Masters champion Sergio Garcia charged into contention during Saturday's windy third round of The Players Championship while Americans Kyle Stanley and J.B. Holmes shared the lead after 54 holes.
It's played at one of the finest courses in golf (TPC Sawgrass in Florida), it lands on a primo weekend (Mother's Day) and it has the highest purse in golf (more than $10 million!). "I'm going to need one of those great rounds", Scott said.
Stanley's round almost went off the rails early, with bogeys on three of his first four holes.
Garcia celebrated the ace by giving free beer and vodka to the media. "I've always believed in the ability that I have".
After returning from the first injury to the Mexico Championship, where he had the 36-hole lead and tied for seventh, McIlroy played four times in six weeks through the Masters, and then after his marriage, got right back to work.
Stanley got his mistakes out of the way quickly with three bogeys on his opening four holes, kept a clean card the rest of the way and finished with a tough par save from the bunker behind the 18th green for a hard-fought 72. Course officials may have to figure out a way to make going for the green off the tee more enticing. The 30-year-old, who secured his card by finishing third at the Qualifying School last November, came undone after running up a quadruple-bogey 8 at the second as he slumped to an 80 in his second round at Morgado Golf Resort. "I don't know what the best way to describe the golf course is. That's what I practice", he said.
After starting on the back nine at Sawgrass, Day birdied the 11th, 13th and 16th to reach the turn in 33, before holing from 65ft across the first green. "It's nice to play it well".More news: LeBron James scores 35 points, Cavaliers sweep Raptors
He made his first eagle with a 55-foot putt at the par-five 11th before sinking a 10-footer at the par-five 16th. "Thanks to that and some great putts and thanks to that, we were able to shoot a very good 5 under".
"I played some good golf out there, and unfortunately not on the last two", Scott said. "It would be awesome to win this tournament".
"That's going to put a smile on me the rest of the day for sure", he said.
Oosthuizen picked up birdies on both par 3s on the back nine, and then hit his best shot on the first hole from deep in the woods on pine straw. That came right after he bogeyed the par-five 16th hole, and Kim's power of recovery should give him an excellent opportunity to stand up to the pressure in Sunday's final round.
"I hit a good shot, but it can go there, it can go 3 yards past". Just try to keep in in the fairway, the short grass. - Less than two hours into The Players Championship, Sergio Garcia appeared to be headed for the exits. It's obviously not a hundred percent, but it's good enough to get myself around here for the next couple of days. When he rebounded with a birdie at the par-5 11, he was 4 under for the round.
The Karsten Course, he said, is not almost as hard as TPC Sawgrass, but he learned strategy by playing it.