English, Palmer Share Sentry TOC Lead

Harris English topped the leaderboard in the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the third straight day.

English (pictured) saved par from the weeds with an eight-foot putt on the last hole to shoot a bogey-free, 7-under-par 66 and is tied for the lead with Ryan Palmer heading to the final round on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort outside Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

Harris English topped the leaderboard in the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the third straight day.

English (pictured) saved par from the weeds with an eight-foot putt on the last hole to shoot a bogey-free, 7-under-par 66 and is tied for the lead with Ryan Palmer heading to the final round on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort outside Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

“I’m extremely satisfied with my round because the Saturday has always been the toughest day for me on the PGA Tour,” said English, whose only two individual victories on the circuit came in 2013. “I pulled my shot a little on 18 and I’m fortunate the marshal found the ball. I was extremely lucky and I’m happy I made par.

“But I played well and stuck with my game plan. I struck the ball well today, kept giving myself chances and just kept rolling. I know the scores are going to below tomorrow and it’s always tough to win out here, but I’m confident about my game.”

English, whose only bogey in 54 holes came on the seventh hole in the first round, made three birdies on the front nine a four coming hole to post a score of 21-under 198.

The 44-year-old Palmer, who has won four times on the PGA Tour, birdied six of the last seven holes to cap a 64 and catch English at the top of the leaderboard.

“It hit the ball a lot better than I did yesterday, my iron play was not where I wanted it on Friday,” said Palmer, who was questioned by officials about a possible rules infraction after the round because he kicked a divot in disgust on the ninth hole.

“I drove the ball well today and my short game was really good, plus my putting really came around on the back nine. The divot I kicked wasn’t anywhere near by ball and when we looked it the tape afterward it showed that.

“I’m excited about tomorrow.”

Seventh-ranked Collin Morikawa, the PGA champion from La Canada Flintridge and Cal, carded a second straight 65 and is one stroke back in solo third, followed three shots down by Daniel Berger, who had a bogey-free 67, while third-ranked Justin Thomas, the defending champion, eagled the fifth hole in a 68 and is four behind in a tie for fifth with Sungjae Im of South Korea, who also eagled the fifth and birdied three of the last four in a 67.

Ninth-ranked Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos and UCLA totaled 67 and is five strokes back in a tie for seventh with Billy Horschel, who had a bogey-free 66, and Joaquin Niemann of Chile, who put up a second straight 67.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson, who has won the Sentry TOC twice, lost ground with a 69 and is seven down in a tie for 10th with second-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain (69), sixth-ranked Xander Schauffele of La Jolla and San Diego State (70), Viktor Hovland of Norway (68), Sergio Garcia of Spain (67) and Brendon Todd (70).

Fifth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis shot 70 and is in a tie for 16th that includes eighth-ranked Webb Simpson, who finished at 69.

For complete results, visit https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

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