Phew, I'm exhausted! We have a stacked ranking after a long day of fun third round at TPC Sawgrass. Jon Rahm has almost equaled the course record and leads after 54 holes on an elite collection of the world's best ball strikers. I do not know if I would expect anything else in such a good field as this one, but this year seems to have produced one of the best Saturday night paintings I can remember.
Here is a preview of the top 10.
1. Jon Rahm (-15): The Spaniard was 1 in the day on eight holes Saturday … and he then lost his mind. He played the last 10 in 7 under his own and enjoyed one of the most beautiful days in the history of the newest championship players. (He also won more than five shots from start to green on the approach shots.) Rahn was a putt on 18th place to equal the course record of 63 and the record of nine backs of 29. He did not succeed, but one under 64 will have it in the last pair on Sunday afternoon. As NBC has noted, he is now in the 80s, 70s and 60s during his three third rounds at TPC Sawgrass.
T2. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood (-14): This pair played the first two holes of a collective 3 after sleeping on the co-lead of 36 holes. They answered valiantly, however, when Fleetwood pulled a 32 on the back and McIlroy scored four birdies and no boguey the rest of the way. The final score was 70 years for both golfers, and what could have been a disastrous third day turned into a great preparation for Sunday's final.
4. Jason Day (-12): The Australian is 6 for 8 on the 10-15 foot putts this week, which covers a multitude of sins. Day did not even play well on Saturday's normal 5 (a birdie in four tries), but he simply refused to make bogeys after the first hole. He now has a chance to hit his second player in the last four years.
5. Abraham Ancer (-11): Ancer had a day similar to that of Fleetwood. He came out in 37, but then made a birdie with the top three in the ninth to shoot a 33 in the back. Now he is in a position for the best result of his life. Ancer leads not at all, but leads the field in birdies this week with 19 years old. He may need another 10 Sundays to pursue the four guys in front of him.
T6. Ollie Schniedarjans, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Brian Harman (-10): This group was made up of fewer than 23 players on Saturday, which means that it's unlikely that any of them will get a back-to-back effort in the lower 60s and the victory of Sunday. Johnson appeared to be about to kick back late, but he missed the easy 16th and missed a short birdie throw for the 17th match-3. He will likely need an all-timer Sunday for his first win of the players.
In addition, I should note that we almost had a moment of all time with Furyk Saturday 18 when he had almost chosen to give a full blow to this ball (which would have dropped into the water ).
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