Aug
6
2011
Eastern Promise: Your Third Round Debate Thread
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Ryo Ishikawa: the opposite of Samson, he gets stronger the less hair he has.

They don’t call it Moving Day for nothing!

The third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has been a textbook Tour Saturday. The antipodean darlings of the first two days, Adam Scott and Jason Day, have continued to hover around the summit of the leaderboard, but a clutch of high-profile rivals have also found their rhythm and thrown their hats into the mix.

Adam Scott, four-under for the day, is putting more convincingly than at any other point in his career to lead by one over Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa. The latter’s name is a particularly welcome presence on the leaderboard.

Since Ryo Ishikawa pledged his year’s winnings to victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the teenager’s form has been nothing short of dismal and he’s even managed to have a run-in with the Law. Gone is his trademark mound of heartthrob hair (reduced to a respectable short-back-and-sides) and, it would seem, his knack for letting a good score get away from him. He’s safe in the clubhouse after carding a 64.

A shot further back of Ishikawa is an eclectic mix of international talent, with American rookie Keegan Bradley joined by a Swede with a surprisingly deep voice (Freddy Jacobson– it surprises me every time I hear it…), Jason Day and the newly-married Martin Laird.

Most threatening of all the potential challenges, perhaps, is that of World Number One Luke Donald, who’s managed– in typically polite and unassuming fashion, of course– to reach nine-under-par, only three shots adrift of Scott.

US Open champion and full-blooded supporter of Danish tennis, Rory McIlroy, sits on the extreme periphery of contention at seven-under-par.

As much as I hate to, I feel obligated to mention Tiger Woods: he shot two-over today for an aggregate total of one-over-par.

So, folks, what does tomorrow bring? Speculate away!

Conor Nagle

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)