Justin Rose Leads Fort Worth Invitational After Three Rounds

Justin Rose

 

Justin Rose shot a four under par 66 in the third round of the Fort Worth Invitational and leads by four shots heading to the final round Sunday.

Brooks Koepka is four back at 10-under par after firing a three under 67 in the third round.

Emiliano Grillo is tied with Koepka at 10-under after a third round one-under 69.

Rose has been impressive with his ball-striking in three rounds at Colonial CC, a must for a player to contend. He’s missed just 11 greens and has made just three bogeys this week.

Rose has looked unshakeable all three days of the tournament, and based on his rounds of 66-64-66, someone will have to go low with a 62 or 63 to get close to Rose on Sunday.

He has averaged 66.67% driving accuracy, 79.63% greens in regulation, 317.2 yards in driving distance, and .0281 strokes gained putting in three rounds at Colonial this week.

Rose won the WGC-HSBC Champions this year, and finished 3rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and T5th at the Valspar Championship.

Rose is the fifth ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings and 11th in the Fed Ex Cup Race.

“I think I’ve won and lost actually from four ahead, so I’ve got experience both ways. Just shows you can’t get ahead of yourself”, said Rose

“It is a big led, but it’s in the big enough. You kind of — it’s not big enough to be counting the holes away. You’ve got to go out and play good, you got to go out positive, you got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward”, Rose said to the media after his round.

Brooks Koepka has the game to contend with Rose, but it may be too little, too late. His three under 67 just kept him in sight of Rose but did not make up any ground. He shot a 63 in the second round so he has shown himself and his competitors he can go low here. Expect him to go with driver on most holes and be aggressive on Sunday.

On his plan for Sunday Kopeka said, “Yeah, stick with what we’re doing. You know, it’s working right now. I feel like just need to get off to a good start on this golf course.

“If you can get 2- or 3-under through six holes, I think you’ll be right there. Obviously any time you’re within three (indiscernible) give your self a chance.”

This is just Koepka’s fourth start since sitting out nearly four months with a wrist injury. He finished 11th at THE PLAYERS Championship with a course-record-tying 63 in the final round. Koepka was 3 over par for his first 13 holes this week, but has made 16 birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey in his last 41 holes

He had five birdies and a double-bogey Saturday. Koepka leads the field in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (+4.122).

This is the second time this week he has had a double-bogey on No. 11.

“If I can play that hole then I should be ok tomorrow”, said Koepka

 

Jon Rahm shot a 6-under 64 to jump into fourth place. He’ll start the final round six shots behind Rose. Rahm has shot par or better in all seven of his rounds at Colonial with a scoring average of 67.6 strokes.

Corey Conners, Jon Rahm,Louis Oosthuizen, J.T. Poston and Ryan Armour are all six shots back at 8-under par.

Notes:

Justin Rose tied the largest 54-hole lead (four shots) of his PGA TOUR career.

Rose equaled his second-lowest opening 54-hole score in 315 starts.

With a win, Rose would tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA TOUR wins (9) by a player from the country of England (since 1983).

Corey Conners carded the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career.

Five international players in the top five.

Four players (Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Ryan Armour, Ted Potter Jr.) inside the top ten going for second victory of the season.

Jordan Spieth T-38th, has a third-round even-par 70 and represents his 13th-consecutive round at par-or-better at Colonial Country Club.

Ted Potter Jr. (T9) only needed 25 putts in the third round and was perfect in scrambling (4/4) and sand saves (2/2).

Potter Jr. moved up 42 spots with his 7-under 63 from the conclusion of the second round (R2: T51 vs R3: T9).

Toughest hole: Par 3 fourth at 3.526.

Easiest hole: Par 5 first at 4.346.

Bogey free rounds in third round:  Ted Potter Jr. (63), Michael Thompson (64), J.T. Poston (65), Matt Kuchar (65), Wesley Bryan (66), Derek Fathauer (66).

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