March 2, 2013
Thompson, Guthrie have 'rough' day but still lead Honda Classic
By TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

Michael Thompson of the U.S. watches his shot on the 11th tee during the third round at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., March 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

The way co-leader Michael Thompson sees it, playing PGA National's Champion Course on Saturday was like a combination of the U.S. Open and the British Open.

"When they get the rough up like this, this is right up there with the majors," Thompson said after shooting an even-par 70 to sit at 8-under along with Luke Guthrie at the top of the Honda Classic leaderboard. "It has the Florida flair with all the water hazards everywhere and, to me, the conditions of the grass are like the U.S. Open and we had the wind of the British Open."

Playing together in the final group, Americans Thompson and Guthrie both struggled at times and had to scramble just to stay near par. Most of the field was even or over on a cool, windy day. Those conditions and the deep rough which stray wind shots were landing in, made life miserable for all but the eight players out of 75 in the field who managed to shoot under par.



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