Kraft and Varner III Tied for Lead at The Greenbrier

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Updated: July 7, 2018

 

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On a day that saw a great deal of movement on the leaderboard, we have two players looking for their first PGA Tour win leading after the third round.  Both Kelly Kraft and Harold Varner III finished their days tied for the lead at 14-under par, although Kraft came back to the pack to open the door for the rest of the field.

Varner was having a really good round of his own at 4-under par. All he was looking for was to hang close and give himself a chance on Sunday. Kraft’s poor finish was like the cherry on top of the sundae.

Kelly Kraft was sitting at 16-under par going into the final few holes, but would bogey two of the final three holes to finish at 14-under.

Prediction

Harold Varner III is poised and ready to claim a victory at The Greenbrier on Sunday. I believe we will see just that.

Hanging Close

Lurking just behind the leaders just a stroke back is defending Champion Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na.  Both players shot 65’s and would make the move to also give them a chance to win on Sunday.

Sam Saunders is also hanging close sitting at 12-under, but he may in fact be channeling some magic from the beyond.  He is using one of his grandfather’s putters, that’s right, an Arnold Palmer putter is in his bag and giving Saunders a little boost on the greens and between the ears.

There are other players close that could stake their claim on Sunday and one of those players is Bubba Watson. Sitting at 11-under par, he is within shouting distance and has not only a chance on Sunday, but momentum with his win last week.

Saturday is normally moving day, and at the Old White TPC finally showed some teeth on Saturday to provide some of that movement.  On Thursday and Friday there was a combined 23 bogey free rounds. Saturday, there were only two.

To add a little more perspective, on Thursday there were over 100 players better than even after round one.   During the third round less than half of the remaining field was able to keep the scores in the red.

The first two rounds also saw scores as low as 61 carded each day.  Today, was a different day as the lowest round to show up on any card was a 65.

Other Notables:

  • Phil Mickelson -5
  • David Lingmerth -8
  • Jim Furyk -7
  • Tony Finau -9
  • Keegan Bradley -9
  • Ryan Armour -10

Going The other Direction

Both Webb Simpson and Joaquin Niemann were among leaders in the first two rounds. Both would shoot disappointing rounds today taking them out of contention.  Simpson would finish 6-over par on his rounds and Niemann would fumble through a round of 72, his second consecutive week with a disappointing third round after being in contention.