It was great duel at the Honda Classic, but not between the two people we thought. Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter may have commanded the conversation at the start of the day, but it's Daniel Berger and Padraig Harrington who are the last two left standing. Berger came back from nine strokes at the start of the round to finish at six under, while Harrington forced a playoff with a clutch birdie on the 18th after a double on the hole before.
REED GETS BEAR-TRAPPED
Coming off a birdie on No. 14, Reed approached the first leg of PGA National's "Bear Trap" tied for the lead. But he dunked his tee shot in the water on the par-3 15th hole.
Well I never young Reed, stick your head in the water and tell them fishies to shush. Lovely.
— Tweeter Alliss (@TweeterAlliss) March 2, 2015
Ouch. The resulting double bogey dropped him two shots back of Padraig Harrington with three holes to go.
Ian Poulter's wild final round just turned disastrous on the 14th hole. After pushing his driver way right and into a hazard, Poulter dropped, and hit his next shot off a palm tree and into more water. That makes an incredible five balls in the water through 14 holes for the man who had a three-shot lead through 54 holes. Hopefully, his caddie put a few extra in the bag.
This guy is busy at PGA National. pic.twitter.com/xR4R4H6UMi
— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) March 2, 2015
Poulter eventually found the green and holed a 20-footer for triple bogey. Here's a look at how the hole played out on PGA Tour ShotTracker:
Meanwhile, playing partners Padraig Harrington and Patrick Reed birdied the hole to share the lead at 7 under. Poulter fell to three under and into a share of sixth place. Looks like that first stroke-play victory in the U.S. will have to wait.
Take notice, because a doomsday scenario has just emerged. Daniel Berger, who Tim Rosaforte profiled in this week's Golf World, shot a final round six-under 64 birdies to vault himself squarely into contention. With the leaders stumbling, he could easily pick up the victory, and you know what that means...
@NoLayingUp From 9 strokes back, Berger able to KETCHUP
— Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyanHere) March 2, 2015 -LKD__*
There's a very Ryder Cup feel at the top of the leader board at the resumption of play at the 2015 Honda Classic. Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter have all been jockeying for the lead but none of them have really taken charge. Poulter had a two-shot lead going into the 11th hole and looked like he was about to run away with it, but his water-bound drive led to a double and dropped him into a then-three-way tie for the lead at six-under. The consensus, now, is that the game is in fact "on."
Poulter in water on 11. Sunday all over again. Game on.
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) March 2, 2015
Poulter goes splash on 11. Game on.
— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) March 2, 2015
Game on now, Poulter just sent one a swimming!
— Dave Vollrath (@dave_vollrath) March 2, 2015
Definitely game on again as Poulter dumps second into water at 11th!
— Martin Dempster (@DempsterMartin) March 2, 2015 - Luke Kerr-Dineen