Chesson Hadley Maintains Lead at Palmetto Championship

Chesson Hadley
Chesson Hadley plays his shot from the 13th tee during the third round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree on June 12, 2021 in Ridgeland, SC. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

Chesson Hadley finished his 3-under round of 68 on Sunday morning after play resumed at the Palmetto Championship. The North Carolina will enter the fourth round with a four-shot lead over Harris English.

Hadley, who entered Saturday’s third round with a two shot lead, got off to a somewhat slow start, carding bogey on the first followed by 10 consecutive pars. But beginning on No. 12, the 33-year old reeled off four birdies in a five-hole span to reach 14 under.

“Yeah, just, I made a really, really nice 2-putt on 11,” said Hadley, when asked about his back-nine birdie run.

“And then I hit a good bunker shot on 12 and finally got a respectable look, to be honest with you. That was probably my first birdie putt inside 20 feet and I just, I hit a great putt, had a good read on it.

“And then I just kind of was — I hit a great drive on 13 and made a nice birdie there.

“And then the bonus on 14 making a putt from the middle of the green.

“So that was great and we’re going to start tomorrow, I think I’ve got probably a 9-iron or a wedge tomorrow morning when we start and hopefully I can hit one in there stiff and get one more.”

Four back at 10 under was Harris English, who carded a third-round 67 to sit solo second.

Garrick Higgo was next on 8-under par following a 68. The young South Africa was one clear of Dustin Johnson (73), Bo Van Pelt (66), Tain Lee (71), and Tyrrell Hatton (67), who were T5 on 7-under par.

2021 Palmetto Championship

Top-5 Leaders: Round 3

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Chesson Hadley -14 (-3)
2. Harris English -10 (-4)
3. Garrick Higgo -8 (-3)
5. Dustin Johnson -7 (+2)
5. Bo Van Pelt -7 (-5)
5. Tyrrell Hatton -7 (-4)
5. Tain Lee -7 (E)

Material from the PGA Tour Media was used to compile this report.


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