By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - Patrick Reed would rather lie in bed and watch television than go to the gym and does not watch he eats yet was able to muscle his way past fitness addicts such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Saturday to take the lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - American Patrick Reed will take a two shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship while Tiger Woods stormed into contention with the lowest round of the tournament on Saturday. Reed, who had a share of the four-way overnight lead, fired a three-under 69 to secure a two-shot advantage over compatriots Jason Dufner (68) and Hunter Mahan (71) into Sunday.
On the easiest day of the Cadillac Championship, Rory McIlroy moved the wrong way. And in a flash, his hopes at Doral were just about gone. A great recovery and chip-in birdie at the par-4 18th salvaged at least the ending, but McIlroy knew the third round was an opportunity lost. ''Couldn't hole a putt for birdie, so may as well chip one in,'' McIlroy said.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan apologized Saturday to Ian Poulter and other two players behind him for damaging the 13th green at Doral with his putter in the second round and walking off the green without repairing it. Poulter brought the matter to light with a series of tweets in which he called Matsuyama an ''idiot.'' They played together in the third round Saturday, and Matsuyama walked down the practice range when he saw Poulter. ''I heard about it this morning, I felt really bad,'' Matsuyama said after his round at the Cadillac Championship. ... I feel badly that he even had to write about something I had done.'' Matsuyama missed a 7-foot par putt in the second round Friday and slammed his putter into the green, leaving what one caddie described as a half-inch gash.
Ian Poulter and Hideki Matsuyama shook hands before teeing off together in the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Saturday after the young Japanese golfer apologized to the Briton for damaging a green the previous day. Matsuyama incurred Poulter's wrath when he missed a short putt and slammed his putter into the 13th green during Friday's second round. The Englishman, who was playing in the group behind Matsuyama, later took to Twitter and labeled the 22-year-old Matsuyma an "idiot", saying he had "left a crater in the green for others to putt over." Paired together for the third round, Matsuyama sought out Poulter on the practice range on Saturday morning and, with the help of an interpreter, apologized to his playing partner as the two men shook hands.