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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Wells Fargo Championship - Round 3

The Wells Fargo Championship sports both a bunched and a star-studded leaderboard ahead of the early final round on Sunday. Phil Mickelson and/or Nick Watney could have eliminated a bunch of players on Saturday afternoon, but Phil was Phil and Watney hit a shank to leave 19 players within four of the lead.

  • If Rory could putt he would be up a least five strokes. He missed eight putts inside of seven feet and is three back. That's just in one round. 
  • Lee Westwood fired a 66 in the final round of last year's WFC and Rory shot a course-record 62 in his win in the final round of 2010. Either one of those guys does that tomorrow and they win.
  • Speaking of winners, tomorrow is about as wide open as I could imagine. I don't even know where to begin in declaring a favorite.Sergio is four off the lead. Could he post a 65 and win? Sure. D.A. Points is three back and has been playing excellent golf. Could he post a 67 and steal it? Sure. There's no doubt Rory is hitting it well enough to win. Could the putts fall for him tomorrow for a 66 and a win? Sure. Watney and Mickelson are pretty good too. I could see any number of scenarios, but I wouldn't go much past the pack at 4-under.
  • One thing I have noticed, the Cinderella's have fallen by the wayside for the most part as the week's progressed. We aren't talking about Nate Smith or Scott Gardiner any more. The cream has risen. The only true wildcard left is Derek Ernst. 
  • Sticking with the same Yahoo! lineup of McIlroy, Watney, Glover and Westwood for a third consecutive round.
  • My gut is that they will play tomorrow without interruption beginning at 6:45 a.m. and ending around 1:45 p.m. If they don't I don't see them getting this in before Monday afternoon at the earliest. With THE PLAYERS looming, the PGA TOUR isn't going to want to drag this out. The weather will go from not good, to poor, to bad to worse tomorrow, so the conditions they face at any given time will be the best they see. Depending on how bad the last hour or two are, the advantage could belong to the earliest wave of players.
That's all for now. Tomorrow is anyone's guess.....really the whole tournament has been that way.

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