Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - R3

Graeme McDowell fires 64 to take lead

March 28-31
Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell carded his second straight eight-under par 64 on Saturday to seize the 54-hole lead at the US PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort Championship.

Northern Ireland’s McDowell, who has slumped to 257th in the world rankings, had 15 straight one-putts in a round that included 10 birdies and two bogeys.

His three-round total of 15-under 201 put him one stroke in front of American Chris Stroud in the Dominican Republic tournament, which is played opposite the elite WGC-Match Play Championship in Texas.

“After I knocked the one in on 12 I asked (caddie) Kenny if that was 12 one-putts in a row,” said McDowell — and it was.

“I made some putts and I’m going to have to keep doing that tomorrow if I want to win.”

McDowell, who won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach and has been ranked as high as fourth in the world, won the most recent of his three US PGA Tour titles at the 2015 Mayakoba Classic.

Although he has an exemption into this year’s US Open at Pebble Beach, he has yet to earn a spot in The Open Championship at his home club of Royal Portrush.

McDowell said he had benefitted from a return to an old relaxation technique.

“I’ve been working on some routine stuff the past couple weeks and something small has clicked,” McDowell said. “It’s a breathing thing. It has helped me relax when I’m standing there on the greens.

“Just a little out breath before I take it back. It’s something I was doing a long time ago.”


But he had little breathing room heading into the final round as Stroud kept the pressure on with a 64 that included six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 fourth.

Stroud would add three birdies in a row at the seventh, eighth and ninth, and two more coming in for a 54-hole total of 202.

It was a further stroke back to South Korean Im Sung-jae and Australian Ian Baddeley.

Overnight leader Im, playing on his 21st birthday in quest of his first US PGA title, fired a three-under par 69 for 203 and was tied for third with Baddeley.

Ranked 59th in the world, Im is hoping for a performance that will boost him into the top 50 and into the Masters at Augusta National in two weeks.

