How Low Can Rory Go?For the last two days Rory Sabbatini has carded the low round of the day. On Friday, Sabbatini tied the course record with a 6-under 64. On Saturday, he made only one bogey and five birdies for a 4-under 66 and a five-shot lead heading into the final round.
The good news for Sabbatini is he may not have to go low on Sunday. With a five shot lead, Y.E. Yang, Jerry Kelly and the rest of the field will need to play aggressive if Sabbatini manages to stay at 9 under or better. That could be a tall order for Sabbatini's challengers as PGA National is one of the toughest courses on Tour -- only 14 of the 77 players shot under par in the third round.
And Sabbatini is not known to give up the lead. In his five previous wins he's won four times with at least a share of the lead. The ChallengersSabbatini's 6-under 64 on Friday is the low round of the week, so given that number it seems there's only a select few with a realistic shot of winning. Charles Howell III, Ricky Barnes, Tommy Gainey and Matt Bettencourt are tied for sixth, eight shots behind Sabbatini. If any one of those players shoots a 64 that leaves them at 7 under. Couple that with a bad round by Sabbatini and they'd have a shot.
Rookies Kyle Stanley (2 under) and Gary Woodland (3 under) are also in the picture, but it's hard to see an inexperienced player going low in the final round at PGA National.
If Sabbatini slips up, he'll likely have to worry about Yang or Kelly, both tied for second and five shots back. Keep a close eye on Yang. He won the Honda in 2009, a few months before he took down Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. Plus, Yang already has two top 10s this year, including a T5 last week at the match play.
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