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With preferred lies in effect and making his tournament debut, World No. 263 Doug Ghim fired a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 54-hole total of 7-under 209, vaulting 31 places to T7, four shy of leader Lee Westwood, who also carded a 65.
The 24-year-old owns 12 top 25s in 40 career events with one top 10, a T5 at The American Express four starts ago, where he was T8 after 54 holes (67-68-69-69). He arrived 8-for-11 on the season with six top 25s, and off a missed cut by one at the Genesis two weeks ago on 1-over 142 (71-73). After opening with 71-73, the Chicagoland native began T38 on even-par, five short of the overnight top 10 and nine adrift of leader Corey Conners (71). On 12 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, he gained 0.570 strokes off-the-tee, 1.758 approaching and 0.324 around-the-green. The Texas alum squared a lone, walk-off bogey-5 at 18 (failed sand save), smothered by eight birdies at 4, 6, 7, 12, 13 and a hat-trick at 15-17. He posted a tidy 1.400 putts per GIR and 3.224 SG: Putting, converting three scoring tries from between 10 and 20 feet, and also saving par three times from between six and nine feet. The Las Vegas resident will play out of the fourth-to-last twosome on Sunday with non-member and sponsor invite Jazz Janewattananond.
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Playing out of the penultimate twosome and with preferred lies in effect, past champ and 18-hole co-leader Rory McIlroy sleepwalked to an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, falling four places to T7 on 7-under 209, four in arrears of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood (65).
When the Ulsterman won here in 2018, he came from two back (solo 3rd) with a week-tying-low 8-under 64 to win by three over Bryson DeChambeau. He'll play out of the fifth-to-last twosome in R4 with Richy Werenski, vying for his 19th TOUR win in 192 events, first since last season's WGC-HSBC 22 starts ago as the 54-hole leader by one. On nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, the South Florida resident gained 1.698 strokes off-the-tee and 0.635 around-the-green, but posted a dismal -2.446 SG: Approach. He conjured two birdie-4s at holes 6 and 16 (missed eagle from 12'2"), cancelled by two bogey-5s at 11 and 18 (missed par-saver from 4'10"). The World No. 8, a pre-tourney 8/1 fave outright, recorded a forgettable 1.889 putts per GIR and -1.011 SG: Putting with 27 total putts, but did grind out four par-savers from between six and 11 feet. At 54 holes, he ranks 8th in SG: Off-the-Tee (2.735) and 10th in SG: Putting (4.406), but 60th in SG: Around (-0.902).
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Playing out of the ninth-to-last twosome and with preferred lies in effect, World No. 21 Tommy Fleetwood crafted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach 8-under 208, up five places to solo 6th, three adrift of 54-hole leader and countryman Lee Westwood (65).
The Englishman will play out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday with first-timer Jordan Spieth. This is his fifth consecutive API, missing last year's cut by five on 8-over 152 (76-76), but preceded that with a couple of top 10s, including a T3 in 2019 as a 36-hole co-leader (69-66-76-68). The 21-year-old owns six career podiums on TOUR in 76 prior events, including runner-up four times (one team), most recently the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, where he was solo 2nd after 54 holes (68-67-66-74). After kicking off with 70-70, he began T11 on 4-under, one short of the overnight top 10, and hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. Fleetwood lost 0.700 strokes approaching but gained 1.323 off-the-tee and 0.837 around-the-green. He camouflaged a lone bogey-5 at 15 with three birdies and an eagle-3 at 16 (fringe-shot from 15'7"), posting 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.416 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. Fleetwood's birdie split featured three from between 18 and 33 feet, saved par two times (conventionally) from between six and nine feet, and also saved par from just off-the-green at the par-3 second from 15'1" away.
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Playing out of the fifth-to-last twosome and with preferred lies in effect, first-timer and World No. 62 Jordan Spieth raced out with a birdie-ace (video link below) start but played his final six holes in 2-over-par, eventually signing for a 4-under 32-36=68 after the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The 27-year-old, looking to become the first debutant to win the API at Bay Hill since Robert Gamez in 1990, had a dream beginning and a ho-hum ending, playing his final 14 holes as a solo after playing competitor Justin Rose withdrew due to injury. On six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he gained 2.392 strokes approaching and 0.708 around-the-green, but lost a whopping 1.747 off-the-tee. The Texan was bogey-free 6-under thru 13 holes, highlighted by the ace at the 222-yard par-3 second (5-iron) and also penciling four birdies at 1, 7, 10 (hole-out from a greenside bunker 71'3" away) and 12, but fizzled out with bogey-4s at 14 (3-putt from 35'0") and 17 (missed par-saver from 6'0"). He posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.523 SG: Putting with 27 total putts, converting two conventional birdie chances from between 19 and 37 feet, and also saved par at three from 31'6" after a tee ball in the water. Spieth is eyeing his 12th TOUR title in 201 events, first since the 2017 Open Championship (Royal Birkdale) 80 starts ago as the 54-hole leader by three. He'll play out of the third-to-last twosome in R4 with England's Tommy Fleetwood, beginning two back of 54-hole leader and Englishman Lee Westwood on 9-under 207 (70-69-68).
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Playing out of the 15th-to-last twosome and with preferred lies in effect, World No. 152 Keegan Bradley hung up a bogey-free, week-low 8-under-par 31-33=64 on Moving Day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, vaulting 22 spots to T4 on 9-under 207, two back of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood (65).
