Sunday, December 17, 2017
Golf

Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia share Honda Classic lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS — One bad swing by Adam Scott led to two balls in the water on the same hole Saturday in the Honda Classic. Even with a quadruple bogey, he was satisfied with 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia.

A breezy afternoon ended at PGA National with co-leaders whose fortunes changed mightily in the final hour.

Scott was looking better than ever, 7 under through 14 holes and only once having to save par. He was three shots ahead going to the tee on the par-3 15th. About 20 minutes later, he was one shot behind Garcia. "Pretty costly," Scott said. "But fortunately, I had a couple shots to spare. Hopefully, it won't cost me too big in the grand scheme of things."

Garcia lost the lead with a bogey on the 17 and caught Scott with a short birdie on the 18 for 67. They were at 9-under 201.

"Obviously, if he shoots 61 the way the course was playing, the only thing you can do is just say — I want to say it in Spanish, but you'll have to beep it," Garcia said with a laugh. "I was just trying to make sure to stay with him again, still have a shot at (today)."

Blayne Barber (69) was four shots behind.

Rickie Fowler had a one-shot lead going into the round after becoming the first player at the Honda Classic to go bogey-free through the first 36 holes. But on Saturday he couldn't make a birdie. He bogeyed the easiest hole, the par-5 third, and wound up with 74 to fall five shots behind.

Nothing went right for Jimmy Walker, who entered the day one shot back. Playing alongside Fowler, he was introduced on the first tee as "Jimmy Fowler." Walker had the lead with a birdie on No. 3 but didn't make another until the 18th, and that was to break 80. He's 11 back.

Bohn: heart attack not minor: Jason Bohn said the heart attack he had after the second round of the Honda Classic was more serious than initially reported. Bohn, 42, told NBC in a text message he had a stent inserted Saturday for 99 percent blockage of a major artery.

LPGA: Lexi Thompson shot 8-under 64 in the third round of the LPGA Thailand for a four-stroke lead over In Gee Chun (66) at 16-under 200 in Chonburi. Second-round leader Amy Yang (70) was 11 under.

Report: Augusta National upgrading: Augusta National, home of the Masters, is in the midst of a $27 million deal with neighboring Augusta Country Club to purchase land that is behind Augusta National's 12th green and 13th tee, Golfweek reported. That land is the site of Augusta Country Club's ninth hole, a 388-yard par 4. A course designer would reroute at Augusta Country Club with a new ninth hole, Golfweek said. Then Augusta National could move the tee on the 510-yard par-5 13th back while also getting some infrastructure and more privacy.

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