Fortinet Championship R3

Jim Knous and Maverick McNealy tied for lead at 14-under

Fortinet Championship 2021 R3
September 16-19
Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Jim Knous produced six birdies on the front nine, a single bogey at the par-4 12th and two more birdies, one on the final hole, to close with a 65 and a share of the lead at 14-under in the Fortinet Championship.


Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

“It was a great day, putter got hot there late on the back nine, on the front nine, stayed hot pretty much most of the round. Especially a nice putt on the last, that was a bonus. Just played solid, just stayed patient, kind of let the course come to me. When it gets firm and fast like that, just got to be patient.”

Knous made five cuts in eighteen starts on the Korn Ferry Tour last season and finished 25th in the Finals earning his PGA Tour card. He is playing this week on a medical extension due to a wrist injury and has one more start left on his extension. A two-way T3 finish would earn him full status on the PGA Tour while a solo 12th or better would give him conditional status on the PGA and full Korn Ferry Tour status allowing him to avoid Q-School.

“I’d probably be lying to say it wasn’t on my mind, but the best I can do is just hit every shot the best I can and things will work out how they should. My wife dubbed it this week, try my best — what did she say? Do your best, let God do the rest. That’s kind of what I’ve been working on this week and it’s been paying off. I just want to go out there with a winner’s mindset and try and win the tournament.”


Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

Tied alongside him is fellow American and overnight leader Maverick McNealy who followed up his second-round 64 with a 70 on Saturday. His front nine consisted of two birdies and four bogeys. He recovered some of his earlier momentum and produced four more birdies on the back nine, three of them in the final three holes.

“It was a crazy day, I’m not going to lie, that front nine got going pretty quick. Hit it in a few funny spots. We were on the clock I think on I want to say the ninth hole and it was just pretty hectic.


Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

“First hole, Beau [Hossler] had to take a drop out of the left hazard. The third hole I hit it in a tree well and actually had to chip out sideways and was really lucky that I didn’t try to hit a full swing because I chipped out sideways and a softball-sized rock came out from under the ball. Actually kind of stung my wrist a little bit. I’m really glad I didn’t go after that one full because I told Travis, I said I would have been out for a year. That was strange.

“I sent it over the green and two-chipped on 4, and 5 was getting dicey. It was just one of those days where balls were ending up in funny spots with the golf course this firm.


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Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

“Then got to the 12th fairway. I remember hitting a good tee shot down the middle on the 12th with a utility iron and everything seemed to slow down and calm down for me. I started seeing my lines with the putter and I was really proud how I finished.

“I really wanted to make that last birdie and get in that final group tomorrow. Whether that one shot ends up being a difference to win or not, it will just be great experience to be in the final group. I learned a lot today. I learned a lot managing my emotions. I’m pushing my comfort zone. My golf skill has gotten a lot better, but I still feel like I’m coming down the experience curve quite a bit and I think as a golfer I grew up a lot today and I’m really excited to see how I f eel out there tomorrow.”

Americans Max Homa (65), Scott Stallings (67), Troy Merritt (69) and Beau Hossler (70) share third place with Chilean Mito Pereira (70) at 12-under.


Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

Talor Gooch is in solo eighth place at 11-under after a bogey-free 66 followed by ten players tied for ninth at 10-under.

Among them is Phil Mickelson who produced a run of five birdies from the 13th and closed with a 67 to move into contention.

“I finished up well birdieing five in a row there on the back. Had a nice stretch with the putter. I had a chance the first eight holes to get the round going and I let a few opportunities slide, but I came back with a good solid round. I’m in a position where a good round tomorrow will do some good, and it’s fun to have a little later tee time and to feel some of the nerves and so forth. I know I’m going to have to shoot probably 7, 8, 9 under par to have a chance, but either way it’s fun having that chance.”


