Pacific Palisades, CA – Matt Kuchar still hold on to the lead after 48 holes of golf, but not without letting two other players be tied for the lead.
The Sunday final group all at -10 under-par will be ready for battle royal with Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott and Kuchar.
The back nine today was not kind to Kuchar who dropped three boogies on two par 4’s and last one on par 3 16th hole. Good for him that he still managed to capture for birdies during this round.
” I absolutely love the course. I think it gets rave reviews across the board by everybody,” said Kuchar, ” Anytime you get greens firm, it is hard to get them close to the hole, a golf course just plays that much harder. “
Rory Mcllroy made a big push to share the 48 hole lead making four birdies with only one boogy for a round of 68.
” I felt like I hit it well, I hit it well all day, especially at the start of the round, but I felt like every time I hit a decent shot I left myself on the wrong side of the hole,” said Mcllroy, ” I think you just have to worry about yourself, concentrate on what you’re doing, do it well, set yourself a target, don’t think about anyone else…”
He knows he has to concentrate on his game and not his opponents on Sunday.
The second to the last group will be looking to jump in clubhouse with a good number trying to steal the trophy. Harold Varner III and Russell Henley are both only 1 shot off the leaders with a little less pressure hole to hole.
Varner normally slows down on the weekend but Saturday making six birdies was strong that has Sunday being a very important round of golf for him.
This week with the great weather the course has played fast for the players in the fairways and on the greens.
The tournament host Tiger Woods had a rough Saturday being up and down on his score card to almost just play himself out of contention.
Tiger will tee off being 15 shots off the lead so almost mathematically out of contention.
” Well, that was a lot of shots. I hit the ball quite a few times, especially on the greens, and it was a long day, said Woods ” That’s the way golf is, put it in the past and try to learn from what I did right and wrong. Obviously there wasn’t a whole lot I did right today, and figure it out for tomorrow.”
Get ready for a great Sunday at the RIV! Leaders will tee off at 10:45am on the first tee.