Higgo lines up a shot at Palmetto Championship title

When play was suspended on Saturday in the PGA Tour’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina, Garrick Higgo was safely in the clubhouse in a share of third place ahead of the final round.

Higgo signed for a three-under-par 68 to move to eight-under-par for the tournament, and that puts him six shots behind the leader, Chesson Hadley, who had the 18th left to play. Hadley was four shots clear of second-placed Harris English, while Higgo shared third with world number one Dustin Johnson, who also had just the 18th to complete in his third round.

Higgo made five birdies and two bogeys in his round, and depending on the draw after the final three-ball completes the third round, could either be playing in the final group or have a date with Johnson. And, if he can get a little more accurate off the tee and on to the greens – he hit only 50 percent of the fairways in the third round, and two-thirds of the greens in regulation – he is certainly in with a chance of taking the title.

Behind Higgo, Erik van Rooyen carded a one-over-par 72 in the third round to slip 10 places to a share of 14th at five-under for the tournament.

Wilco Nienaber, while he was long again off the tee – he popped his drive 385 yards on the third – succumbed to his inaccuracy as he only hit 57 percent of the fairways, and, as a result of having to play himself out of trouble, hit only half of the greens in regulation. He made three birdies, two bogeys and two double-bogeys on his way to a three-over-par 74 as he slid 23 places down the leaderboard into a share of 27th.

Higgo had 29 putts in the third round, including a three-putt on the 11th, and if he tightens up on that, he is going to be a handful in the final round.

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