Fortinet Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Jim Knous
-14
70
67
65
202
T1
Maverick McNealy
-14
68
64
70
202
T3
Max Homa
-12
67
72
65
204
T3
Scott Stallings
-12
67
70
67
204
T3
Mito Pereira
-12
67
67
70
204
T3
Troy Merritt
-12
67
68
69
204
T3
Beau Hossler
-12
70
64
70
204
8
Talor Gooch
-11
69
70
66
205
T9
Webb Simpson
-10
70
71
65
206
T9
Phil Mickelson
-10
70
69
67
206
T9
C.T. Pan
-10
71
68
67
206
T9
Patton Kizzire
-10
69
70
67
206
T9
Dawie van der Walt
-10
68
70
68
206
T9
Si Woo Kim
-10
68
70
68
206
T9
Scott Piercy
-10
69
69
68
206
T9
Tom Hoge
-10
71
66
69
206
T9
Harold Varner III
-10
68
68
70
206
T9
Will Zalatoris
-10
68
67
71
206
T19
Andrew Putnam
-9
72
69
66
207
T19
Charley Hoffman
-9
69
71
67
207
T19
Aaron Baddeley
-9
71
68
68
207
T19
Austin Cook
-9
68
71
68
207
T19
John Augenstein
-9
68
69
70
207
T19
Nate Lashley
-9
67
70
70
207
T19
David Lipsky
-9
73
64
70
207
T26
Marc Leishman
-8
69
71
68
208
T26
Kevin Tway
-8
70
69
69
208
T26
Sahith Theegala
-8
69
70
69
208
T26
Patrick Rodgers
-8
68
70
70
208
T26
Matt Kuchar
-8
70
66
72
208
T26
Bronson Burgoon
-8
68
67
73
208
T32
Nick Hardy
-7
69
72
68
209
T32
Justin Suh
-7
70
71
68
209
T32
Wyndham Clark
-7
68
71
70
209
T32
Jason Dufner
-7
67
72
70
209
T32
Cameron Tringale
-7
66
72
71
209
T32
Mark Hubbard
-7
70
68
71
209
T32
Hideki Matsuyama
-7
69
69
71
209
T39
Nick Watney
-6
71
70
69
210
T39
Dylan Wu
-6
70
70
70
210
T39
Chez Reavie
-6
65
75
70
210
T39
Taylor Pendrith
-6
71
68
71
210
T39
Peter Malnati
-6
71
66
73
210
T44
Sung Kang
-5
70
71
70
211
T44
Brendon Todd
-5
71
70
70
211
T44
Jim Herman
-5
70
71
70
211
T44
Adam Svensson
-5
70
70
71
211
T44
Joseph Bramlett
-5
70
70
71
211
T44
Greyson Sigg
-5
68
72
71
211
T44
Russell Knox
-5
69
67
75
211
T51
Paul Barjon
-4
70
71
71
212
T51
Lanto Griffin
-4
73
68
71
212
T51
Sean O’Hair
-4
69
72
71
212
T51
Ryan Armour
-4
72
68
72
212
T51
Cameron Percy
-4
71
69
72
212
T51
Austin Smotherman
-4
70
69
73
212
T57
Luke List
-3
71
70
72
213
T57
Michael Thompson
-3
72
69
72
213
T57
Adam Schenk
-3
68
73
72
213
T57
Brendan Steele
-3
70
71
72
213
T57
Scott Gutschewski
-3
69
70
74
213
62
Quade Cummins
-2
72
69
73
214
T63
David Skinns
-1
70
71
74
215
T63
Michael Gligic
-1
71
70
74
215
T63
Matthew NeSmith
-1
73
68
74
215
T63
Nick Taylor
-1
70
71
74
215
T67
Peter Uihlein
E
68
73
75
216
T67
Vaughn Taylor
E
70
71
75
216
T67
Chase Seiffert
E
73
67
76
216
70
Sam Ryder
+2
69
71
78
218
CUT
Doc Redman
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
-2
75
67
142
CUT
Tyler Duncan
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Charles Howell III
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Trey Mullinax
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Davis Riley
-2
72
70
142
CUT
James Hahn
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Chad Ramey
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Kyle Stanley
-2
71
71
142
CUT
J.J. Spaun
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Danny Willett
-2
70
72
142
CUT
J.B. Holmes
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Adam Long
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Martin Trainer
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Aaron Rai
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Curtis Thompson
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Ryan Moore
-1
74
69
143
CUT
William McGirt
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Roger Sloan
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Bo Hoag
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Turk Pettit
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Bill Haas
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Jon Rahm
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Hank Lebioda
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Harry Higgs
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Scott Brown
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Adam Hadwin
-1
66
77
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
-1
72
71
143
CUT
John Huh
E
71
73
144
CUT
Kelly Kraft
E
71
73
144
CUT
Seung-Yul Noh
E
72
72
144
CUT
Vincent Whaley
E
71
73
144
CUT
Andrew Novak
E
70
74
144
CUT
Hayden Buckley
E
71
73
144
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
E
69
75
144
CUT
Ben Martin
E
70
74
144
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
E
69
75
144
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
74
144
CUT
Cameron Champ
E
73
71
144
CUT
Doug Ghim
E
70
74
144
CUT
Callum Tarren
E
70
74
144
CUT
Brian Stuard
+1
77
68
145
CUT
Max McGreevy
+1
72
73
145
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
+1
75
70
145
CUT
Joshua Creel
+1
73
72
145
CUT
Brice Garnett
+1
73
72
145
CUT
Seth Reeves
+1
70
75
145
CUT
Jonas Blixt
+2
73
73
146
CUT
Alex Smalley
+2
75
71
146
CUT
Denny McCarthy
+2
72
74
146
CUT
Josh McCarthy
+2
74
72
146
CUT
Brandon Wu
+2
71
75
146
CUT
Brett Drewitt
+2
74
72
146
CUT
David Hearn
+2
72
74
146
CUT
Brandon Hagy
+2
74
72
146
CUT
Pat Perez
+2
70
76
146
CUT
Kevin Na
+2
69
77
146
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
+2
76
70
146
CUT
Tyler McCumber
+3
70
77
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
+3
72
75
147
CUT
Kevin Stadler
+3
74
73
147
CUT
J.T. Poston
+3
76
71
147
CUT
Hudson Swafford
+3
77
70
147
CUT
Chesson Hadley
+3
71
76
147
CUT
Chris Stroud
+3
72
75
147
CUT
Danny Lee
+3
71
76
147
CUT
Taylor Moore
+3
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Hodges
+3
73
74
147
CUT
D.J. Trahan
+4
70
78
148
CUT
Kramer Hickok
+4
74
74
148
CUT
Cameron Young
+4
75
73
148
CUT
Justin Lower
+4
69
79
148
CUT
Trevor Werbylo
+4
73
75
148
CUT
Ben Kohles
+5
74
75
149
CUT
Kevin Yu
+5
71
78
149
CUT
Kevin Chappell
+6
78
72
150
CUT
Jared Wolfe
+6
75
75
150
CUT
Sepp Straka
+7
72
79
151
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
+8
74
78
152
CUT
Michael Duncan
+9
78
75
153
CUT
Andrew Landry
+10
77
77
154
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
+12
76
80
156
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
+12
74
82
156
DQ
Michael Kim
E
72
76
148
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