Baddeley, seeking a fifth PGA Tour title, signed for a 68.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-15
-8
73
64
64
201
2
Chris Stroud
USA
-14
-8
70
68
64
202
T3
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-13
-4
68
67
68
203
T3
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-13
-3
67
67
69
203
T5
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-11
-6
69
70
66
205
T5
Sepp Straka
AUT
-11
-5
68
70
67
205
T5
Kelly Kraft
USA
-11
-4
70
67
68
205
T5
Paul Dunne
IRL
-11
-2
66
69
70
205
T9
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-10
-5
71
68
67
206
T9
George McNeill
USA
-10
-1
70
65
71
206
T9
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-10
-2
71
65
70
206
T9
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-10
-1
68
67
71
206
T13
Julian Etulain
ARG
-9
-6
72
69
66
207
T13
Ben Crane
USA
-9
-4
70
69
68
207
T13
Brady Schnell
USA
-9
-3
68
70
69
207
T13
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-9
-3
69
69
69
207
T13
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-9
-3
70
68
69
207
T18
Seth Reeves
USA
-8
-4
69
71
68
208
T18
Peter Uihlein
USA
-8
-5
73
68
67
208
T18
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-8
-3
71
68
69
208
T18
Kramer Hickok
USA
-8
-3
71
68
69
208
T18
David Hearn
CAN
-8
-6
72
70
66
208
T18
Jim Knous
USA
-8
-2
70
68
70
208
T18
David Lipsky
USA
-8
-6
71
71
66
208
T18
Grayson Murray
USA
-8
-2
69
69
70
208
T26
Adam Schenk
USA
-7
-2
71
68
70
209
T26
Brendon Todd
USA
-7
-4
70
71
68
209
T26
D. J. Trahan
USA
-7
-4
69
72
68
209
T26
Denny McCarthy
USA
-7
-1
69
69
71
209
T26
Joel Dahmen
USA
-7
Par
66
71
72
209
T26
Martin Piller
USA
-7
-5
70
72
67
209
T26
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-7
-5
68
74
67
209
T33
Chip McDaniel
USA
-6
-1
72
67
71
210
T33
Parker McLachlin
USA
-6
-1
69
70
71
210
T33
Trey Mullinax
USA
-6
-3
71
70
69
210
T33
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
Par
72
66
72
210
T33
Alex Prugh
USA
-6
-4
69
73
68
210
T33
Sam Burns
USA
-6
-4
68
74
68
210
T33
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
Par
71
67
72
210
T33
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-6
Par
69
69
72
210
T33
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
1
66
71
73
210
T33
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-6
Par
70
68
72
210
T33
Wes Roach
USA
-6
-4
71
71
68
210
T44
Brice Garnett
USA
-5
-1
71
69
71
211
T44
John Merrick
USA
-5
-1
72
68
71
211
T44
Max Homa
USA
-5
-1
70
70
71
211
T44
Cameron Tringale
USA
-5
-2
72
69
70
211
T44
Shawn Stefani
USA
-5
-2
74
67
70
211
T44
Charlie Beljan
USA
-5
Par
70
69
72
211
T44
Daniel Chopra
SWE
-5
-2
73
68
70
211
T44
Brandon Harkins
USA
-5
-3
73
69
69
211
T44
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-5
1
70
68
73
211
T53
Seamus Power
IRL
-4
Par
72
68
72
212
T53
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-4
1
72
67
73
212
T53
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-4
-1
74
67
71
212
T53
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-4
-2
69
73
70
212
T53
John Chin
USA
-4
-2
71
71
70
212
T53
Joey Garber
USA
-4
-2
71
71
70
212
T53
Chris Couch
USA
-4
-2
70
72
70
212
T53
Tyler Duncan
USA
-4
-2
71
71
70
212
T61
Derek Fathauer
USA
-3
2
73
66
74
213
T61
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-3
3
70
68
75
213
T61
Hank Lebioda
USA
-3
-1
71
71
71
213
T64
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
Par
74
68
72
214
T64
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
Par
71
71
72
214
T64
Curtis Luck
AUS
-2
Par
71
71
72
214
T67
Jim Herman
USA
-1
4
69
70
76
215
T67
Julio Santos
DOM
-1
1
72
70
73
215
T69
John Senden
AUS
Par
3
73
68
75
216
T69
Harris English
USA
Par
3
71
70
75
216
T71
Jason Bohn
USA
2
5
76
65
77
218
T71
Chad Campbell
USA
2
4
73
69
76
218
73
Ryan Vermeer
USA
3
5
72
70
77
219
74
Omar Uresti
USA
5
7
73
69
79
221
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
-1
Par
70
73
143
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
Par
69
74
143
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
-1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
-1
Par
70
73
143
CUT
Nick Hardy
USA
-1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
Rafael Campos
PRI
-1
Par
70
73
143
CUT
Ricky Barnes
USA
-1
Par
77
66
143
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
-1
Par
75
68
143
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
Par
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
Par
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
Par
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
Par
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
1
Par
73
72
145
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
1
Par
74
71
145
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
1
Par
74
71
145
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
1
Par
72
73
145
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
Par
74
71
145
CUT
Juan Delgado
DOM
1
Par
73
72
145
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
1
Par
70
75
145
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
1
Par
74
71
145
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
Par
73
72
145
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
Par
73
72
145
CUT
Hiram Silfa
DOM
2
Par
76
70
146
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
Par
71
75
146
CUT
John Rollins
USA
2
Par
76
70
146
CUT
Justin Bertsch
USA
2
Par
75
71
146
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
2
Par
70
76
146
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
2
Par
73
73
146
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
3
Par
76
71
147
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
3
Par
72
75
147
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
3
Par
75
72
147
CUT
Billy Hurley III
USA
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
4
Par
73
75
148
CUT
Dicky Pride
USA
4
Par
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Ballo Jr.
USA
4
Par
73
75
148
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
5
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Jacob Eggers
USA
5
Par
76
73
149
CUT
Rhadames Pena
DOM
5
Par
76
73
149
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
6
Par
78
72
150
CUT
Heath Slocum
USA
6
Par
75
75
150
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
7
Par
74
77
151
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
7
Par
75
76
151
CUT
Theo Humphrey
USA
7
Par
75
76
151
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
7
Par
81
70
151
CUT
Cameron Beckman
USA
8
Par
77
75
152
CUT
Zachary Zaback
USA
8
Par
79
73
152
CUT
Jonathan Kaye
USA
9
Par
76
77
153
CUT
Tony Romo
USA
15
Par
79
80
159
CUT
George Riley
USA
18
Par
85
77
162
RET
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
Par
66
78
78
RET
David Duval
USA
Par
67
77
77
RET
Eric Axley
USA
Par
69
75
75
RET
Troy Matteson
USA
Par
60
84
84
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