Saturday, March 3, 2012

Scores Turn Around and the Wind Will Follow

by Roz Roberts III

For the first two rounds of the Honda Classic, scores had been significantly lower than normal.  In fact, the course record was tied three times and then is was shattered by Brian Harmon (by three shots).  In response to the lower scores, the PGA picked some rather difficult pin placements for Saturday's third round.  Combine that with windier conditions and the scores on Saturday weren't nearly as low.

Michael Thompson managed to shoot a two over par 72 for the third round which dropped him 10 spots into a a tie for 52nd.  He carded two birdies. two bogeys and a double bogey.  He played the Bear Trap (holes 15 through 17) with three solid pars and has played those three holes at even par for the tournament.

Bad weather is expected to drastically change the way the PGA National Championship course plays for the final round.  The wind has changed directions from the previous three rounds by 180 degrees and gusts up to 30mph are forecast.  In addition to the wind, thunderstorms are also expected starting around noon ET.

Tee Times
In effort to make sure the tournament will be able to finish on Sunday, the PGA has moved up all of the tee times for the fourth round by combining groups into threesomes and starting from both the first and tenth tees simultaneously.

Michael will tee off from the tenth hole at 9:20am with Jason Bohn and William McGirt.

Television Coverage
The fourth round television coverage will be similar to today's with both the Golf Channel and NBC carrying feeds.  Due to the earlier than projected start times, the NBC coverage might be tape delayed.  The Golf Channel will carry traditional coverage for a couple of hours before they switch to their "Bear Trap" coverage from 3p ET - 6p ET.

Sun, 3/4
NBC 3p - 6p ET
GOLF 1p-6p ET

 Online Scoring Links

Michael Thompson's Scorecard
Michael Thompson on Shottracker
Michael Thompson's Group on Shottracker

Play was suspended at 9:39am due to bad weather but is scheduled to restart at 11:30am

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