Rookie leads in Georgia
PGA Tour rookie Michael Thompson moved into a one-shot lead after Saturday's third round of the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.
Last Updated: 16/10/11 12:14am
PGA Tour rookie Michael Thompson moved into a one-shot clead after Saturday's third round of the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.
Thompson carded a three-under-par round 67 on another blustery day to overhaul second-round pacesetter Billy Horschel and post a 13-under total of 197.
American Horschel, a stroke in front of Thompson with three holes to play, doubled-bogeyed the 16th after dumping his tee shot into water on the way to a 70 as he ended the day in second place at 12 under.
Thompson has played 23 events on his maiden season on Tour but has made just one top ten finish so far, but now stands a chance of making a huge breakthrough with a victory in sight.
"I've just got to try to hit solid golf shots tomorrow," said 26-year-old Thompson who could have held a two-shot lead after just missing a birdie putt on his final round.
"I was kind of struggling coming down the stretch there but tomorrow is a new day and I'm going to enjoy it."
Webb Simpson shot a one-under 69 and is tied for third heading into the final round at St Simons Island.
Simpson, who is looking for a tour-leading third win this year, is vying with Luke Donald for the PGA Tour money title with both confirming they will play next week at Disney.
"My caddie and I had a tough time reading the greens," Simpson said. "I gave myself plenty of opportunities but the greens, as we get late into the week, are getting tough to putt.
"The goal for today was just to give ourselves a chance to win tomorrow. We hung in there and stayed in the golf tournament. That's all you can ask."
Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman produced some sparkling golf as he shot a brilliant 62 to equal the course record and finish tied with Simpson on 11 under.
"That's always going to help your round," said the South African. "I played real well today, drove the ball well, hit some nice iron shots and made some putts. It really was a fun day."