Its Bubba Watson by one shot after 54 holes of the Northern Trust Open at Pacific Palisades in California.
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Bubba fired a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Northern Trust Open with a -12 under par total at Riviera Golf Club, and he thinks wining here before is a great advantage.
Bubba left the golf course early on Saturday so he could get to an NBA game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors;
“That’s the advantage is that I’m friends with a lot of the guys, friends with Steve Ballmer, I don’t know if you know him, he’s the owner of the Clippers.”
“We all feel good about our chances, even the guy that’s five back.”
“For me, I’m going to go out and try to do the same thing, keep my head down, try to take deep breaths and try to slow it down and hopefully it works out.”
“Knowing that I’ve won here and knowing that I can play around here, obviously I have a little bit of an advantage on the guy that probably hasn’t won here.”
Three players are tied in second place, at -11 under par, Dustin Johnson, Jason Kokrak and Chez Reavie.
Dustin carded -3 under 68 today, Jason -1 under 70 and Chez -2 under 69.
The next group, all at -10 under par contains World #2 Rory McIlroy, -4 under 67 today, Major winner Adam Scott, also -4 under 67, K.J. Choi carded -4 under 67 and Marc Leishman, -3 under 68.
Rory made an 18ft downhill putt for par on the 18th, and got a great roar from the gallery;
“That’s one of the loudest cheers I’ve had in a while.”
“It would be nice to hear something like that again tomorrow.”
“It’s one of these golf courses, if you just stay around, hang in there and not make too many mistakes, stay patient, your time will come and it will present itself with a few opportunities.”
“And thankfully on the back nine, I was able to take some of them.”
Adam said everyone has a chance tomorrow, and they are all playing great;
“Everyone is playing good, and it’s whoever probably wants it the most tomorrow, that makes it happen.”
“Not everyone is just going to fade away. It’s not that brutal hard-and-fast stuff where your slight miss is really punished and you can’t get it up-and-down.”