Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead after 54 holes at the WGC Championships HSBC Champions, which finished in darkness after an earlier rain delay.
In a day of drama, rain delays, and playing in darkness Kevin completed the third round with -2 under 70, and stayed on top of the WGC Championships HSBC Champions leaderboard at -16 under par.
Second place is shared between Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Russell Knox at -15 under par for the tournament.
Dustin carded a third round -7 under 65, local player Haotong -6 under 66, while Russell elected not to finish the round in the darkness. He will have to return tomorrow to complete his third round, accompanied by a marker.
Haotong from China feels under a pot of pressure to perform well;
“I started getting used to the intensity because of the way I played on the Web.com, the challenge and the competition were so intense that sometimes I felt like I cannot breathe properly.”
“This tournament is so big, it’s too big,”
“I know that the final day, a lot of people are going to be hitting a lot of birdies.”
“That’s why I thought that my target, my goal of this tournament would be making the top 10.”
“Making the top ten will already be a highlight and a milestone for my short career. I hope that tomorrow I can do well and finish at the position of where I want to.”
At -13 under par are Jordan Spieth, who shot the low round of the day -9 under par 63, Ross Fisher -7 under 65 and Patrick Reed -4 under 68.
In one of the strangest moments of the day, Branden Grace played an approach shot to the par five 13th green, his third, which struck the pin and rolled back to end up on the top edge of the bunker. He had no proper stance to play a shot, but the referee awarded him a free drop. What ever happened to play the ball as it lies. All the commentators were understandably baffled by this generous decision. Will be interesting to see what explanation Tournament Referee Slugger White has to say on the subject.
Rory McIlroy shot a third round -4 under 68 and deserves credit for playing at all after the bout of food poisoning hit him hard. He lost 10 lbs in weight, that has to have some effect on how you can play and concentrate.