Here is a recap of Saturday’s third round of the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge:
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LEADING: Kevin Kisner bogeyed his final hole, but otherwise it was a stellar 68. That put Kisner 11 under. He was actually four shots ahead on the final hole, but that bogey combined with a late Charley Hoffman charge relegated him to a share of the lead. Hoffman, the 36-hole leader, started bogey-bogey and was still two over on his round after back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15. But then an incredible finish. Birdie at 16. Birdie at 17. And birdie at 18, thanks to a 71-foot putt from the front fringe. A 71-footer to cap off a 71. What a way to close out a round! Hoffman is of course 11 under, as he shares the lead. He’ll be looking for PGA Tour win No. 5 on Sunday. Kisner will go into the final round looking for his second career PGA Tour title.
CHASING: The leaderboard is spread out after these two. Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Marc Leishman are tied for third at 8 under. Adam Hadwin and Lucas Glover are T-6 at 7 under.
SHOT OF THE DAY: There are no questions here. Hoffman’s closing birdie strike is far and away the best shot seen on Saturday.
QUOTABLE: “It’s sort of a score I was waiting on. I felt like it was in there, it was just a matter of trying to put it all together, and today I did.” – Rory McIlroy, on his third-round 65
CHIP SHOTS: So yeah, McIlroy and Rickie Fowler BOTH shot 65 on Saturday to move from well down the leaderboard into contention. McIlroy is 6 under and T-8, while Fowler is 5 under and T-11. Those were both the round of the day, FYI. … Emiliano Grillo made a quadruple bogey at the par-5 sixth, and added a spirited club toss in the water there. He was already 6 over in his round at that point, and he’d end that way with a 78. Grillo, the 18-hole leader and solo second and one back through 36, is now T-19 and eight back. … Graeme McDowell, one of five co-hosts this week, has not had an over-par round as he sits T-24 at 2 under. … Defending champion Jason Day struggled to a 75 and is T-39 at Even.
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