Aaron Clever had a six-shot lead in the course of the third spherical of PGA Tour’s The Honda Traditional however by the top of shifting day it was Australian Matt Jones sitting fairly on the prime of the leaderboard.
The 40-year-old Jones expertly dealt with the wind at PGA Nationwide on Saturday to shoot a 1-under 69 that has the Sydneysider at 10-under and three photographs away from his closest challengers.
“I am glad to go low with the ball flight and I am most likely a bit extra conservative when the wind is up,” Jones mentioned.
“I am going to most likely play a bit safer than regular.
“I am naturally a really aggressive participant however I feel within the wind, I generally tend to handle the golf course otherwise.”
Clever, who began the day with a three-shot cushion over enjoying associate Jones, dropped seven shot over his ultimate 13 holes to be tied for second with J.B. Holmes at 7-under.
After attending to 14-under with two early birdies, Clever struggled with a double-bogey on the sixth and 5 bogeys in his spherical of 75.
Holmes (67) broke par for his third consecutive spherical.
C.T. Pan had a bogey-free 65 – the low spherical of the day – to get to 6-under, together with Cameron Tringale (69) and Sam Ryder (72).
Defending champion Sungjae Im (69) was 5-under, together with with Keegan Bradley (67), Robert Streb (70), Zach Johnson (70), Brice Garnett (70) and Stewart Cink (70).
Historical past says they’re all nonetheless within the combine.
Solely two of the previous seven 54-hole leaders on the Honda – Adam Scott in 2016 and Rickie Fowler in 2017 – have gone on to win.
Nevertheless, Jones – a two-time Australian Open champion and winner of the Houston Open in 2014 – is targeted on what he can management after his constant play paid off to take a seat in the identical spot he did after his opening spherical course document 61.
“Simply maintain doing what I am doing,” Jones mentioned, when requested what he must do on Sunday.
“Obtained a protracted strategy to go. A variety of holes out right here that may get you, but when I maintain managing my recreation, hopefully I am going to have an opportunity coming down the final 9.”
And if the wind is up once more on Sunday it may effectively play into Jones’ arms.
“Enjoying it in these Australian Opens the place I gained two, it was windy, so I am fairly comfy within the wind…. rising up in Australia we’re used to the wind and hopefully we are able to simply maintain managing the sport,” he mentioned.
Of the opposite Australians to make the weekend, Cameron Davis is at 3-under after a spherical of even-par 70, Scott’s 72 dropped his again to 2-under whereas Lucas Herbert (70) is a shot additional again.