The Honda Classic - R3

Singh in contention 1 shot behind leader Clark

February 28 – March 03
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$6,800,000

Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Fiji’s Vijay Singh moved into contention to become the oldest champion in US PGA Tour history by firing a five-under 65 in Saturday’s third round of the Honda Classic.


The 56-year-old former world number one made six birdies against a lone bogey to stand on six-under 204 after 54 holes at PGA National to share second place, one stroke behind US leader Wyndham Clark.

“I played really well,” Singh said. “I played like I know how. I just let it go and the swing was a lot more freer. If I did what I did today, this is how I used to play. I don’t know what I found, but I’m going to see if it’s still there tomorrow.”

Three-time major champion Singh, who turned 56 on February 22, would shatter the US PGA oldest winner mark set by Sam Snead when he captured the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days.

“I’m physically quite capable of doing it,” Singh said. “Mentally, I’m going to go out there and see how my mind works. If I just don’t let anything interfere, I think I can do it.”

Only six other players have won PGA events in their 50s, the most recent of those being Davis Love in 2015 at Greensboro.

Singh owns 34 US PGA titles but has not won one since September 2008 at the Deutsche Bank Championship on his way to capturing the US playoff crown.

Singh, now ranked 938th in the world, has enjoyed success on the 50-and-over PGA Champions circuit, taking three titles last year.

“Playing the Champions Tour, you’ve got to make a lot of birdies. It’s all about making a lot of putts,” Singh said. “That brings, I guess, aggression out of you and you go out there and you know you have to make birdies.”

In 2016, Singh shared sixth at the Honda Classic and was second at the National, but he has not cracked the top-10 in a PGA event since, making 36 starts with 22 of them ending in missed cuts, including both prior starts in 2019.

Singh could end the PGA win drought of more than 3,800 days in his 621st career start.Clark seeks first title

But in addition to fighting off leader Clark, making only his 19th tour start in search of his first PGA crown, Singh must contend with those alongside him in second, first-win hopefuls Lee Kyoung-hoon of South Korea and American Keith Mitchell, with US star Rickie Fowler another shot back on 205.


Singh won his first PGA title at the Buick Classic in June 1993 — six months before Clark was born.

Singh ran off four birdies in six holes starting at the par-5 third, his longest holed putt in the run from 18 feet at the par-4 sixth. After closing the front nine with his lone bogey, Singh sank a six-foot birdie putt at the par-3 15th and a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th.

Clark’s best career PGA finish was a share of 10th last week at Puerto Rico that earned him a spot in this week’s field.

