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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 271 Chase Seiffert fired a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of The American Express to reach 12-under 204, up 29 spots to T8, three adrift of three tri-leaders at the top.
This is the 29-year-old's second AmEx after T21 last year where he was T4 after 54 holes (66-67-67-73). He arrived this week 3-for-8 on the season with one top 25, a T17 at the Sanderson Farms six starts ago, and off a missed cut by one at last week's Sony on 3-under 137 (65-72). The FSU alum's career best among two top 10s in 32 prior events is solo 4th at last season's inaugural Workday Charity Open as an alternate in his course debut. After opening with 72-67 (SC-NT), he began T37 on 5-under, one inside the cut line and three shy of the overnight top 10. On eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, the Floridian outflanked one bogey-6 at 11 (watered second shot), with eight circles at 12-16, 1 (hole-out from 14'2" away), 8 and 9, two conventionally from between 12 and 16 feet. He'll play out of the fourth-to-last threesome on Sunday with Francesco Molinari and Doug Ghim.
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Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, World No. 159 Emiliano Grillo walked off with bogey en route to a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in the third round of The American Express, up two places to T5 on 13-under 203, two back of tri-leaders Max Homa (65), Si Woo Kim (67) and Tony Finau (67).
This is the fourth time this season in 10 starts that the Argentine has been in the top 10 after 54 holes. One of the prior three resulted in a top-10 finish, a T8 at Mayakoba two starts ago as the 54-hole leader by one (66-63-68-72). The Florida resident is vying for his second TOUR win in 138 events, joining the 2016 Frys.com (now Safeway) 130 starts ago in his first start as a member, where he came from two back (T5) with 3-under 69 before prevailing in a 2-man playoff. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he was bogey-free 5-under through 12 holes, circling 1, 2, 4 (hole-out from 38'3" away), 7 and 8, but stalled out from there, outbalancing a sixth and final birdie at 16 with two bogeys at 13 and 18. The 28-year-old, who will play out of the third-to-last threesome in the finale with Cameron Davis and Rory Sabbatini, converted two scoring chances from between 13 and 22 feet.
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Playing out of the fifth-to-last threesome, World No. 97 Brian Harman fashioned a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of The American Express for a 54-hole total of 13-under 203, up five spots to T5, two shy of tri-leaders Max Homa (65), Si Woo Kim (67) and Tony Finau (67).
The 34-year-old is chasing his third TOUR victory in 271 events, first since the 2017 Wells Fargo at Eagle Point GC 99 starts ago, where he came from two back (T4) with 4-under 68 to win by one. This is his third time this season in 10 starts that he's been in the top 10 after 54 holes, including T3 at the Shriners, but neither of the previous two resulted in a top-10 finish. The Georgia alum's most recent top 10 is a back-door T3 at the last season's Greenbrier 28 starts ago (65-66-70-65). On 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, his lone hiccup was double bogey-6 at hole 9 (watered tee ball), camouflaged by seven circles at holes 2-5, 8, 10 and 11, three from between 10 and 17 feet. Harman will play out of the penultimate threesome on Sunday with Richy Werenski and Russell Knox. He kicked off with 68-68 (NT-SC).
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Playing out of the final threesome, American Express ambassador and World No. 22 Tony Finau crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the AmEx for a three-day tally of 15-under 201, up one place into a three-way T1 with Max Homa (65) and Si Woo Kim (67).
This is the 31-year-old's fourth 54-hole lead/co-lead in 171 events, previously 0-for-3 converting. Most recently, he led last season's WM Phoenix Open by one before losing in a playoff to Webb Simpson (69-66-62-70), his second straight loss in extra time when leading/co-leading at the three-quarter mark (2019, WGC-HSBC). The Scottsdale resident is vying for his second TOUR title, first since the 2016 opposite-field Puerto Rico Open 125 starts ago, where he came from one back (T2) with 2-under 70 before prevailing in a two-man playoff (Steve Marino). On nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he squared bogey-5 at hole 1 (3-putt from 38'9"), ate a double bogey-5 at 13 (watered tee ball), but overcame those with eight birdies at 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and a hat-trick at 14-16, each from inside of 11 feet. The Utah native will play out of the final threesome in the finale with Homa and Kim.
