Honda Classic 2012: Rory McIlroy Has Up-And-Down Front 9, Trails By 1 Shot

As the leaders make the turn in the third round on a windy day at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, mid-point leader Tom Gillis maintains a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy. The reigning US Open champion is coming off a strong week in Arizona at the WGC match play event, and took a momentary lead after birdies on three of the first five holes on Saturday. He followed up the three straight birdies with back-to-back bogies to go out in 34 and fall one back of Gillis who is at -9.


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In addition to McIlroy, the Honda Classic leaderboard is peppered with young talent and another reigning major champion at the top. Keegan Bradley has had a wonderful first quarter of the season, challenging at Riviera two weeks ago in the Northern Trust Open. Bradley is two shots off the lead and one back of McIlroy at -7 through 11 holes of his third round. Rookie Harris English is right there with Bradley, two shots back of the lead through ten holes. The University of Georgia product is a dynamic talent who won a Nationwide Tour Event as an amateur last year, and many predict he will get a win in his first year on tour.

Tiger Woods remains well back after shooting a 69 and one under in his third round. He is -2 after three rounds and not in contention. It's highly unlikely he will be able to make a run towards the top of the leaderboard tomorrow, especially if the notorious PGA National wind stays up.

For more on the Honda Classic, check out SB Nation's golf blog Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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