Poulter, Casey tied for lead heading into Monday


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – There wasn’t enough daylight to complete the Honda Classic on Sunday, but a potential shootout is shaping up. Here’s how the standings look heading into Monday’s conclusion, as a pair of Englishmen share the lead:

Leaderboard: Paul Casey (-7 through 9), Ian Poulter (-7 through 7), Patrick Reed (-6 through 7) Phil Mickelson (-4 through 8), Daniel Berger (-4 through 11), Jeff Overton (-4 through 10), Brendan Steele (-4 through 8), Russell Knox (-4 through 8)

What it means: Poulter began the final round with a three-shot lead, but that advantage evaporated when he found water on Nos. 5 and 6. While Reed briefly took the lead, the day ended with Poulter and Casey tied and the American alone in third.

Round of the day: Casey started the final round six shots back, but he played nine holes in 4 under to grab a share of the lead. He looks to win one week after losing in a playoff at Riviera.

Best of the rest: Berger ended his evening with a chip-in at No. 11 to move to 4 under overall and played 11 holes of his final round in 4 under. The PGA Tour rookie, who grew up in nearby Jupiter, has worked his way back onto the fringe of contention.

Biggest disappointment: Padraig Harrington held the 36-hole lead, but after a 1-over 71 in the third round, the Irishman was 3 over for seven holes in the final round, dropping him four shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Monday: Play will resume at 8 a.m. ET, with the leaders still finishing the front nine. While the tournament appeared to be Poulter’s to lose for much of the day, a number of players will return to the Champion Course with a realistic chance to win, including Casey, whose lone PGA Tour win came in 2009.