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Playing out of the penultimate threesome, World No. 96 Si Woo Kim authored a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of The American Express to post 15-under 201, up one place into a three-way T1 with Max Homa (65) and Tony Finau (67).
This is the 25-year-old's fourth 54-hole lead/co-lead in 164 events, previously 1-for-3 converting and zero for his last two. In each of the prior three, he led outright, most recently by two at last season's Wyndham before an even-par 70 for T3, with his one conversion coming at the 2016 Wyndham, where he led by four and won by five (68-60-64-67). The South Korean is eyeing his third TOUR win, first since the 2017 PLAYERS 103 starts ago, where he came from two back (solo 4th) with bogey-free 3-under 69 to win by three. On eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he penciled five birdies at holes 3 (from 16'11"), 5, 12, 14 and 16, taking 29 total putts. Kim missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, and also whiffed on an eagle chance at 16 from 6'3". He'll play out of the final threesome in R4 with Homa and AmEx ambassador Finau. "Yeah, I thought that I played good and everything feels okay, but the last two days I was putting pretty good. It's not the best, I think, my putter today, but I hope it will work tomorrow."
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Playing out of the final threesome, overnight leader and World No. 18 Sungjae Im labored to a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the third round of The American Express, cratering 19 spots to T20 on 10-under 206, a distant five in arrears of 54-hole tri-leaders Max Homa (65), Si Woo Kim (67), and playing competitor Tony Finau (67).
After kicking off with 68 and day-tying-low, bogey-free 65 (NT-SC), the 22-year-old began with a one-shot lead over five players, including Finau. On eight (of 14) fairways and just 10 greens in regulation, he outbalanced five birdies at holes 1 (fringe-shot from 8'11"), 2, 8, 11 and 12, with three squares at 6 (watered second shot), 13 and 14, and a triple bogey-7 at 9 (two balls in the water). The South Korean's four conventional birdies were each from inside of 10 feet and took 27 total swipes with flat stick, missing three other birdie attempts from inside of 12 feet.
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Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, World No. 103 Max Homa spun a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of The American Express for a 54-hole tally of 15-under 201, up nine places on the day and good for a share of the lead with Si Woo Kim (67) and AmEx ambassador Tony Finau (67).
This is the UC-Berkeley alum's second 54-hole lead/co-lead in 106 events, previously 1-for-1 converting. He was also a 54-hole tri-leader at the 2019 Wells Fargo 37 starts ago, shot 4-under 67 out of the final twosome to win by three for his lone TOUR victory to date. After opening with 66-70 (NT-SC), the 30-year-old began T10 on 8-under, three short of leader Sungjae Im (73), and conjured eight (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. His lone blemish was double bogey-6 at hole 7 (watered tee ball), smothered by nine birdies at 2-5, 8, 11 (fringe-shot from 14'1") and 14-16, four conventionally from between 11 and 23 feet, and also saved par at the last from 9'10". The Californian, who will play out of the final threesome on Sunday, is No. 1 in putts per GIR with a cumulative 1.405.
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World No. 122 Rory Sabbatini styled a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The American Express for a 54-hole total of 12-under 204, up 10 spots to T8, three shy of co-clubhouse leaders Max Homa (65) and Si Woo Kim (67).
This is the 44-year-old's 14th AmEx and fifth straight made cut. His best among four top 25s is solo 2nd on debut in 2000, and also added a top 10 (T10) in 2006. The Arizona product arrived 5-for-7 on the season with two top 25s, a pair of T12s at Sanderson Farms and most recently at the RSM three starts ago, and is eyeing his first top 10 on TOUR since T6 at the 2019 Wyndham. This is the Slovakian's first time in the top 10 after 54 holes since last season's Workday Charity Open, where he was T6 before finishing T17 (69-68-69-73), while his most recent of six TOUR titles in 553 events is the 2011 Honda as a 54-hole leader by five. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, he outpaced one bogey-6 at 16 with six circles at 3, 6-8, 12 and 18, three from between 10 and 31 feet. Sabbatini kicked off with 68-69 (SC-NT).
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