As with any Saturday on the PGA Tour there was plenty of moving going on throughout the field. Some moving up the leader board, and others making their way down. Hunter Mahan was the biggest mover of the day in the wrong direction. With opening rounds of 70 and 65 to be our 36 hole leader, Hunter followed up his third round with a 73 to fall two shots back of our new leader Brendon de Jonge (don’t ask me to say it Im sticking with how the announcers say it).
With the heat you would figure a big guy like de Jonge would be at a huge disadvantage, but being from South Africa it looks as though he is at least accustom to this god awful heat. Tiger Woods also jumped up the leader board to find himself one shot off the lead at -6 under. Tiger looks to be one of the few players (Jhonattan Vegas also) who has improved his score each and every day. If Tiger or Vegas can put together a low Sunday round (Im thinking 68 for Woods, 66 for Vegas) then we could have Woods as our first three time winner this year, and Vegas would score his first of the year. Hunter is still lurking, maybe he got his bad round and Chicago Golf Guy curse out on Saturday which leaves the door open for him on Sunday.
NO fans on Saturday was a little freaky for us TV viewers and the pros. Jim Furyk couldn’t remember the last time he played a round of competitive golf in front of so few people. “It was just so quiet,” Furyk said. “It was odd.” Beau Hossler, the 17-year-old amateur who made a near-historic run at the U.S. Open earlier this month, on the other hand is used to playing in front of small crowds. “It kind of felt like a junior tournament,” said Hossler, whose only audience was his mom, stepdad, sister and cousin. “It is nice to have some people to bounce it off if you hit it in the trees, but other than that it was no different. We were lucky to get out there and play.”
The PGA Tour made the right decision in keeping spectators off the course (which I believe is a PGA Tour first????). The fallen trees blocked the entrance to Congressional, the roads to the course were blocked off and severely cluttered with debris. Players had a difficult time getting to the course, and considering most of the pros play from the fairways, and the spectators have to hang out in the places where the most damage was done, the PGA Tour made the only choice in keeping people off the course.
Lucky for the rest of us the course will be open to spectators on Sunday, so not too worry guys, we will almost certainly get a “mashed potatoes” screamed after Tiger Woods pummels a drive down the middle on a back nine charge.