PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Russell HenleyHe made a 25-foot birdie on his first hole. He never stopped until Saturday, when he shot a 6-under 65.
Henley is now at least part of the 54-hole lead for the sixth time. He has only converted one of his victories into a victory, in Hawaiis rookie start in 2013, but he has never had a lead this big.
Henley was 22-under 191, breaking his 52-hole career record by just one shot. He shot a 192 in Januarys Sony Open, but lost in a playoff. Hideki Yamayama.
Henleys feat of going bogey-free was equally impressive, as he is the only player on the field to have not dropped a shot at El Camaleon.
Henley was certainly able to take advantage of his opportunities. Henley hit his tee shot into a hazard on the 428 yard second hole and took a penalty fall. Then he hit his approach to 4 feet to save Par.
Henley will be seeking his fourth career win, and his first since the 2017 Houston Open.
This round was more stressful than the first two, but it felt more satisfying due to the key putts he made that saved Par and kept the momentum in his favor.
He started with a three-shot lead, and no one gained any ground.
Sam RyderHe was three back. Henleys long birdie put him six behind after he made a double bogey. To stay in the game, Gordon made three consecutive birdies on the back nine.
Henley stated that The score was good but it just felt harder. It was my favorite because it wasnt easy.
Seamus PowerAfter a win in Bermuda, Ireland had a round of 63 and was seven shots behind. His round featured a hole -in-one at the eighth hole. He didn’t even get the stage.
Greyson SiggSigg didnt realize that he had made an ace at the par-3 10th green. He hit 7 iron, hit it well, knew that it was a great shot, and rushed to the clubhouse nearby the tee.
Sigg stated, We couldn’t see it go into, no one really made any reactions. So I gave my club to my caddie, and I took off. I went into the locker room, went the bathroom, then walked out when one of the locker-room attendants said, Great shot. Hole-in-one. I was like, No way.
It was his first hole -in-one on PGA Tour, and he didn’t even get it out the cup.
Two-time defending champion Viktor HovlandHad a 66, but lost ground. He is now nine shots behind. Masters champion Scottie SchefflerHad a 68, and was in the middle pack, 13 shots back and without much hope of regaining the No. 1 ranking.
Two-time major champion Collin MorikawaHe had a 68 and then sound offended in his interview with Golf Channel when he was told that TV analyst Trevor ImmelmanHis off-year might feel like that because of the high bar for college success.
Wow, thats difficult to hear from him. Morikawa said, I could care less about what he says there.
Morikawa was not buying it when he was told that it was meant to be a compliment after winning so much so often.
I dont know whether that was a compliment. Ill be truthful. He said that if he did, it might have come off as wrong from what he heard. I have never seen a ceiling. I just want to keep improving. Although we made some mistakes this past year, we are trying to get better each day and improve on the little things.