Malnati remains in contention (and on baby watch)
One of the best stories of the week is Peter Malnati. Malnati had a 65 of his own on Friday to build a two-shot lead by the time the delayed second round finished Saturday morning. The course wasn’t as kind to Malnati at the start of the third round. He made three bogeys over his first five holes to fall out of the lead. But the veteran pro fought back to finish at nine under, two behind Griffin.
Despite the fact that he’s on the verge of his second PGA Tour win, there’s a chance Malnati walks off the course on Sunday, or doesn’t begin at all. That’s because his wife is due with their first child soon, and the new addition to the family could come at any time. Family takes precedence, so he’ll withdraw from the tournament if he gets the call.
Hossler sets sights on revenge
Beau Hossler, who first rose to fame as a 17-year-old amateur at the 2012 U.S. Open, has his eye on a breakthrough victory on Sunday, and there would be few better places for the former Texas Longhorn to claim win No. 1.
The potential triumph would be even more meaningful when you consider Hossler’s recent history at the event. Playing as a rookie at last year’s tournament, he fell just short of a win when Ian Poulter defeated him in a playoff. One piece of good news for the young pro: Poulter chose not to defend his title this week, so Hossler doesn’t have to worry about the Englishman breaking his heart again.
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