The third round finally got completed and two Brits sit at the top on the Honda Classic leaderboard, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter as the final round gets suspended due to darkness.
Poults has played seven last round holes and Paul nine, both sit on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at -7 under par for the title as the tournament heads into a Monday finish.
Poults had his problems in the final round today, he shanked his tee shot on the par 3 fifth and watched helplessly as it bounced off a cart path and plunged into the water, it ended in a double bogey. He followed that by pulling his next tee shot into the water before eventually settling for bogey, and would not report his words to the press. He followed that experience with a birdie on seven;
“It’s not for newspaper or Internet worthy, I was pissed. I was seriously pissed.”
“It was a lack of concentration, I tried to take too much off an 8‑iron and hit a beautiful shank.”
“I was internally very angry, shall we say. And when I do that, obviously my heart rate goes up slightly and obviously that sometimes is what it needs to kick in the adrenaline.”
“So the shot on 7 was fueled with adrenaline, because I was so pissed off.”
“It was a good swing, I guess it’s been a long day, a long few days and I was just saying to my son, Luke, right there, look what happens when you forget to concentrate. Silly things happen.”
“Tiring, and made a couple of really bad swings on 5 and 6. But that kind of angered me inside enough to spark a little bit of energy there to hit a good shot on 7.”
Paul wanted to keep going, he hates a break in momentum;
“I thought the wind was favorable, so I thought I would get on with it, the lie is not great. I might be against the collar in the rough.”
“It just breaks up momentum, some guys will carry it through to Monday. Others won’t and that’s very difficult to predict.”
“You just hope you wake up tomorrow and you feel like you’ve got the same kind of golf swing and the putts are going in the hole.”
“I never like to look back, but I feel like when I was playing some great golf in 2009, 2010, it feels like that kind of stuff.”
“Probably even more so than that time in my golf career because off the golf course, I’m so relaxed and happy with where I’m at with (wife) Pollyanna and (son) Lex.”
“It feels great. I think the combination of being extremely happy off the course and confidence on the course, I think I’m maybe playing as good golf, if not better than I’ve played in the past.”
Patrick Reed is in third position at -6 under par, so far in his final round he is at even par through seven holes, but it will be long day tomorrow, with a lot at stake and the pressure will be on everybody.
There is a posse of five players at -4 under par, including Phil Mickelson, so anything could happen.