WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – With one round to go at The Greenbrier Classic, the chase for the trophy remains wide open. Here’s how things look after three days on the Old White TPC, where four players share the lead:
Leaderboard: Jason Bohn (-11), Sean O’Hair (-11), S.J. Park (-11), Bryce Molder (-11), Justin Thomas (-10), Danny Lee (-10), David Hearn (-10), Chad Collins (-10)
What it means: Bohn set the early pace with a blistering 61, then sat back and watched the rest of the field fail to pass him. With the overnight leaders faltering, several players moved into striking distance with a breakthrough victory – and spots in the Open Championship – up for grabs.
Round of the day: Bohn needed to birdie the final hole of his second round just to make the cut, but he made a big move with 10 birdies en route to a 9-under 61. The score included five birdies on either side and was the lowest of his PGA Tour career (he shot a 58 on the Canadian Tour). The veteran is in search of his first win since 2010.
Best of the rest: David Lingmerth got plenty of air time playing the first 36 holes alongside Tiger Woods, but the Swede had a few highlights of his own during a third-round 64. Lingmerth had four birdies and an eagle to get to 9 under and within two shots as he looks to win for the second time in his last three starts.
Biggest disappointment: Overnight co-leaders Jhonattan Vegas and Scott Langley were unable to handle the spotlight of Saturday’s final pairing. With plenty of low scores being shot, the duo combined for a single birdie as Langley shot a 4-over 74 and Vegas plummeted with a 6-over 76, the worst score of the day from the 78-man field.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Hold onto your hats. With 31 players within four shots of the lead on a course that tends to yield birdies in bunches, the outcome remains unpredictable. Two players to keep an eye on will be O’Hair, who has four wins and lost in a playoff at the Valspar Championship earlier this year, and Thomas, a rookie in position for his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
Shot of the day: Lingmerth found himself in a tricky position on the par-5 12th, short-sided in a greenside bunker, but he pulled off an unexpected eagle when his 25-yard bunker shot hit the pin and dropped.
Quote of the day: “I feel like I’m really close to putting it together.” – Woods, who fell back with a 1-over 71 and will begin the final round seven shots back.