Webb Simpson leads the Wells Fargo Championship after the third round at Quail Hollow. Webb had a round of -3 under par 69 and leads the field by just one shot. Following close behind are Ryan Moore, who had a -4 under par round of 68, and D.A. Points finished with a -3 under par 69, both players have a tournament total of -13 under par.
Nick Watney had a bogey on the last hole after a wayward drive which incurred a penalty stroke. That mistake put him back to a total of -12 under par. On the same tournament total is Rory McIlroy, who really shined on course today with a round of -6 under par 66. Rickie Fowler and Stewart Cink are a further shot back on -11 under par. Rickie also finds himself in very good form and is still looking for his first PGA Tour win.
Rory is playing extremely well, and the boys at the top will be looking anxiously back over their shoulders tomorrow, to see if he is making a Sunday charge at the title. He needs to finish high up the leaderboard at this tournament to regain the number one spot from Luke Donald. Luke did not play this week and expects Rory to leapfrog him in the rankings this week.
Rory McIlroy shoots a seven-under-par 65, that could have been a 61, ti tie the lead at the Dubai Classic. Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn also had rounds of 65 and Martin Kaymer dunked his first-ever hole-in-one from 180 yards with an 8-iron Martin won an Omega watch worth $20,000 for his perfect strike. His Rolex sponsor was no doubt delighted. He is now two shots behind McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn who are at 13 under for the tournament. While Lee Westwood is lurking at 10 under and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello is at 12 under. Rory said of his round:
“I definitely think it could have been better than 65.I don’t want to say easy but it was as simple a 65 as you’re going to shoot. I was never really under any pressure early in the round. This was very stress-free golf. I feel like you should shoot in the mid-60s and the way I’m playing this week, if I didn’t shoot anything like that around here, I would be pretty disappointed. “
He was cheered on by his father and also girlfriend , Caroline Wozniacki.
Questioned about the Masters, Rory commented;
“You start to think about shots you will need, it would be nice to knock off a couple of wins before going to Augusta.”
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Robert Rock, who is at four under for the tournament was asked; who is better, Woods or McIlroy, his reply;
“Ah, you can’t ask me that, that’s not fair. I am sure we are going to see some interesting battles between the two this year. Both are just brilliant in every department. Rory was fantastic. From the ninth onwards on Thursday he played perfect golf. I feel lucky to have been up close to watch it. The way he played the 18th both days was really impressive. You can’t do much better than hit a long draw off the tee and a high iron to 10 feet. Makes the game look simple, especially off the tee. He is probably the best driver of a ball I’ve seen. He made my 67 look average.”
Rory McIlroy shot 66 in the first of the Dubai World Championship just two shots of the lead of Peter Hanson. Rory was really happy with his round.
“It was a perfect start to the tournament for me,” said McIlory, who has been complaining of fatigue from a lingering virus.”To shoot a great score like that really sets me up nicely for the next three days. The back nine was just pretty much flawless. I held some really, really nice putts. Just giving myself chances and opportunities for birdies, and lucky enough I was able to make a few.”
Luke Donald had a mixed round to finish with 72 and a share of 26th place. The sad death of Lukes father and then the birth of his daughter two days later has left a deep emotional experience to be overcome. Before the golf he spoke about the two very different emotions.
“For it to happen only a few days before my daughter was born, there was a wide range of emotions,” he said. “It’s something you can’t ever prepare for and it was very, very sad.
“I lost a good friend in my dad — somebody who, I think, brought me up in a proper way as he was with bringing me up as a decent person, with good morals, setting an example for a way to live. He taught me to treat people as I would want to be treated myself. That’s something I will always remember my dad for.”
He was not too happy with his on course experience.
“I played solid the front nine and hit a few shots that cost me, poor drives on 14 and 15 and it was bit of a loose back nine, unfortunately. But trying to get better from here on out.”
Rory McIlroy (R) finished the day six shots clear of Race to Dubai rival Luke Donald (L)
A brilliant birdie from the bunker on 18 wins Rory McIlroy the highly ranked UBS Hong Kong title. this win also hots up the race to Dubai with Luke Donald. Luke is trying to become the first man to win the money title on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year. It looked for a long time like a foregone conclusion but Rory’s win changes all that. The Arnold Schwarzenegger pose in the bunker (minus the muscles) showed how much it meant to him. I look forward to the conclusion of the race to Dubai and an end to really great season of golf, even Tiger Woods is wagging his tail again.