Keegan Bradley goes low, Mark Hubbard in position for first win of five Sanderson Farms Championship third-round wins

Keegan Bradley goes low, Mark Hubbard in position for first win of five Sanderson Farms Championship third-round wins

JACKSON, Miss. – Don’t blink, you’ll miss another birdie.

Moving day lived up to its mantra on Saturday at the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson. From the tee shot to the final cup shot at the hole, there were plenty of birdies in the third round, leading numerous players to make big strides up the rankings. The scoring average has dropped every day for the first three rounds.

Those at the top include a former champion, one looking to end a winless drought and someone seeking his first PGA Tour win.

Here are five takeaways from the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Sanderson Farms: Live updates from the third round of the Clarion Ledger

Mark Hubbard in position for the first win

Mark Hubbard has played 164 events in his PGA Tour career. His best result is second.

Come Sunday, that could change.

Hubbard sits atop the leaderboard with 18 holes to go at 15 under par. During the third round, he shot a 7-under 65, which was the second lowest round of the day.

The highlight came in the back nine when he made a flurry of birdies. Hubbard posted five straight birdies on numbers 11-15, putting him near the top. He finished his day with an excellent approach shot on the 18th, from 203 yards to 4 feet and making birdie.

Mackenzie Hughes, who shot 9-under on Friday and was tied for the lead going into the third round, is in second place at 14-under. After bogeying the second hole, he recovered with five birdies before bogeying on the 17th, the result of a bad tee shot.

However, he rebounded with a big birdie putt from the fringe behind the 18th green to get back within one shot of Hubbard.

If Hughes were to find the winner’s circle, it would be his first win since 2016 at the RSM Classic.

Thomas Detry, who was tied for the lead after the second round, shot 2-for-74.

Keegan Bradley makes a move

Keegan Bradley was nowhere near the lead when he teed off on Saturday morning. When he finished his round around 2 pm ET, he was the leader in the clubhouse.

Bradley made a big jump up the leaderboard, moving to T-6 after an eight-under 64 on move day to sit at 11-under for the tournament. When he finished his round, although it was before the leaders had first struck, he was the sole leader.

He birdied numbers 1, 3 and 6 up front, but the back nine is where he caught fire. He birdied numbers 10-14, including a pair of par 3s.

“That stretch there is achievable for sure,” Bradley said. “You have a lot of wedges for a pair of short par 5s and a short par 3. I got on a roll there. I made a couple of good putts, and then I hit a couple to tap-in, which was a lot of fun.”

Bradley said he had a FaceTime session with coach Darren May on Friday night after his round. That paid off when Bradley found more fairways, which led to more birdies.

And how did you spend Saturday after you finished your round?

“I’m excited to see some football,” Bradley said. “I’m going to hit some balls, and I’m hoping to be close to where I can smell this lead to compete for the tournament tomorrow.”

SH Kim looks to win on his fourth Tour start

Rookie SH Kim held the lead before a pair of bogeys to end his round, including a poor drive on the 18th hole. In only his fourth PGA Tour appearance, he is near the top of the standings.

Kim shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday, which included two different stretches in which he posted four birdies in five holes.

The 24-year-old South Korean finished T-36 in Napa two weeks ago at the Fortinet Championships. He is five shots off the lead heading into Sunday.

Scott Stallings looking for another Mississippi win

It’s been a decade, and on a completely different golf course, but Scott Stallings has been very successful at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

He won the tournament in 2012 when it was called the True South Classic. And now, it is back in dispute.

Stallings shot a 4-under 68 and is 12-under for the tournament. He birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to get to 14 before dropping shots on Nos. 16 and 18, his first bogeys of the tournament.

Stallings is in the midst of a fine golfing streak, which includes a runner-up finish in the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Joining Stallings in a tie for third place are Sepp Straka, who last year became the first Austrian to win on Tour, and Garrick Higgo, who has a PGA Tour win at the Palmetto Championship.

Checking out the locals

Earlier in the week, Davis Riley called the Sanderson Farms Championship his fifth major. He opened with a 6-under 66, but has since shot just 3-under in his last 36 holes. He is tied for 11th place.

Defending champion Sam Burns hasn’t been able to find his rhythm this week. He is 6 under par and tied for 34th, but has shot under par every round.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *