Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman Tied at Bay Hill Heading into Final Day

While he maintained his position atop the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard, Charley Hoffman had to fight to get back. He is tied with Kevin Kisner after three rounds at Bay Hill.

Hoffman had a bit of a rough day with four bogeys. Even though Kisner had two of his own, his six birdies and a 4-under 68 on the day bumped him up three spots on the leaderboard for a share of the lead.

“I’ve learned that these guys don’t back up,” said Kisner. “So you’ve still got to make birdies and attack. There’s no protecting leads out here. I’m going to play my own game and try to make as many birdies as I can and look up on the back nine and see where I stand.”

Kisner could have been in the lead all by himself, but he bogeyed No. 18, a hole he probably wants back. Hoffman meanwhile, finished strong with three straight birdies, following back-to-back bogeys, to stop the bleeding.

Hoffman’s birdies on No. 16 and 18 were putts from 45-feet and 71-feet away, respectively. Talk about stepping up in the clutch.

The 71-footer will send chills down your spine for sure.

A lot of eyes were surely on Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler as well. McIlroy played a superb third round with seven birdies and no bogeys, jumping up 38 spots on the leaderboard.

Fowler had a double bogey on No. 3, but he followed that up with three consecutive birdies, four more on the back nine, and an eagle on the sixteenth, racing up 47 spots himself.

Just how good was Fowler feeling? See for yourself.

Both players shot a jaw-dropping 7-under 65. Despite their efforts, McIlroy and Fowler will likely have to be just as dominant on Sunday and have some help along the way to win, trailing the leaders by six and five shots, respectively.

h/t: sportingnews.com, golfdigest.com, pgatour.com

 

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