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Playing out of the penultimate twosome and making his tournament debut, non-member and sponsor invite Justin Suh sleepwalked to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Corales Championship, dropping five spots to T7 on 11-under 205, six shy of leader Adam Long (64).
The World No. 885 is chasing his first top 20 on TOUR in his 14th career TOUR event (12 pro). His best among two prior cuts made is T21 at last season's opposite-field Barracuda. The 23-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, registering a commercial 1.917 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. All of his scoring came on par 5s, conjuring two birdie-4s at holes 4 and 12, and eating a bogey-6 at 7. The Southern Cal alum will play out of the fifth-to-last twosome in R4 with fellow first-timer Luke List.
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Playing out of the penultimate twosome and making his tournament debut, World No. 146 Luke List stumbled to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Corales Championship, falling five spots to T7 on 11-under 205, six short of leader Adam Long (64).
The 35-year-old is still vying for his first TOUR win in his 168th career event. His best among four top-3 finishes is a pair of runners-up, most recently a P2 at the 2018 Honda Classic as the 54-hole leader by one, losing in a two-man one-hole playoff to Justin Thomas. The Vanderbilt alum found 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, recording a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR and needing 32 total putts. He scribbled down four birdies at holes 3, 7, 13 and 18, taking the luster off with three bogeys at 5, 8 and 12, the latter two by way of 3-jacks. The Seattle native, who will play out of the fifth-to-last twosome in the finale, also 3-jacked the par-5 fourth for par.
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First-round quad-leader and World No. 535 Tyler McCumber signed for a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Corales Championship to post 11-under 205, up two places to T7, six in arrears of leader Adam Long (64).
This is the 29-year-old's second Corales after a still-career-best T19 here in his TOUR debut in 2018 as an open-qualifier. After opening with 65, he's hanging in there with chasing rounds of 71-69. The Florida alum landed 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, carding five birdies at holes 2, 4, 7, 10 and 11, to offset two bogey-5s at 1 and 13, the latter completing his scoring. He'll play out of the fourth-to-last twosome in R4 with Anirban Lahiri.
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Playing out of the final twosome, World No. 778 Sean O'Hair backed up with a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the Corales Championship, down three places to T5 on 12-under 204, five adrift of leader Adam Long (64).
Making his tournament debut, the 38-year-old had opened with a pair of 67s to sit T2, but slipped back after playing his final six holes today in birdie-less 2-over. On 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he squared three bogeys at holes 9 (3-putt), 13 and 14, slightly outpaced by three birdies at 3, 4 and 12, and an eagle-3 at 7. The Texan, who's playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, posted a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR with 30 total putts, and will play out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday with Nate Lashley. He's chasing his fifth TOUR win in 368 events, first since the 2011 RBC Canadian Open 190 starts and over nine years ago, where he came from three back (T5) with 2-under 68 before outlasting Kris Blanks in sudden death.
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Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, World No. 141 Xinjun Zhang bobbed and weaved to a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Corales Championship for a 54-hole total of 13-under 203, up one place to solo 4th, four back of leader Adam Long (64).
The China native is looking for his first TOUR win in 58 events. His best among four top 10s is T4 at the 2020 Houston Open, and his only other top-5 finish was T5 here in 2018 during his rookie campaign. After kicking off with 66-69, the 33-year-old began T5, three adrift of leader Hudson Swafford, and hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He carded seven birdies at holes 4, 6 (fringe-shot), 7, 9 and 11-13, taking some gloss off with three bogey-5s at 5, 8 and 18. Zhang, who will play out of the penultimate twosome in R4, registered 1.636 putts per GIR with 24 total putts.
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Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, World No. 54 Mackenzie Hughes tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Corales Championship to post 14-under 202, up two spots to solo 3rd, three shy of leader and playing competitor Adam Long, who carded a day- and week-tying-low 64.
The Kent State alum is eyeing his second TOUR title in 112 events, first since the 2017 RSM Classic 103 starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader by one and shot 1-under 69 before prevailing in a 5-man playoff. He'll play out of the penultimate twosome in the finale with Xinjun Zhang. After opening with 68-67, the 29-year-old began T5, three back of leader Hudson Swafford, and hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 1,but then played his final 17 in 6-under, circling 3, 4, 7 and a hat-trick at 15-17. The Canadian, who was co-runner-up here in 2019, registered 1.727 putts per GIR with 25 total putts, aided by two birdie hole-outs from around the green at 15 and 17.
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First-round quad-leader and second-round leader Hudson Swafford pieced together a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of the Corales Championship for a three-day total of 15-under 201, down one place to solo 2nd, two adrift of leader Adam Long, who fired a day- and week-tying-low 64.
Playing out of the final twosome, the World No. 345 was 3-under through his first eight holes and still leading the tournament, before stalling out with 10 consecutive pars. In all, he offset one bogey-4 at hole 2 with two circles at 4 and 8, and an eagle-3 at 7, on 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. The 33-year-old is chasing his second TOUR victory in 169 events, first since the 3-course CareerBuilder in 2017, where he came from two back (T3) wtih 5-under 67 to win by one over runner-up Adam Hadwin. He'll play out of the final twosome on Sunday with Long, whose lone TOUR win in 2019 came at the same event as Swaffords did.
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Playing out of the third-to-last twosome and making his tournament debut, World No. 69 Adam Long hung up a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Corales Championship for a 54-hole tally of 17-under 199, up four places on the day and good for a two-shot lead over Hudson Swafford (69), who was the overnight leader by two.
This is the Duke alum's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 55 events. In fact, it's his first lead/co-lead after Rounds 1, 2 or 3 in 173 total rounds played. The only other time he led after any round, was after the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic 49 starts ago, his lone TOUR win to date. At the Desert Classic (now AmEx), he came from three back (3rd) with 7-under 65 to win by one over Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the 33-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday (Sep. 25th), rang up eight birdies after recording nine in yesterday's second round. He put circles around holes 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 12-14, posting 1.500 putts per GIR with 25 total putts. Long's 64 matches the low round of the day and week with two others.
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