Thanks to four birdies in a row (from 13 to 16), Patrick Rodgers returned a card of 64 (-6) in the third round of the RSM Classic to share the lead at -14 with Ben Martin and give himself a chance to win his first PGA TOUR title.
Martin was on the verge of matching that score until his bogey of 18 for a 65 which puts the two men ahead of a well-stocked group of chasers as no less than ten players are two shots away or less. A group comprising Sahith Theegala (68), Brian Harman (64) and Harry Higgs, leader at the start of the day and still in the game despite a lap in par.
Martin Trainer in 32nd place
Former world No. 1 amateur in his last year of university at Stanford (2014), Rodgers is in his 226th start on the PGA Tour and is still looking for his first victory. “I feel like I had a very short offseason with my coach, Jeff Smith.he said. We really have a good plan in place. I feel more comfortable. But it’s a tough game, and it’s always nice to see that hard work pays off. »
Eight of the top ranked players have yet to win on the PGA Tour, while Ben Martin’s only victory on the American Tour dates back eight years, in Las Vegas.
In 32nd place, points the Franco-American Martin Trainer (-8) who chained a second card of 67 thanks to eight birdies but five bogeys.