Written By;

Carl Sengstock

Noren and Simpson are setting the pace with -4 under par 66’s on this par 70 PGA National Champions course in Palm Beach Gardens Florida.

The wind was a HUGE reason with today’s round.

The morning groups had the brunt of the wind and from the direction it was blowing it made the back nine play 2 or 3 strokes higher than normal.

Noren was flawless on the front side with 4 birdies and 5 pars. The back nine was ok with 1 birdie and 1 bogey for an even par 35.

Simpson did roughly the same thing with 3 birdies on the front nine and 2 birdies with a lone bogey on the back nine.

Checking out the rest of the field one thing was really clear, those who teed off late got a great deal advantage over the guys who were in the early session.

We’ve got a 5 way tie for 3rd place with a star-studded cast of characters.

Starting out we have Morgan Hoffman who was 2 under on the front and 1 under on the rough back nine.

Next the ever popular Justin Thomas with his Hall of Fame caddy Jimmy Johnson.

JT followed the same pattern with a 2 under par round on the front and 1 under on the back nine. Daniel Berger, playing in his back yard, had a clean card.

All birdies and pars, 2 birds on the front and 1 on the back. That was really tough to do today. My hats off to Dan.

Mackenzie Hughes shot 5 under par on the front nine with 6 birdies in his first 7 holes on the front nine. Ho hum back nine with a 2 over par 37.

Our fan favorite and maybe nicest guy on the tour, Louie Oosthuizen, was one over on the back side but really tore up the front nine. He had 5 birdies and one bogey on the front side.

I was able to get close to Louie a lot the last couple of days and he is one to keep your eye on.

He lives across the street in beautiful Old Palm. The thing about Louie that may tip the scales is he is sleeping in his own bed and mattress.

He has had a lot of back issues over the years but he looks good, has been calm and cool, & really feels this could be his week!

Tiger Woods came to play today.

Even though he ended up even par with a 70 and is in a T21 place, Tiger says that this was the best ball striking that he has done for 18 holes all year.

Glad to hear his confidence and how bad he wants to win. We need him out there! I wish you all could have seen the mass of people following him.

Friday should be an awesome day to see some great golf. If you are anywhere near South Florida please come and witness this in person. What a wonderful golf tournament!

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