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Donald, Calcavecchia, tour rookie Jones share lead at Honda

Donald, Calcavecchia, tour rookie Jones share lead at Honda

Luke Donald shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to give him a share of the lead with Mark Calcavecchia and Matt Jones after three rounds of the Honda Classic.
Calcavecchia overcame a whiffed stroke Saturday for his 67, leaving him and his co-leaders at 6 under, one shot better than Brian Davis (73) and Jose Coceres (68), who lost a four-way playoff at PGA National a year ago.
"There's a lot of danger out there," Donald said. "There's some very daunting shots, a lot of scary shots with a lot of water around. So you have to really stand up there and hit good, solid shots."
Donald started with bogey-free 64 on Thursday, but had a quadruple bogoey _ an 8 on the 14th hole Friday _ to drop him well off the pace. He has five birdies and no bogeys in the 22 holes since.
"Obviously, other than that, I've played very solid this week," said Donald, who won the 2006 Honda Classic.
Calcavecchia miscue came on the second hole Saturday when his drive nestled against a palm tree, and he decided to take a left-handed whack to advance the ball a few yards. But he missed everything, and eventually made what had to be described as a good bogey.
The two-time Honda winner (1987, 1998) birdied the next two holes, connected again at the par-4 12th, and made nothing but pars the rest of the day.
"It'd be pretty special to win a tour event three miles (five kilometers) from your driveway," said Calcavecchia, who'll defend his title next week at the PODS Championship and who splits his time between homes in South Florida and Arizona. "I've done it in Phoenix, winning three different decades. So that'd be pretty neat too. I'm sure I'll be nervous tomorrow."
Chances are, so will Jones.
The tour rookie has made the cut in all six events he's played this season, with four finishes in the top 30. He birdied his final hole Saturday to pull into the three-way tie.
Ben Crane (71), Dudley Hart (72) and Cliff Kresge (66) were two shots back. Ernie Els and Robert Allenby were in a group of five players sitting three shots off the lead, and 25 players were within five strokes of first place.
Among those five shots back: Arron Oberholser, bad shoulder and all.
Oberholser, who will head to Minnesota for further examination of his long-injured shoulder after the final round, shot Saturday's low round, a 65. He could have matched Donald's low round of the tournament, but missed a 2 1/2-foot birdie try after his approach hit the pin on the final hole.
"A 65, for the way I feel, feels like a 60," said Oberholser, who has tried for months to get the shoulder problem correctly diagnosed and doesn't plan to play again until the CA Championship at Doral. "I feel like about half of what I normally am right now."


Updated : 2021-03-01 20:50 GMT+08:00