Ryan Palmer, Sean O’Hair Share The Lead At Bridgestone

August 8, 2010 – By Scott

Saturday’s third round at the Bridgestone Invitational featured PGA golfers coming out of the woodworks to post great rounds. At one point with about three hours left in the third round, seven players were tied for the lead.

But at the end of the day, Ryan Palmer and Sean O’Hair found their names atop the leaderboard and are at 9-under for the tournament. Palmer finished off the day by posting birdies on three of the last five holes to bring him into a tie with O’Hair. The tournament is still anyone’s to win though as 21 players are separated by just five shots.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in the lead or one shot back, two shots back. It doesn’t matter,” O’Hair said. “There’s 18 holes of golf left, and in my opinion, there’s no leaders. It’s just a shootout.”

Reteif Goosen, who held a one stroke lead heading into Saturday’s third round, got off to a terrible start. One his first hole, he made a triple bogey and never could recover. He now sits at 4-under for the tournament and five shots off the lead.

O’Hair got off to a good start Saturday. He scored an eagle on the second hole after he hit a three iron that landed about twelve feet from the hole. He capitalized his day by playing a bogey-free round. His final round is crucial due to the fact that if he can win the tournament, he can lock up a spot on the U.S. team for the2010 Ryder Cup. He feels that he has a good shot of accomplishing this on Sunday.

“Whoever is going to win this golf tournament is going to be the guy that’s ready to play tomorrow and be on top of his game,” he said. “I think I’m definitely capable of doing that.”

The tournament is also important for Phil Mickelson. All he needs to do is finish in fourth place alone to take over the No. 1 ranking in the world held by Tiger Woods. Mickelson failed to break par on Saturday, but is just four shots from the lead and is at 5-under for the tournament.

O’Hair has his odds set at 3/1 to win the Bridgestone Invitational according to PGA sportsbooks. Palmer has his set at 9/1. Matt Kucher (8-under) and Ernie Els (7-under) both have their odds set at 11/2 while Mickelson is at 10/1.

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