American Rickie Fowler continued to dominate the course at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, firing a Saturday 65 to open up a 4-stroke lead at the Honda Classic.
In his career, Fowler is a staggering 0-for-8 when he’s either been in the lead or within a stroke of the lead entering the final round. If he blows this one, he’ll be certifiable.
“I know I have the lead, and it’s nice to go out in front,” Fowler said. “But you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.”
Fowler improved on his opening two rounds of 66 with a 5-under 65 to reach 13-under. His closest competitor is England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who was 4-under for the day and is 9-under for the tournament.
Fowler had a bogey-free round on a day where three other men in the top 10 matched him at 5-under, and American Brandon Hagy nailed a 6-under 64 to climb 47 spots into a tie for eight.
Hatton could have been double-digits under par after a string of three of birdies on 12-14, but he bogeyed 18.
Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair, Garry Woodland, Martin Kaymer, and Wesley Bryan are tied for third at 7-under.