Somehow, someway, the Players Championship has co-leaders for the third straight round heading into Sunday. J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley will start the final round at 9-under with a slim one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen.
Holmes managed to get atop the leaderboard despite failing to hit a fairway during his last six holes of Round 3. Wind was definitely affecting the field as Holmes was one of just 17 players to get under par for the day. He was even on the front nine and managed three birdies with one bogey on the back nine. The good thing for Holmes is that he’s leading the tournament in strokes gained putting.
“Not this year for sure,” Holmes said when asked if he’s putted better than he has this week. “I’ve struggled this year putting. I feel like the last two weeks I’ve hit a lot of great putts and they haven’t really gone in, so I guess I was saving them up for this week.”
Kyle Stanley, who had a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen to start Round 3, got off to a rough start. He bogeyed three of his first four holes but managed a birdie on No. 2. He salvaged the rest of his round with no other bogeys and two more birdies in the tough conditions. Stanley managed to stay even keel despite how he started the day.
“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot,” Stanley said.
Holmes and Stanley will have their work cut out for them with Oosthuizen, Si Woo Kim, Emiliano Grillo, and Ian Poulter all within three shots or less. Sergio Garcia is within four at 5-under as well.
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