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The Roundup: Glover's Day

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Recap of the day


Winds were steady all day but that didn't stop these guys from taking it low on Moving Day. 

An early example came from Lucas Glover who fired a week-low 61 (10-under). He started his round with a bogey at the 10th but managed seven birdies and a pair of eagles from that point on. This matched his career-low round on TOUR (9-under 61 in R2 of the 2016 Wyndham Championship). Glover was actually the 54-hole leader in his last trip to TPC Summerlin, two years ago (finished solo third). 

Others making an early move included defending champ Patrick Cantlay (-8), rookie Anders Albertson (-6) Ryan Palmer (-6), and Chesson Hadley (-6). Nick Taylor also popped but he started further down the board. 

Also with an interesting early round was Joaquin Niemann who fired a 4-under 67 despite swallowing three bogeys and a double. He offset that with an eagle at the par-5 13th and an ace at the par-3 17th. It was the first hole-in-one of his young PGA TOUR career. VIDEO

The course got tougher as the day went on but Bryson DeChambeau still managed to hit all 14 fairways en route to a blemish-free 65. That vaulted him into the co-lead heading into the final day. 

Overnight leader Peter Uihlein used his around-the-green game to maintain a share of the lead (3-under 68 today). 


Leaderboard: -16 Peter Uihlein, Bryson DeChambeau -15 Lucas Glover -14 Patrick Cantlay, Robert Streb


Notables: -13 Cameron Champ -9 Rickie Fowler -8 Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth -7 Tony Finau -6 Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, -5 Ryan Moore


Revised outright betting: 5/2 Bryson DeChambeau, 5/1 Peter Uihlein, 7/1 Patrick Cantlay, 10/1 Lucas Glover, Cameron Champ




Sunday weather forecast


Partly sunny with a high near 78 degrees. Winds at 6-to-12 MPH. 

We saw golfers deal with much higher winds today so even a switch from North to SE winds shouldn't bother these guys during the final round. 



Leaders after 54 holes


Peter Uihlein (68, 197) – He's a winner on the European Tour and the Tour but still searching for his first PGA TOUR title. His short game looked extremely sharp today but he will need to tidy up the ball-striking on Sunday.  

Bryson DeChambeau
(68, 197)
– He piped all 14 fairways today and landed 16 greens. He missed four times from inside 12 feet, losing more than a stroke with the flat stick. B.A.D. has won two of his last four starts and three of his last 12 worldwide starts. 

Lucas Glover (61, 198) – Matched his career-low round today. He was the 54-hole leader here just two years ago. He slipped to solo third that week. Perhaps he can get the job done tomorrow as he plays the role of hunter instead of hunted. He gained 2.565 strokes putting today which is always the wildcard for Glover. 


Fate of the favorites


Tony Finau (69, 206) – Lost strokes on approach for the third straight day. Also lost more than a stroke putting R3. It's hard to make up ground with those stats. 


Rickie Fowler (68, 135) – Holed out for birdie from the greenside bunker at 2 but followed it up with a double bogey at 3. Was efficient from that point on before finding water at the par-5 sixth (bogey). Has room for improvement as he continues to shake off the rust and attempt to make a Sunday charge. Realistically he needs to flirt with or beat the course record if he wants to have a chance tomorrow. 


Jordan Spieth (68, 134) – Was slow out of the gate today. Missed putts from 6'3" and 3'5", throughout the day. He looked like a serious contender on day one but now he'll try to tune up his game before heading to Mayakoba next week. 



Lucas Glover (61, 198) – "Made a bunch of putts, obviously. Made a lot of those 10-to-20 footers. I hit a good putt on 10, I just misread it. Walked off saying I hit a good putt, not gonna let it bother us. Next thing you know, we're pouring it in from everywhere."

Patrick Cantlay (63, 199) – "I feel like it's a good course for me. I drive it pretty straight and hit driver a lot. Out here that leaves you with a lot of wedges." 


Road to victory at TPC Summerlin


2017 Patrick Cantlay – R1: 6th, R2: 8th, R3: 4th

2016 Rod Pampling – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 2nd

2015 Smylie Kaufman – R1: 26th, R2: 48th, R3: 28th

2014 Ben Martin – R1: 19th, R2: 5th, R3: 1st

2013 Webb Simpson – R1: 6th, R2: 1st, R3: 1st


Notes: Smylie came from seven off the pace in 2015 but four of the last five winners were all positioned at T4 or better after 54 holes. Kaufman needed a closing 10-under 61 to come from behind. It's certainly possible but with an easy scoring environment, the winner is likely right in front of our eyes. 



Fate of the R3 leaders at TPC Summerlin


2017 J.J. Spaun 10th, Beau Hossler 7th

2016 Lucas Glover 3rd

2015 Brett Stegmaier 2nd

2014 Ben Martin WIN

2013 Webb Simpson WIN


Notes: Last year was an odd one since the weather kept the scores tougher than usual. In most years (this year included), scoring is easy so it's tough to fall too far off the pace when you enter the final round at the top. That being said, you have to keep your foot on the gas because low scores are going to be flying off the shelves, all around you. 


Focus on – Vegas Connection


There are quite a few golfers with ties to Las Vegas. Here are some of the notables and where they stand ahead of the final round: 

Patrick Rodgers (coach): T52
Ryan Moore (UNLV & resident): T60
Scott Piercy (resident & coach): T27
Nick Watney (resident): T19
Wyndham Clark (resident & coach): T67
Aaron Wise (resident & coach): T27
Alex Prugh (resident): T67
Doug Ghim (resident): MC
Kevin Na (resident): MC
Alex Cejka (resident): MC

We had 7-of-10 make it through the cut. You might even throw Ghim out of this sample since he is such a new resident to Vegas. He hasn't had enough time to get comfortable. 

Of the seven that made the cut, most are just treading water. Nick Watney is best of the bunch at T19 while Piercy and Wise are lurking at T27. 

Playing close to home can be an advantage but it doesn't guarantee success. 


Focus on – Past Champs


TPC Summerlin has been the solo host of this event since 2008. Looking at past champs in the field, here is where they stand: 

Patrick Cantlay (2017): T4
Rod Pampling (2016): T60
Webb Simpson (2013): T27
Ryan Moore (2012): T60
Kevin Na (2011): Missed Cut
Martin Laird (2009): T40

Kevin Na has Vegas ties and he's a past champ here but his form leading into the event was just too much to overcome. He arrived with fewer GIRs compared to the field in six of his last seven starts. Gamers should let him flash some form before reinvesting. 

Patrick Cantlay is looking to become the first back-to-back Shriners champ since Jim Furyk in 1998 and 1999. 

Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.
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