Thomas Detry didn’t think he could get a worse break on Friday than when his approach shot hit a sprinkler head on the 10th hole and flew a good 20 yards over the green. Then he got to the 18th hole.
With a two-shot lead at 12 under, Detry laid up on the par-5 closing hole and found the green with his third shot. The Belgian put too much spin on his approach shot to the front pin and watched his ball roll right off the front edge and into the pond guarding the green. After a double bogey, Detry signed for a 1-over 73 and now sits two shots back in fourth place entering the final round.
“It’s really tough, honestly. I’ve been working on a lot of things mentally as well and I feel I’m doing everything the right way and it still seems to happen,” said Detry after the round. “It’s very tough, but in hindsight, I did a lot of good things today. I made some mistakes and stayed patient. I made some great birdies coming back down the stretch. The last couple of holes are tough here. I drove the ball great, I made some nice putts for birdie.”
“I just have to face adversity and just try to learn from it again, I guess,” he continued. “More real things that you can learn from it again, you know. Yeah, I felt like I really did everything the right way on the last couple holes and it really didn’t pay off and it was an expensive one, yeah.
Meanwhile, Stephan Jaeger (73) made birdie on the 18th to take the 54-hole lead at 11 under, one shot clear of Matthieu Pavon (72) and Nicolai Hojgaard (73). None of the players T-5 or better on the leaderboard have won yet on the PGA Tour, which could make for an interesting final round.