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RECAP: Sentry Tournament of Champions Third-Round

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Third-Round Notes – Saturday, January 4, 2020

Weather: Scattered morning showers with rain decreasing in the afternoon. High of 79. Wind NE 15-25 mph, with gusts over 30 mph.

Second-Round Leaderboard
Xander Schauffele              69-68-71 – 208 (-11)
Justin Thomas                   67-73-69 – 209 (-10)
Gary Woodland                  73-69-69 – 211 (-8)


Things to Know

  • Defending champion Xander Schauffele could become the youngest player since Daniel Berger at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic to successfully defend a title
  • With a victory, Justin Thomas will have 12 career PGA TOUR wins, marking the most TOUR wins for a player currently under 30 years of age
  • Two past champions of the event are inside the top three (Schauffele and Thomas)
  • Due to heavy downpours overnight, preferred lies were utilized for the second consecutive day

Third-Round Lead Notes
27          Third-round leaders/co-leaders at Sentry Tournament of Champions to win (since 1983)
Most recent: Dustin Johnson/2018

9            Third-round leaders/co-leaders to win on TOUR in 2019-20
Most recent: Brendon Todd/Mayakoba Golf Classic


Xander Schauffele (-11/1st)
Age: 26 (October 25, 1993)
Turned Professional: 2015

Entering the week
#21        FedExCup
#9          OWGR
2            Starts at Sentry Tournament of Champions
1            Win at Sentry Tournament of Champions (2019)
80          PGA TOUR starts
4            PGA TOUR wins
19          Top-10s on PGA TOUR
2            PGA TOUR starts in 2019-20
2            Top-10s in 2019-20

  • Hit 12/15 fairways, 16/18 greens and required 33 putts en route to a 2-under 71
  • Leads the field in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green (+8.630); Scrambling (7 of 8) and Putts (GIR)
  • Holds the third-round lead/co-lead for the second time (2018 Open Championship/T2)
  • With a victory, would become the youngest player since Daniel Berger at 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic to successfully defend a title
  • Seeking to become the first repeat winner of the event since Geoff Ogilvy (2009, 2010)
  • Making his third start at the Sentry Tournament of Champions (T22/2018, Won/2019)

Miscellaneous Notes

  • 2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Justin Thomas (2) collected six birdies and two bogeys en route to 4-under 69; currently leads the field in Strokes Gained: Approach The Green (+4.231) and Proximity to the hole (36’9”)
  • With a win, Thomas will have 12 PGA TOUR victories, marking the most PGA TOUR wins for a player currently under 30 years of age
  • Gary Woodland’s 4-under 69 highlighted by three consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-6; sits in solo-third place
  • In his fifth start at the event, Kevin Kisner posted a 5-under 68 highlighted by six birdies; qualified for the event with win at World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Matt Kuchar (68), Joaquin Niemann (66), Justin Thomas (67), Xander Schauffele (69)
R2: Xander Schauffele (68)
R3: None

Scoring Averages

Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1:                       35.735                  35.971                  71.706                  —
R2:                       35.765                  36.324                  72.088                  71.897
R3:                       35.000                  37.147                  72.147                  71.980

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