His 6-under round of 66 got him to 10 under for the tournament and put last week’s victor of The Honda Classic two shots clear of Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson at the midway point at the Trump National Doral Blue Monster course in Doral, Florida. I’m hitting a lot of good iron shots. It was just about trying to eradicate the bad stuff, the loose shots, the mental errors, the mistakes. But it’s not an easy golf course… “I never really got out of position”, he said.
Scott appeared to be losing a little momentum when he was a little long with his approach at the par four 14th and was unable to get up and down but then reeled of three consecutive birdies to open up a two shot lead over McIlroy who closed strongly with a round of 65 to be create a mouth-watering battle between the final pair on day three. “It was an impressive even par”. Casey had a 68.
Johnson also carded eight birdies during a stellar round of 64.
“I think the golf course is fantastic”, Johnson said. Gave me a couple extra days to practice, and maybe if I didn’t have those couple of extra days, I wouldn’t have found something in my game that I really liked to go forward with. “The greens are flawless. You can’t take it easy anywhere out here”.
While he certainly was not poor in round three, his usual crisp precision was slightly off and his putter was relatively cold, as the Queenslander only made one putt outside of six feet all day. He bogeyed No. 3, but birdied Nos.
McIlroy, who single-putted nine of the first 12 greens, told Sky Sports: “I felt like I struck the ball well yesterday, I just did not have the pace on the greens and that’s to be expected when you go to a new grip and are thinking more about technique than speed and feel”. “The birdies were there”.
“I’ve been making birdies, that’s not been the problem”. That’s not been the problem.
He will require some impressive golf over the final 36 holes if he is to secure that win, however, as he has in form players such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson all within striking distance.
World No. 2 Jason Day fired his first under-par round of the tournament with a 71 moving him to one over.
“Getting off to a good start is going to be key”, he said.
The partnership between the United States-based tours covers schedule coordination, joint marketing programs, domestic television representation, digital media and exploring the potential development of joint events, the latter already being explored by their European equivalents.
“It was a split on the decision so they called the USGA and he said that the USGA was going to talk about it further, but for now we’re going to rule that you can not do it”. The tours made the announcement Friday and say there’s no formal financial investment or transfer of control.