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The Roundup

The Roundup: Sneds held up

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Recap of the day

 

Early starters: After being left behind following rounds of 69-68, Hideki Matsuyama surged through the field, leaping over 40 spots with a 64 to hit 9-under 201 although a walk-off bogey left a sour taste. He would end a truncated day seven off the pace and in a tie for 22nd. European duo Matthew Fitzpatrick and Rafa Cabrera Bello both signed for 65s to end at 8-under. Jamie Lovemark (64), Rory Sabbatini (64) and Martin Laird (65) improved the clubhouse target to 10-under before Michael Thompson pelted all 18 greens in a 63 to advance it to 11-under.

 

Afternoon: A dangerous weather situation threw a spanner in the works with leader Brandt Snedeker managing just seven holes before play was halted. At least in that time he’d drained a 60-foot bomb at No. 2 and added another birdie at No. 5 to extend his lead to three shots over Brian Gay, who had climbed 13 spots up the board to solo second after an outward 30 and another gain at 12 to advance his overnight score from -7 to -13. Initial hopes of a resumption at 5:15 local were thwarted and the players sent back to the clubhouse. There they stayed as play was suspended for the day shortly before 7pm. Round three will resume at 8am Sunday morning, with 30 players still to complete.

 

Leaderboard: -16 Brandt Snedeker (7), -13 Brian Gay (12), -12 Trey Mullinax (12), Keith Mitchell (8), C.T. Pan (7), D.A. Points (6).

 

Notables: -11 Sergio Garcia (9), -10 Webb Simpson (F), -9 Hideki Matsuyama (F), -6 Henrik Stenson (14), -3 Graeme McDowell (F).

 

Low round of the day: 63 Michael Thompson. Five birdies, one eagle and the rest pars.

 

Revised betting: 4/6 Brandt Snedeker, 7/1 Brian Gay, C.T. Pan, Sergio Garcia, 14/1 Keith Mitchell, 20/1 Ryan Moore.

 

 

Sunday weather forecast

 

More thunderstorms are in the forecast again, the activity due to hit at 1pm and 3pm. Temperatures peak at 86 degrees at 2pm while winds are minimal.

 

 

Fate of the favourites

 

Webb Simpson (66, 200) – Four-under after 8 today so disappointing that he couldn’t make any further headway, closing with one bogey, one birdie and eight pars over his last ten holes. Hasn’t quite put all the parts together this week.

 

Hideki Matsuyama (64, 201) – Much better. A 28ft eagle conversion and five birdies, all from inside nine feet, in his first 17 holes before a frustrating walk-off bogey. Hit 16 greens.

 

 

Road to victory at Sedgefield

 

2017 Henrik Stenson – R1: 2nd, R2: 3rd, R3: 1st

2016 Si Woo Kim – R1: 41st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st

2015 Davis Love III – R1: 7th, R2: 3rd, R3: 10th

2014 Camilo Villegas – R1: 1st, R2: 7th, R3: 8th

2013 Patrick Reed – R1: 3rd, R2: 1st, R3: 1st

 

Notes: Although Henrik Stenson and Si Woo Kim held the lead, there’s hope for the chasing pack when going back a couple of years further. Davis Love was T10 going into Sunday while Camilo Villegas was T8. Both were exactly four off the lead so in touch although, to get the ‘W’, Villegas had to shoot 63 and Love 64. The only player to come from more than four back at Sedgefield was Jason Bohn, who shot 62 to surge through the field from seven adrift.

 

 

Fate of the 54-hole leaders at Sedgefield – where did they finish?

 

2017 Henrik Stenson – 1st

2016 Si Woo Kim – 1st

2015 Jason Gore – 2nd

2014 Nick Watney – 5th

2013 Patrick Reed – 1st, John Huh – 3rd

 

Notes: Sitting top of the leaderboard after 54 holes is a good place to be at Sedgefield. The last two winners converted third-round leads while, in six of the last eight years, the trophy has been lifted by a player who went into day four in front.

 

 

Focus on – The Bubble Boys

 

Martin Piller, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Chad Campbell and Robert Garrigus went into this week ranked 124th, 125th, 126th and 127th in the FedExCup rankings. The quartet needed something positive to make the 125 headed for the play-offs. All four missed the cut. The door has been flung open so who will walk through it? Right now, the projected standings show that Harris English has forced his way into position 125 although it’s on a knife-edge. He’s T11 at the turn and has a big 27 holes coming up. Sergio Garcia has never missed the play-offs since they began in 2007 but needs a 20th or better this week to keep his streak alive after starting the week in 131st. It’s so far, so good for Sergio, who was T7 (-11 after 9) when play was suspended. He's projected to move up to 121st.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.