Guthrie, Thompson Share Honda Classic Lead After Three Rounds

Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson share the lead in the Honda Classic going into the final round as each seeks his first PGA Tour victory.

Guthrie and Thompson are tied at 8-under 202 after three rounds at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Thompson, who started the round one stroke behind Guthrie, had an even-par 70 yesterday, while Guthrie carded a 71.

“I was confident I would come out here and keep playing my game; just kind of keep plugging along,” Guthrie said in a televised interview. “Tomorrow, same thing. I’m proud of the way I handled myself.”

Thompson birdied the 18th hold to catch up to Guthrie after the two traded leads several times.

“So that’s what I’ve done this week, just played really smart golf and you know, try to continue to do it tomorrow and hopefully I can hit the ball a little bit better tomorrow,” Thompson said. “But you know, it is what it is, and I’m excited to have another opportunity to play in the final group.”

Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy are tied for third at 6-under, while Rickie Fowler and Charles Howell III finished yesterday three strokes off the lead.

Tiger Woods remained at even-par with his third consecutive 70 yesterday to go into the final round eight strokes behind.

“Realistically, if you play well, you can shoot about five or six under par, there’s no doubt,” Woods said. “There’s some accessible pins. The greens are perfectly smooth out there. They are not that fast so you can be pretty aggressive.”