Honda Classic 2013 Leaderboard: Underdogs in Striking Distance Entering Day 4

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMarch 2, 2013

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Y.E. Yang of South Korea lines up his putt on the seventh green during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club on February 14, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Day 3 of the 2013 Honda Classic is in the books with Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson in a share of the lead at eight-under. While those two are ahead at the moment, there are some underdogs who are within striking distance entering Day 4.

Behind Guthrie and Thompson are Geoff Ogilvy and Lee Westwood, both at six-under. Rickie Fowler and Charles Howell III round out the top five with respective scores of five-under.

But there are other golfers who are surging after an impressive Round 3 showing, such as Y.E. Yang and Peter Hanson. Justin Rose has fallen back after a rough Saturday on the course, but he's already proven he can post a stellar round to get himself back in.

Let's take a closer look at each of the golfers who are underdogs as a result of their current position on the leaderboard and why they are still within striking distance to take the Honda Classic.


Full leaderboard can be found here, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.



Y.E. Yang (-4)


The former Honda Classic champion sits at four-under going into the final day, but if not for one bad round, he'd be among the golfers who are atop the leaderboard.

That bad round came on Day 2 when Yang shot a two-over 72 that sent him down the leaderboard going into Day 3. However, Yang recovered on Saturday to shoot a three-under 67, which was the best round of any participant in Round 3.

Before this impressive round, Yang also posted the same score on Day 1 of the tournament.

Clearly, Yang is capable of posting a sensational score on this course and despite the fact that he's four shots back, another round similar to what he's done before will make him a dangerous competitor on Sunday.



Peter Hanson (-4)


Like Yang, Hanson is four shots back, but he appears to be getting stronger as this tournament progresses.

Hanson started off the tournament on a sour note after posting a one-over 71 in the opening round, but he has since followed that up with two stellar showings.

On Day 2, Hanson posted his best score of the Honda Classic when he finished with a three-under 67 to put him back into the mix. Then on Saturday, Hanson once again showed up to make some noise tying for the second-best round of any golfer on Saturday with a two-under 68.

Granted, it wasn't as good as Friday's round, but Hanson appears to be rounding into shape as the final day approaches. With a little help from some of the Honda Classic leaders, Hanson can play himself into the mix on Sunday.



Justin Rose (-4)


Rose posted a dreadful round of two-over 72 on Day 3 and that has made his chances of winning this tourney that much more difficult.

But Rose's earlier form in the Honda Classic should lead many to believe he can rebound and emerge victorious on Day 4.

Rose posted one of the best scores of any player in any day of this tournament after his Round 2 score of four-under 66. When combined with his Round 1 score of two-under 68, Rose looked primed to take this tournament with relative ease.

His poor Day 3 showing should be of concern, but Rose has already proven he can put up an epic performance and one bad round means next to nothing going into Sunday. Rose has the talent and experience of playing great on this course to take home the victory.



Rickie Fowler (-5)

Fowler is plagued by one bad round, otherwise he could have a share of the lead or more heading into Sunday. A Day 2 score of one-over 71 has helped put Fowler behind, but he's well within range to make a comeback and win this tourney.

On Day 1, Fowler had one of the best rounds of the tournament when he shot a five-under 65 that put him in a great position after the opening round. However, that Round 2 score has set him back some, but he appears to be recovering nicely after Round 3.

Fowler shot a one-under 69 on Saturday to stop the bleeding and is just three shots back going into the final round. That deficit shouldn't be an issue for Fowler as long as he brings the kind of game we've already seen him bring in the earlier rounds.

If Fowler can have a repeat of Day 1 or something close, he won't need much help from the leaders of the Honda Classic to emerge victorious.