The Blue Monster lost a few more teeth during the third round at Doral. Low scores were again the order of the day as the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship continued in Florida. Rory McIlroy came out on the front nine and just scorched the course, firing a 6-under 30 on the front nine. Not content with his front nine 30, the number one player in the world eagled number 10 and then birdied number 12 to reach 9-under par for his round. Unfortunately, McIlroy could not keep it going and played 2-over from there to finish at 7-under par for the day. That was good for a tie for eighth position heading into the final round.
McIlroy was not the only one posting low scores in the third round. American Webb Simpson, the sixth ranked player in the world, also had a good start to his round. Simpson eagled the first and then birdied seven and eight to go out in 32. Simpson then birdied 10, 11 and 12 to take it to 7-under par for the round. He ended his round with a double bogey on 18 to finish at 9-under par for the tournament tied with McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald among others.
As well as McIlroy, Simpson and others played, the round of the day belonged to Branden Grace. Grace carded a bogey free 8-under par 64. Alas, he is in a tie for 42nd along with several others including Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas, and Brandt Snedeker.
The real story of the tournament continues to be Bubba Watson. Watson followed up his spectacular round two with a solid 5-under par 67, to get to 17-under par for the tournament. He will enter the final round with a three shot lead over Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose. Will we see Watson close out the victory as McIlroy did last week when leading after three rounds or will we see yet another 54 hole leader falling to someone coming from behind? Here's hoping Bubba plays well, because if he does it will take a really great round to catch him.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
- Rory McIlroy