2017 Barbasol Championship
(The 38th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
Opelika/Auburn, Ala. July 20-23, 2017
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National (Lake Course) Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,302
Third-Round Notes – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 92. Wind SSW 4-8 mph.
54-hole cut: 78 professionals and one amateur at 1-under 212. Due to expected inclement weather later in the day, the field will utilize threesomes off two tees between 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Scott Stallings 69-65-60—194 (-19)
Grayson Murray 67-64-64—195 (-18)
Tag Ridings 66-67-63—196 (-17)
Chad Collins 67-60-69—196 (-17)
Scott Stallings (108th FedExCup)
On the heels of a 6-under 65 in round two, Scott Stallings made 10 birdies, an eagle (par-5 fifth) and a bogey (par-3 sixth) to post a tournament-record tying, 11-under 60. It marked the second straight day of such a score (Chad Collins).
Stallings’ 19-under 194 total is a new 54-hole tournament record (16-under 197/2016/Jhonattan Vegas).
Stallings’ 19-under total is the lowest 54-hole lead in relation to par this season on the PGA TOUR since Justin Thomas was 22-under-par at the Sony Open in Hawaii (does not include Zurich Classic of New Orleans).
Stallings’ 60 in round three marks his career-low round, supplanting a pair of 63s.
With his 60, Stallings is now a collective 34-under par in his last six rounds, dating to round two of last week’s John Deere Classic (64-64-70). Stallings finished T5 at TPC Deere Run.
Stallings hit a perfect 18 of 18 greens in regulation in round three.
With a top-10 finish this week, it would be the first time Stallings has recorded top-10 showings in consecutive starts since 2013 when he posted back-to-back T4 finishes at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and the Memorial Tournament.
Stallings, a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is in search of his first win since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.
This marks Stallings’ fourth 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. Of the previous three, the one he converted for victory was the 2012 Sanderson Farms Championship.
Third-Round Lead Notes
After 54 holes last year, eventual winner Aaron Baddeley trailed Jhonattan Vegas by three strokes at 13-under 200.
So far in 2017, only 11 of 35 third-round leaders/co-leaders have converted for the win this season. The last to do so was Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.
Grayson Murray (127th FedExCup)
Grayson Murray made eight birdies and one bogey in round three to post a 7-under 64 and get to within one stroke of Scott Stallings at 18-under 195.
Murray’s lone top-10 finish of the season came last October at the Sanderson Farms Championship (T8).
Murray has now made 14 of 24 cuts this season. In his last two starts prior to the Barbasol Championship, he withdrew from The Greenbrier Classic and missed last week’s cut at the John Deere Classic.
Murray was the 2016 Web.com Tour Finals leading money winner. On that Tour last year, he won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, OH.
Murray is making his 24th start of his rookie year on the PGA TOUR.
Tag Ridings (175th FedExCup)
Making his 17th start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season, Tag Ridings had struggled coming into the week. He had missed three of his last five cuts, with a T68 at the FedExCup St. Jude Classic his best of the two made cuts.
In round three, Ridings made nine birdies, an eagle (par-5 fifth) and two bogeys to post an 8-under 63. At 17-under 196, he will begin the final round two strokes behind Scott Stallings.
Ridings earned his return to the PGA TOUR this year after a 47th-place finish on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list.
Ridings remains in search of his first TOUR win in his 235th start.
Chad Collins (170th FedExCup)
Chad Collins, who led by four strokes after 36 holes, posted a 2-under 69 in round three. He played the front nine in 3-over-par, but improved with a 5-under-par on the inward nine. At 17-under 197, he will begin the final round two strokes back.
Collins remains in search of his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 177th start. His best finish is solo-third at the 2016 Valero Texas Open. His best finish this season is a T4 at The Honda Classic.
Ben Martin (125th FedExCup)
With no bogeys and seven birdies, including five straight on Nos. 13-17, Ben Martin’s 64 moved him into contention at 13-under 200.
Martin is making his second start in the Barbasol Championship, having finished T20 last year.
With today’s 64, Martin is a perfect seven for seven with rounds in the 60s at the Barbasol Championship.
Martin missed the cut in eight of his first 13 starts to the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season. His made cut this week in Alabama marks his 10th straight made cut since the RBC Heritage in April.
Martin, winner of the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, has collected one top-10 finish this season (T5/ Quicken Loans National).
Sam Burns, the one amateur who made the cut, posted a 5-under 66 in round three to get to 13-under 200. He will begin the final round six strokes back.
Burns, an LSU product, is making his fifth start on the PGA TOUR this week. This is his first made cut.
The last amateur to win on the PGA TOUR was Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.
Making his second start in the Barbasol Championship (MC/2016), Rory Sabbatini birdied four of his first five holes in round three en route to a 9-under 62. He made a total of eight birdies, one eagle (par-513th) and one bogey (par-4 eighth).
Sabbatini’s 62 ties his career-low round, most recently posted at the 2007 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in round three. He is currently 152nd in the FedExCup standings.
At No. 147 in the FedExCup standings, 17-time PGA TOUR winner and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk has posted rounds of 69-68-68—205 (-8) and will begin the final round 11 strokes back.
The Barbasol Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs
Below are players in the field that are currently on “the bubble” for the FedExCup Playoffs:
FedExCup position Player Barbasol Position (R3)
Other players of note:
Players with ties to the State of Alabama include: Smylie Kaufman (T14), Patton Kizzire (T55), Dominic Bozzelli (MC), Dru Love (MC), Robby Shelton (T29), Jason Bohn (MC), Dicky Pride (T29), Bobby Wyatt (MDF), Blayne Barber (T55), Matt Gilchrest (T60), Trace Crowe (MC), Will Cannon (MC) and Willy Wilcox (T43).
R1: Martin Flores, Zac Blair, Chesson Hadley, Jonathan Byrd, David Hearn, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Robert Garrigus, Tyler Aldridge.
R2: Chad Collins, Seung-Yul Noh, Retief Goosen, Cameron Percy, Ricky Barnes, Mark Anderson, Ryan Brehm.
R3: Arjun Atwal, Martin Flores, Spencer Levin, Ben Martin, Cameron Percy, Seamus Power, Dicky Pride, Robby Shelton.
Scoring Averages at the par-71 Grand National (Lake Course):
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.886 35.515 70.402
R2: 34.687 34.305 68.992 69.697
R3: 34.000 34.916 68.916 69.437
The easiest hole in round three was again the par-5 fifth, playing to an average of 4.277. The most difficult hole was the par-3 sixth, with an average of 3.217.