At the end of play in the third round of the WGC Bridgestone the lead was shared by Sean O’Hair and Ryan Palmer who carded rounds of 64 and 63 respectively.
The two Americans were the only players on the course to finish with bogey free rounds on a day that saw many of the early leaders struggle to maintain form.
The third day saw a lot of movement on the scoreboard and briefly there were seven players all joint leaders but Palmer birdied the last three holes to draw away from the crowd. However the final day looks set to be a big one with the top 21 players only separated by five shots.
Tiger Woods continued his poor run of form and is now certain to have his worst tournament ever at the Firestone course at which he was once so dominant. He finished the day with a 75 which leaves him 78th out of just 80 players and 20 shots off the lead.
Woods was once again reluctant to talk to any media as he left the course and walks away knowing that he could still potentially lose his world number one status. However Phil Mickelson is struggling to find his early tournament form and stumbled around for a finishing score of 71 which leaves him four shots off the lead. The American would need to finish fourth or better to become the world number one.
“I didn’t play very well today and made some bogeys on the back nine that were costly,” Mickelson said. “The good news is I’m only four back, and that’s in striking distance. I also get to play well ahead of the leaders, so if I can get off to a hot start, I can put some pressure on the guys.”
The round of the day can be awarded to Katsumasa Miyamoto of Japan who carded an impressive round of 62 which catapults him up the leader board into joint 10th which he shares with Masters Champion Mickelson.