PALM BEACH GARDENS — Luke Donald made quadruple bogey last week. Mark Calcavecchia whiffed on a chip Saturday.
Bad mistakes? Absolutely.
But to win at PGA National, one must overcome blunders, which Donald and Calcavecchia have done with ease.
Donald shot 4-under 66 on Saturday, Calcavecchia finished with 67, and the two former Honda Classic champions wound up tied with Matt Jones (71) atop the leaderboard at PGA National. All three were at 6 under, one shot better than Brian Davis (73) and Jose Coceres (68).
"There's a lot of danger out there," Donald said. "There's some very daunting shots, a lot of scary shots with a lot of water around. So you have to really stand up there and hit good, solid shots."
He has hit plenty of those.
A bogey-free 64 on Thursday started him on his way, but the quadruple — 8 on the 14th hole Friday — knocked him well off the pace. He has been flawless from there, with five birdies and no bogeys in the 22 holes since.
Ben Crane (71), Dudley Hart (72) and Cliff Kresge (66) were two back, Ernie Els and Robert Allenby were in a group of five sitting three shots off the lead, and in all, 25 players were within five strokes of first place.
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa had five birdies for 3-under 69 to extend her lead in the HSBC Women's Champions to eight strokes going into the final round in Singapore.
Ochoa is 16 under and leads Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam, with Karrie Webb a stroke further back.
Creamer shot 2-under 70 to finish 8 under along with Sorenstam, who made five birdies but conceded bogey and double bogey.
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 7-over 74 with seven bogeys and no birdies and is 27 strokes back.