Adam Scott concludes PGA Tour Honda Classic defence
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 0:53
Scott, who won last year's event despite a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 15th hole in the third round, birdied that hole Friday to get to 5-under and within four shots of leader Ryan Palmer.
Rickie Fowler was one stroke behind after a second consecutive 66.
Kiwi No.1 Danny Lee was similar, shelling three shots in his last five holes at the Palm Beach Gardens course to card a 73 and finish on two-over. That can obviously go away very quickly, too. You can't give up another shot to be four or five or six behind. "It helps make golf less aggravating at times".
"You look at people like DJ and Rory, I think it's so cool watching them go walk around the golf course because they just look so unbeatable, and they have such great strides and such confidence just when they walk", Thomas said.
His wife is recovering and so is Palmer's game after the long layoff.
He's also improved his putting - which was one of the reasons he moved from Hilton Head, S.C., to Ponte Vedra Beach in December.
"I have been struggling a bit missing greens this week, but overall, my game is pretty solid".
Now he feels like he's coming to grips with his stroke after working with Dave Stockton. From there, Fowler carved a 7-iron to 20 feet and two-putted for birdie. "If you'd seen me hit balls on the range this week, you probably wouldn't believe where I am in the tournament".
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The biggest name to come up short was Jupiter's Justin Thomas, the No. 8 player in the world who has already won three times this year.
"I've hit a lot of fairways right down the middle and it gives me a lot confidence".
He seized the solo lead at 11-under with an 11-foot birdie putt at the ninth, and drained another 11-footer at 16. That offset a bogey at No. 13 when he had to escape trees.
Fowler would have to settle for his first bogey of the day.
Fowler - who has not won since last January on the European Tour - had been one shot adrift when he teed off on the weekend but the three-time PGA Tour victor enjoyed a bogey-free round to be 13 under through 54 holes at PGA National.
Among the field this week are last year's runnerup to Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, defending Masters champion Danny Willett, who is making his first US start of the year, past Honda Classic winners Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald, plus Matthew Fitzpatrick, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Pieters and Ian Poulter.
Waring was playing Royal Johannesburg and Kensington's par-71 West Course after opening with a 6-under 66 on the East Course, the site of the final two rounds.