Michael Thompson felt like he was playing in a U.S. Open whenever he saw his golf ball in the rough or the scores on the leaderboard at...
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Michael Thompson felt like he was playing in a U.S. Open whenever he saw his golf ball in the rough or the scores on the leaderboard at the Honda Classic.
No one was going anywhere Saturday at PGA National.
In cool, blustery conditions on a course with water hazards at nearly every turn, the strategy was to keep the head down and keep big numbers off the scorecard. Thompson and PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie managed to do that well enough to share the lead going into the final round.
Guthrie, in his first time in the last group on tour, made a collection of solid pars on his final eight holes for a 1-over 71. Thompson accepted his bogeys and finished with a two-putt birdie on the 18th for a 70.
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They were at 8-under 202, and while the conditions were tough, equally daunting were some of the names behind him.
Lee Westwood, who moved his family down the road from PGA National over the Christmas break, rallied over the last five holes by chipping in for birdie, making an 18-foot birdie putt on the 17th and salvaging par after hitting into the water on the par-5 18th. That gave him a 70 and put him only two shots behind.
He was tied with Geoff Ogilvy, who recovered from three bogeys in four holes at the start of his round by making a 7-foot birdie putt at the end for a 70.
“Even par for the day was never going to go backward,” Ogilvy said. “It was only going to go forward.”
Eleven players were separated by four shots going into the final round, a group that included Charles Howell III, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.
Tiger Woods shot a 70, and was eight shots behind.
Kyle Stanley (69) of Gig Harbor was tied for 19th at 2-under 208.
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Michael’s brother, Andrew, was tied for 16th, seven shots behind co-leaders, Patrick Cantlay and Jim Renner, who were at 13-under 200.