“I played in some final groups as a junior and in college,” Clark said. “Obviously there’s more people and more pressure. I like the moment. It’s fun to play in that situation.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Wyndham Clark
USA
-7
69
67
67
203
T2
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-6
70
69
65
204
T2
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-6
67
69
68
204
T2
Keith Mitchell
USA
-6
68
66
70
204
5
Rickie Fowler
USA
-5
67
72
66
205
T6
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
71
69
66
206
T6
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-4
64
73
69
206
T6
Roberto Castro
USA
-4
67
70
69
206
T6
Adam Schenk
USA
-4
67
71
68
206
T6
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
67
69
70
206
T6
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
68
68
70
206
T12
Kramer Hickok
USA
-3
69
72
66
207
T12
Matt Jones
AUS
-3
69
69
69
207
T12
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
70
68
69
207
T12
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
67
70
70
207
T12
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
69
68
70
207
T12
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-3
68
68
71
207
T12
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
66
69
72
207
T19
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
72
70
66
208
T19
Roger Sloan
CAN
-2
71
71
66
208
T19
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
72
69
67
208
T19
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-2
67
74
67
208
T19
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
69
71
68
208
T19
Bill Haas
USA
-2
69
70
69
208
T19
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
72
66
70
208
T19
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-2
67
70
71
208
T19
Peter Malnati
USA
-2
69
68
71
208
T19
Adam Svensson
CAN
-2
72
64
72
208
T29
John Huh
USA
-1
70
72
67
209
T29
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
68
74
67
209
T29
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
69
72
68
209
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
71
70
68
209
T29
Harris English
USA
-1
70
71
68
209
T29
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
72
67
70
209
T29
Bud Cauley
USA
-1
67
71
71
209
T29
Zach Johnson
USA
-1
66
72
71
209
T29
Nick Watney
USA
-1
71
67
71
209
T29
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-1
67
70
72
209
T39
Cameron Davis
AUS
Par
70
72
68
210
T39
Trey Mullinax
USA
Par
70
72
68
210
T39
J. T. Poston
USA
Par
73
68
69
210
T39
Ryan Palmer
USA
Par
70
71
69
210
T39
Max Homa
USA
Par
69
71
70
210
T39
Sam Saunders
USA
Par
68
72
70
210
T39
Scott Brown
USA
Par
70
70
70
210
T39
Sebastian Munoz
COL
Par
69
70
71
210
T39
Ernie Els
RSA
Par
66
73
71
210
T39
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
71
68
71
210
T39
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
68
72
210
T39
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
Par
69
67
74
210
T51
Hank Lebioda
USA
1
67
74
70
211
T51
Russell Henley
USA
1
69
72
70
211
T51
Brian Gay
USA
1
71
70
70
211
T51
Brian Stuard
USA
1
69
70
72
211
T51
Patrick Rodgers
USA
1
68
71
72
211
T51
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
71
68
72
211
T51
Talor Gooch
USA
1
71
68
72
211
T51
Billy Horschel
USA
1
67
71
73
211
T51
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
68
70
73
211
T51
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
67
71
73
211
T51
Julian Etulain
ARG
1
67
70
74
211
T51
Danny Lee
NZL
1
69
67
75
211
T51
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
70
64
77
211
T64
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
70
72
70
212
T64
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
74
68
70
212
T64
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
71
70
71
212
T64
Webb Simpson
USA
2
72
69
71
212
T64
Russell Knox
SCO
2
69
72
71
212
T64
Chase Wright
USA
2
72
68
72
212
T64
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
66
71
75
212
CUT
Adam Long
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Adam Scott
AUS
3
72
71
143
CUT
Austen Truslow
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
3
68
75
143
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
3
71
72
143
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
3
70
73
143
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
3
74
69
143
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
3
72
71
143
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
70
143
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
4
76
68
144
CUT
David Pastore
USA
4
75
69
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
5
78
67
145
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
5
71
74
145
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
69
76
145
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Luke List
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
6
72
74
146
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
7
76
71
147
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
7
68
79
147
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
7
71
76
147
CUT
Erik Compton
USA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
7
73
74
147
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
8
75
73
148
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
8
72
76
148
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
8
71
77
148
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
9
77
72
149
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
9
76
73
149
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
9
72
77
149
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
10
74
76
150
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
10
76
74
150
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
10
74
76
150
CUT
Blayne Barber
USA
11
73
78
151
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
11
73
78
151
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
13
77
76
153
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
15
77
78
155
CUT
Andrew Filbert
USA
17
80
77
157
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
17
75
82
157
DSQ
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
0
MDF
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
72
70
71
213
MDF
Tyler Duncan
USA
3
69
71
73
213
MDF
Hudson Swafford
USA
4
70
72
72
214
MDF
Sam Burns
USA
4
70
71
73
214
MDF
Austin Cook
USA
5
74
67
74
215
MDF
Jason Dufner
USA
5
73
69
73
215
MDF
Stewart Cink
USA
5
71
71
73
215
MDF
Jim Knous
USA
6
71
71
74
216
MDF
Richy Werenski
USA
6
71
71
74
216
MDF
Ryan Blaum
USA
6
69
73
74
216
MDF
Stephan Jaeger
GER
6
68
72
76
216
MDF
Graeme McDowell
NIR
8
72
70
76
218
MDF
Drew Nesbitt
CAN
9
71
71
77
219
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76
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