Greensboro, N.C. - Maxwell Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, shot 1-under-par 69 with four birdies and one eagle in the third round to take the lead of the Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist. Ford made a late push for the third round-lead with four birdies on his last six holes to end the round.
If you miss the fairway by a yard, it's almost as penalizing if you're 15 yards off the fairway. You almost pick and chose your holes to miss fairways. I hit a couple tee shots well today that were hard for me.
Also, after double-bogeying No. 2, Ford was able to come back with his second eagle of the week with an eagle on No. 5. Ford currently sits at 3-under-par 207 through 54 holes. The No. 14 ranked player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings will tee off in the final group on Friday at 9:10 a.m. tomorrow looking for his first AJGA victory since 2018 and first invitational title.
Playing on a course of this caliber kind of works to my advantage. If I make a big number I tell myself it's a PGA TOUR course and the greens are really fast and the pins are really hard, so that is going to happen. The timing of when it happens might be really ugly at times, but I can keep myself in it mentally if I just remind myself its such a hard course.
Right behind Ford is Jean-Philippe Parr of St. C`elestin, Quebec (Canada), and Nicholas Dunlap of Huntsville, Alabama, who are both tied for second place at 2-under-par 208. Parr and Dunlap had very similar rounds. Both players had three birdies, two bogeys on the day and double-bogeyed No. 18 to fall into second place heading into the final round. Parr and Dunlap will both tee off tomorrow at 9:10 a.m. with Ford.
In fourth place is William Jennings of Greenville, South Carolina. Jennings shot 1-over-par 71 with three birdies and is two shots behind the lead at even-par 210. The No. 95 Rolex AJGA Ranked player will tee off at 9:06 a.m. and looking for his first AJGA victory.
Sihan Sandhu of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Eric Lee of Fullerton, California, are tied for fifth place heading into the final round. Both players through three rounds are 1-over-par 211. Sandhu battled during the round with four birdies, but had five bogeys for a 1-over-par 71. Lee gained momentum into tomorrow with a birdie on No. 16 to keep him in the top five. Both players will look for their first victory of the 2021 season teeing of at 9:06 a.m. Friday morning with Jennings.
After three rounds of play, just four members of the 72-player field sit at even-par or better. Players from 21 states and six countries include 35 previous AJGA champions, four of the top ten players in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, and 41 players committed to play college golf.
This is the 13th time that the historic Sedgefield Country Club has hosted the Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist, although it has sported different names in years prior.
The final round will continue with two tee start on No. 1 and No. 10 from 8:00 - 9:17am.
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