Justin Rose is coming off a year in which he won two PGA Tour events on difficult golf courses. He knows what to expect from his emotions in the final round and how to stay patient amid a crowded leaderboard.
The four guys behind him have never won.
So that makes Rose’s one-shot lead going into today’s final round of the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., seem even larger.
“It doesn’t mean it’s all going to go smoothly ,” Rose said. “You have to be ready for whatever happens.”
Rose shot a second straight round of 6-under 65 in more perfect conditions at Innisbrook to build a lead over Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson.
A 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole put Rose at 13-under 200, one shot off the 54-hole tournament record.
De Jonge and Simpson have never won on the PGA Tour. Neither have the two guys another shot behind — rookie Scott Stallings, who made his first cut in the big leagues last week; and Gary Woodland, who lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic this year.
“You want to give yourself a chance to win, and I have that opportunity now,” de Jonge said.
Angela Stanford (6-under 66) opened a three-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome at the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot a 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead at 5-under 204 over England’s Anthony Wall into the final round of the European Tour’s Sicilian Open in Ragusa, Italy.