(Reuters) – Tony Finau made a wonderful par-save on the final to affix Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm on the high of the leaderboard after the third spherical of the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Golf – 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationwide – Guyancourt, France – September 30, 2018 – Workforce USA’s Tony Finau in the course of the Singles REUTERS/Paul Childs
Finau recovered from an early bogey to card a five-under-par 67, whereas midway co-leaders Stenson and Rahm shot matching 69s at Albany on the island of New Windfall.
At 13-under 203, the trio headed Gary Woodland by two strokes with one spherical remaining on the event, which boasts a powerful area however isn’t an official PGA Tour cash occasion.
Match host Tiger Woods signed for a 72 to carry up the rear within the 18-man area. He has made a double-bogey or worse in every of the three rounds to this point.
A reasonable breeze made for comparatively tough scoring circumstances with a 66 one of the best of the day, carded by each Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed.
Finau took benefit of his energy to birdie 4 of the 5 par-fives but it surely was a deft contact on the par-four 18th that impressed as a lot as anything he did.
After a poor second shot left his ball in a tricky spot within the tough, he flopped a fragile restoration shot to 12 toes and sank the putt to avoid wasting par.
“I took care of the par-fives, and on this golf course, we
have 5 of them, I believe that’s what it’s important to do to play properly,” mentioned Finau, making his debut within the occasion.
Swede Stenson leads the sphere in birdies, fairways hit and greens in regulation however he mentioned there was nonetheless room for enchancment.
“I’ve hit some sensible pictures however I wouldn’t say I’m firing 100 %,” he mentioned.
“It’s somewhat little bit of a battle at occasions. I’m simply attempting to do one of the best I can and retaining a superb angle.
“I’ve accomplished that to this point and I intend to do the identical tomorrow to see if we will be there on the finish when it issues.”
Spaniard Rahm was disillusioned to not have the only lead after a birdie putt on the final didn’t drop.
“You get a bitter style in your mouth once you lip-out on 18,” he mentioned.
“On the similar time, three-under (on Saturday), tied for the lead, I might have taken it at first of the week.”
Alex Noren bounced again from a triple-bogey at 16 with a hole-in-one on the very subsequent gap.
Noren used a nine-iron from 181 yards to ace the 17th, his ball touchdown softly a few toes in entrance of the cup and trickling in.
It was a part of a wild five-hole stretch for the Swede, who additionally birdied the 14th, eagled 15 and picked up one other shot on the final.
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina, modifying by Ed Osmond/Peter Rutherford