, 2022-04-17 02:00:00,
Pierce erased a four-stroke deficit
APPLING, Ga. — Moving day lived up to its name at W.R. Jackson during round three of the Champions Cup. The FPO division saw a lot of shake up in the top half of the leaderboard with an aggressive push for the top.
Entering the day, Kristin Tattar had a favorable four stroke lead against the field. Early in the round, the lead slimmed before extending out to five strokes. And then it was gone.
Paige Pierce packed her bags and got moving, matching her best round of the weekend at 4-under par. Pierce was able to close the gap and sits in a tie for first place at 8-under with Tattar. Her round got off to a hot start as she hit two Circle 2 putts. Her presence on the greens were felt throughout her round, where she cashed in on 88% of her Circle 1 looks. Her mental game was on sharp display as she was able to quickly turn around and negate mistakes. Pierce should be seen as the favorite to win yet another major after posting two of the hottest rounds of the tournament.
Tattar, though, is clearly capable of winning her second major. She will need to have a better day putting — she missed half her Circle 1X putts and went just 1/8 from Circle 2.
The Course Shows Its Teeth
From the beginning of the tournament, the course has progressively challenged the field more and more. Whether due to players throwing more aggressive lines to make up positions or the taxing mental strength it takes to compete at this high of a level, W.R. Jackson is taking no prisoners. Of the 40 competitors in the field, only two went under par on Saturday, with the rest of the field averaging +6.23 over par. Today’s rainy conditions early in the round surely did not help matters, but every day, the strokes over par have doubled, and it is reflected in the inconsistencies on the cards. Such big swings in scores will set up for a prime Championship Sunday where the winner will truly have to earn the first major of the year.
After a strong second day performance, the Mandujano sisters could not rediscover the rhythm on Saturday. Entering the afternoon, Alexis was sitting at 2-under par and found herself on the lead card. The story of the third round was drastically different. Her game never got going: she started 7-over through the front nine. With the wind out of her sails, she was…
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