The 34-year-old's 64 is his best at Bay Hill in 37 laps, brushing aside a pair or prior-best 66s, both on Moving Day also. His most recent came at the 2014 edition, which jumped him from T5 to T2, before finishing runner-up, one short of champion Matt Every after an even-par 72. The South Florida resident is chasing his fifth TOUR win in 268 events, first since the 2018 BMW Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs 59 starts ago, where he came from three back (6th) with 6-under 64 before prevailing in a two-man playoff over 54-hole leader Justin Rose (67). On nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he posted 0.721 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.340 SG: Approach, 2.832 SG: Around, and 5.892 SG: Tee-to-Green. The St. Johns alum ticked six birdies at holes 3 (from 18'6"), 4, 8, 13 (fringe-shot from 14'9"), 16 and 18 (hole-out from 32'0" away using the flat stick), adding an eagle-3 at 6 from 13'4". He recorded 1.583 putts per GIR and 0.983 SG: Putting with just 23 total putts. He'll play out of the penultimate twosome in the finale with 18-hole co-leader and 36-hole leader Corey Conners.
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Playing out of the final twosome and with preferred lies in effect, overnight leader and World No. 60 Corey Conners pieced together a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, dipping one place into a two-way T2 on 10-under 206, one adrift of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood, who fired a 65 out of the sixth-to-last twosome.
The 29-year-old, who was also an 18-hole co-leader, is eyeing his second TOUR title in 101 events, first since the 2019 Valero Texas Open 50 starts ago as an open-qualifier, where he came from one back (solo 2nd) with 6-under 66 to win by two over past champ Charley Hoffman. After kicking off with 66-69, the Canadian led by one over playing competitor Martin Laird (76) and landed 11 (of 14) fairways but just nine greens in regulation. He gained 1.081 strokes off-the-tee but lost 1.087 approaching and 0.666 around-the-green, posting a -0.673 SG: Tee-to-Green. The South Florida resident squared two bogeys at holes 3 and 7, slightly outpaced by three circles at 4 (from 11'6"), 6 and 12, each of those birdie-4s. He registered 1.778 putts per GIR and 0.548 SG: Putting with 26 total putts, saving par two times from between six and nine feet. The Kent State alum will play out of the penultimate twosome on Sunday with Keegan Bradley.
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With preferred lies in effect and playing out of the third-to-last twosome, World No. 11 Bryson DeChambeau banged his way to a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a three-day total of 10-under 206, up four spots into a two-way T2, one adrift of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood (65), who he'll be with in the final twosome on Sunday.
The 27-year-old, runner-up here in 2018 as a 36-hole co-leader, is vying for his eighth TOUR victory in 117 events, second of the season in seven starts, joining the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot GC, where he came from two back (2nd) with 3-under 67 to win by six. Of his seven prior TOUR titles, four have been in come-from-behind fashion, including his last two, and three have been when solo 2nd or T2. After opening with 67-71, the SMU product began solo 6th, three back of leader Corey Conners (71) and found seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. He lost 0.131 strokes around-the-green but gained 0.654 off-the-tee and 2.174 on approach. The California native squared two bogey-5s at holes 8 (forced layup) and 15 (mised par-saver from 5'7"), outflanked by six birdies at 1 (from 13'10"), 4, 6, 7, 12 and 16. He registered 1.667 putts per GIR and eked out a 0.179 SG: Putting with 27 total putts, buoyed by back-to-back, nine-foot par-savers at 2 and 3. Thru 54 holes, DeChambeau ranks No. 1 in SG: Off-the-Tee (5.832) and SG: Tee-to-Green (10.195), though 42nd in SG: Putting (0.512) and T30 in Scrambling at 66.67 percent.
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With preferred lies in effect and playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, World No. 39 and reigning Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood enjoyed a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 54-hole tally of 11-under 205, up 10 spots on the day and good for a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau (68) and overnight leader Corey Conners (71).
This is the 47-year-old's sixth 54-hole lead/co-lead in 245 career TOUR events, first since the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, where he led by two (72-68-70) before dipping to T3 after a 4-over 75. Overall, he's 1-for-5 from the three-quarter pole, converting his first chance --for his first TOUR title-- at the 1998 Freeport-McDermott Classic (now Zurich Classic), where he led by one and won by three (69-68-67-69). The former South Florida resident is chasing his third TOUR win, first since the 2010 St. Jude Classic 112 starts ago, where he came from three back (T4) with 2-under 68 before prevailing in a three-man playoff over Robert Garrigus and Robert Karlsson. This is his 14th API with one prior top 10, a back-door T5 in 2006 (68-71-72-67), while today's 65 is his best at Bay Hill in 49 rounds. After kicking off with 69-71, the Englishman began T11 on 4-under, one short of the overnight top 10 and five back of Conners. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he posted 0.959 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.535 SG: Approach, 1.415 SG: Around, and 4.908 SG: Tee-to-Green. Westwood squared three bogeys at holes 2, 11 (3-putt from 55'11") and 15 (3-putt from 44'2"), smothered by eight birdies at 1, 4, 6-8, 10, 13 and 18, and a hole-out eagle-3 at 16 from 32'5" away (using the flat stick). He recorded 1.467 putts per GIR and 0.967 SG: Putting with 26 total putts, converting four of his birdies from between 10 and 30 feet, two from greater than 28 feet.
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