head card 63 in the tournament opener, Rory McIlroy still tops the standings after 54 holes. The cards are less impressive with three shots left in the road every day (63-66-69), but nobody has yet managed to return to the Northern Irish author.
Brendon de Jonge tried to hang by passing a birdie at 1 and one at 3 (as McIlroy who shared his part), but the Zimbabwean boiling cracked with a first double-bogey at 6 and another at 11. The former world number one has also had a difficult time with two bogeys in a row (at 6 and 7), but the card just under par (-1) is sufficient to maintain the lead. Winner of this tournament in 2012, double winner in Major turned into victory each taking the lead after 54 holes since the Masters 2011. “It is not a coincidence, he remarked. I learned a lot from. I am no longer on the defensive to protect a leader after 54 holes. I hope that the series will continue Sunday. “Two Russell will be ringside to deny the statistics.
Luke Donald In The Top 5
The American Russell Henley, 24 years as McIlroy is still dashing to second place. Georgian waited twelve holes before returning his first birdie, but his eagle on the par 4 14th (shot back at 120 meters) was well worth the wait a little strokes. Author of a 68, Henley nibbles a shot behind McIlroy and is now only two lengths when starting the last lap. ‘J’ try not to pay attention to Rory confided Henley. It plays very well and has more than I used to be in this kind of situation. But I am confident. “Scotsman Russell Knox also very well finished with two birdies to 15 and 16 to get on the provisional podium. Europeans were less at the party since Jamie Donaldson, Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn out of the Top 10, but Luke Donald took over by moving up to 5th despite a timid map marked by two birdies and six pars.
Map of Tiger Woods for his part had nothing shy! Vexed at having crossed the cut in extremis yesterday, and again obliged to stay in the Top 70 after 54 holes to play the final round, Tiger has his claws out by signing a 65. Ideally launched by a birdie on hole number one, Woods actually expected to accelerate the return journey with four birdies in six holes from 10 to 15 to climb to 17th place, seven shots behind the leader. “Today I’m tapped the ball and I made some putts. I felt good.” Still hesitating on his tee shots, Tiger has reached eleven greens in regulation for only 23 putts played. His best card of the year allows him to dream of a new, similar 2012 performance. The world number one was then finished the tournament with a score of 62 to put pressure on Rory McIlroy, which was finally imposed.
The Standings After Three Rounds (70)
1.Rory McIlroy (IRN): 198 (-12)
2.Russell Henley (USA) 200 (-10)
3.Russell Knox (Eco): 201 (-9)
4.Jhonattan Vegas (Fri): 202 (-8)
5.Stuart Appleby (Aus): 203 (-7)
– Luke Donald (Eng). 203 (-7)
– Keegan Bradley (USA). 203 (-7)
– Ryan Palmer (USA). 203 (-7)