Rookie Clark Leads Honda Classic by 1

Wyndham Clark is a rookie who hasn’t done much on the PGA Tour, but you wouldn’t know it the way he played with the lead in the third round of the 47th Honda Classic.

The 25-year-old Clark carded a 3-under-par 67 for the second straight day to take a one stroke lead over Keith Mitchell, Kyoung-Hoon Lee of South Korea and the amazing Vijay Singh of Fiji on the Champion Course at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

“I didn’t know exactly where I was (on the leaderboard), but I knew I was close to the lead,” said Clark, whose best finish this season was a tie for 10th in the Puerto Rico Open. “I was just trying to make more birdies. I knew I got on the green I could make putts. That’s all I was focused on.

“I played in a lot of final groups growing up and in college golf. I know there’s a lot more people and pressure here, but I love being in the moment and playing in front of a lot of people. It’s fun.”

Clark, who helped Oregon capture the 2017 NCAA Championship, birdied five of the first seven holes in round three and finished 54 holes at 7-under 203.

Singh, 55, who has 34 PGA Tour victories, birdied two of the last four holes to shoot 65 and can pass Sam Snead, whose last win among his 82 came at age 52, and become the oldest winner in the circuit’s history.

Lee, 20, posted a 68 and Mitchell, a co-leader after two rounds, finished at 70.

Ninth-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta birdied the last hole to cap a 66 and is two shots back in solo fourth, while fourth-ranked Brooks Koepka finished at 70 and is another stroke down in a tie for sixth with 2013 Honda champion Michael Thompson (66), Jhonattan Vegas (69) of Venezuela, Roberto Castro (69), Adam Schenk (68) and Ryan Armour (70).

Third-ranked Justin Thomas, the defending champion, bounced back from a 74 with a 67 despite a right arm injury he sustained on Friday and is tied for 29th.

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