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Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer leads going into final round - click for more photos

Conditions today were the toughest they’ve been all week out here at the TPC Four Seasons and the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  The “Texas” winds were stronger than the previous two days, blowing right in the face of the players for the last four holes.  By the way, is a wind just as fast in MPH wise as a Texas wind as strong?  Don’t ask a Texan if you want an unbiased answer.

The two leaders, Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer started the day off at -8.  The tough conditions would take their toll on both players.  Garcia carded a four over 74, while Ryan Palmer edged him by one shot with a 73.

The conditions were so tough that no player in the field went without a bogey, and 3 out of the top 10 players on the leaderboard at the end of the 3rd round shot rounds under par.  Winds gusted up to 36 yesterday and while on the course I felt that today’s winds were noticeably stronger.

Amateur Jordan Spieth a big story again

17 year old Dallas amateur Jordan Spieth will be missing his high school graduation ceremonies tonight, to stay rested and prepared for tomorrow’s final round.  Spieth actually outscored Garcia and Palmer today by 2 and 1 shot respectively.  Spieth is currently tied for 8th place at -1, just four shots off the lead.  In tough conditions anything can happen, and Spieth could create one of the biggest stories in recent golf history with a win.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia's putting is greatly improved - click for more

My Perspective

I was all over the course today following many groups.  Of course I did spend the most time with the leaders but I spent some quality time following the likes of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Chris DiMarco.  I followed the leading players for most of the back nine, managing to get some killer positions like on #11 where I was literally 15 feet from the pin.  Of course I snapped more pictures and uploaded over 100 of them to the HOG HP Byron Nelson Championship image gallery.  Check it out.

Tired

I’ve been walking all over this hilly course in highly humid conditions with the temps nearly 100 degrees.  Last night I had a hint of heat stroke.  I managed to hydrate myself better today and stay out of the heat a little better as well.  No headache, but do have a blister on the right foot.

I wanted to finish up here in the media center and head out for good ole Texas BBQ somewhere, but I decided to eat and blog at the same time so I can get back to my room early and rest for the big day tomorrow.  I’m greatly looking forward to it.

As I knock on wood, I’m hoping that for the billionth time this season the tour does NOT enter a playoff.  That would really screw up my outgoing flight to Vegas tomorrow night.

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