El Camaleón Golf Club - Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México
Third Round Notes – November 17, 2019
Weather: Sunny, with a high of 80. Wind NNW 7-13 mph.
Preferred lies were used in the third round. The same groupings were used for the final round, which began at 12:15 p.m.
Things to Know
Brendon Todd posts 6-under 65, his eighth consecutive score in the 60s, while seeking second victory in as many starts
Harris English and Alvaro Ortiz are sponsor exemptions this week. Last sponsor exemption to win on TOUR: Collin Morikawa (2019 Barracuda Championship)
Of the three players from Mexico who made the cut, each produced sub-par rounds
The Ortiz brothers are the only two players in the top-10 through 54 holes who don’t have a PGA TOUR win
No player has won the Mayakoba Golf Classic twice (12 editions)
Third-Round Lead Notes
6 - Third-round leaders/co-leaders at the Mayakoba Golf Classic to win, including Patton Kizzire in 2017 and Matt Kuchar in 2018
8 - Third-round leaders/co-leaders to win this season. Harry Higgs (Bermuda Championship) is the only player to fail to convert the 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory
Brendon Todd (1st/-17)
With his 6-under 65 in round three, the Bermuda Championship winner posted his eighth consecutive score in the 60s. The last time he had eight consecutive sub-70 scores was May of 2014
Now 47-under in his last eight rounds on TOUR (66-68-63-67-62-63-68-65)
Seeks to become first player to win back-to-back events since Bryson DeChambeau (2018 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2018 Dell Technologies Championship)
Has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs twice in his career (2014/No. 27, 2015/No. 46)
Before Bermuda Championship win two weeks ago, sat No. 525 in the Official World Golf Ranking; currently No. 184
With no full status the last three seasons, the 2014 AT&T Byron Nelson champion regained his PGA TOUR card after finishing No. 8 on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals points list and 15th in the final priority ranking
Went through a challenging period in his career, admitting he had the full-swing yips, before winning at the Bermuda Championship two weeks ago. After finishing T56 at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, missed 35 cuts of next 36 starts (2017 AT&T Byron Nelson/T70) before advancing to the weekend at The RSM Classic in 2018, where he Monday qualified with a 61 and finished T54 in the tournament
Missed the cut in his first four starts this season; finished T28 at the Houston Open and won the Bermuda Championship in his last two starts
Harris English (T2/-16) made five bogeys en route to a 3-under 68, but managed to stay within a stroke of the lead while seeking his third PGA TOUR title; Making his 171st start since his most recent TOUR win – the 2013 Mayakoba Golf Classic. His first win (2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic) came in his 44th TOUR start
Seeking his fourth career PGA TOUR title and first since the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Vaughn Taylor (T2/-16) bogeyed his final hole to fall out of a share of the lead; Making his seventh Mayakoba Golf Classic start without missing a cut; Best showing in previous six is T16 in 2012
Adam Long (T4/-14) seeks his second PGA TOUR title while making his first start at Mayakoba Golf Classic; Along with his win at 2019 The American Express, his only other top-10 on TOUR is T10/2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational
2016 Mayakoba Golf Classic champion Pat Perez (T6/-12) fired his eighth consecutive sub-70 round at El Camaleon GC
Ben Martin’s (T8/-11) rounds of 67-69-66 mark the first time in five starts at Mayakoba that he has posted three consecutive sub-70 rounds
For the fourth consecutive year Abraham Ancer (12th/-10) posted a 65 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic (R1/2016, R3/2017, R1/2018, R3/2019). It marked his lowest round on TOUR since the 2019 THE NORTHERN TRUST (65/R2). Ancer is one of three players from Mexico who advanced to the weekend, with all three recording under-par scores in round three – Carlos Ortiz (T4/-14), who fired 6-under 65 for the second consecutive round and Alvaro Ortiz (T6/-12), who shot 68 and sits two strokes behind his older brother
Defending champion Matt Kuchar (T49/-3) is one of six players in this week’s field also competing in the Presidents Cup. The others: Abraham Ancer (12th/-10), CT Pan (T13/-9), Jason Day (MC), Tony Finau (MC), Joaquin Niemann (MC)
With a total of 12 birdies through 54 holes, FedExCup leader Lanto Griffin (T73/E) leads the RSM Birdies Fore Love competition with 124. Heading into the final round, Harris English (21) has the most birdies (or better) through 54 holes this week. The RSM Birdies Fore Love program awards the player with the most birdies (or better) during the Mayakoba Golf Classic a $50,000 donation to his charity of choice. The top three players who accumulate the most birdies (or better) in the 11 fall events will be awarded $300,000, $150,000 and $50,000, respectively, for donations to children- and/or family-focused charities of the player’s choice
R1 (7): Brendon Todd (63), Mark Hubbard (64), Russell Henley (66), Brian Gay (66), Abraham Ancer (66), Chris Stroud (66), James Hahn (68)
R2 (2): Harris English (64), Martin Laird (70)
R3 (8): Abraham Ancer (65), Zac Blair (65), Carlos Ortiz (65), C.T. Pan (66), Tyler Duncan (66), Adam Long (67), Charles Howell III (67), Scott Piercy (68)
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