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2020 Zozo Championship leaderboard division: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm ready for battle in the final round on Sunday



The cream usually starts to separate on Moving Day Saturday, and round 3 of the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club was no different. Justin Thomas (-19) and Jon Rahm (-18) emerged as your favorites in round 4 as they shot a total of 14 on Saturday.

The No. 2 and No. 3 ranked golfers in the world play in the final group on Sunday for the final, but before we get to that, let’s look back at what happened in round 3 of Sherwood.

Justin Thomas (-19): JT closed like the closer he is with birdies on two of his last three holes after a bit of waste in the middle of his round. His putter has saved him a bit over the last two days and he will have to be better from tee to green on Sunday to keep Rahm out. One thing to remember as the tournament comes to a conclusion late on Sunday: JT has played the last nine in 1

7 under (!) This week.

T2. Jon Rahm (-18): After losing strokes with his putter each of the first two days, Rahm turned the light off early and played his first nine at 6 under with six 3s on the scorecard. Rahm said afterwards that the game is simplified when he thinks of being aggressive, and that was clear on Saturday when he ran from behind in the pack at the head of this tournament.

3. Lanto Griffin (-17): An incredible 4 on par-3 15th Saturday saved what could have been a disaster after he hit it in the water. T7 last week and he is looking for another good pay day on Sunday. He gets a show by being in the last group with Thomas and Rahm, but I question whether he can keep up.

T4. Sebastian Munoz, Ryan Palmer, Patrick Cantlay (-16): Quite a trio here between Munoz, Palmer and Cantlay. The latter has regained his tee-to-green form just in time for the Masters and is the guy who could shoot a 63 or 64 and snatch a win from the top two.

T7. Webb Simpson, Brian Harman, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bubba Watson, Scottie Scheffler, Dylan Frittelli (-15): Scheffler is interesting here. He probably does not have the juice to catch Rahm and Thomas, but he has lost one stroke per. Round to the field with his putter so far, so it should straighten itself at some point. If it’s Sunday, he could shoot something special in the low 60s.

T36. Rory McIlroy (-9): Let’s go with the bad news first. McIlroy doubled his last hole to turn what should have been a 65 into a 67. The much better news is that he got 3.5 strokes on the approach shot. This is just the seventh round since the start of 2019 where he has touched 3 or more in a single round. This is important because it has been his biggest fight since the PGA Tour rebooted in June and the Masters are only a few weeks away.

T58. Jordan Spieth (-6): After an eyebrow 66 on Friday, Spieth was terrible Saturday, even though he got a stroke on the court with his putter. That means he lost 5.5 from tee to green, which is as painful to write as it was to see.

T68. Tiger Woods (-3): Tiger opened with a bogey on the short par-4 10th hole – his second bogey there in three days (there have only been 21 tugs from the field all week) – but it got better after that. He made three birdies over the rest of the first nine (nine left on the field) before playing the second nine in 1 against a 71. After jumping back with his iron play on Friday, Woods staggered again in the round 3 and lost blows to the field. There’s just no real tee-to-green consistency with him this week, which is a problem going into his title defense at the Masters.

CBS Sports was with us all the way and updated this story with the latest scores, updates and highlights below. Check out live scores at the top of this story, a more detailed leaderboard, round 3 start times and our complete viewer guide.




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