Harmeling stays ahead despite not finishing third round

By Courtesy of the PGA May 18, 2019

When Evan Harmeling wakes up Sunday morning, he will walk to the 17th-green fringe and play his third shot, a look at eagle. He will finish that hole, play No. 18 and then have a long wait until the start of his fourth round. That’s when he’ll see if he can win the BMW Jamaica Classic. 

Harmeling did not finish the third round Saturday, as darkness set in. While all the other players completed 54 holes, Harmeling elected to hold back. Sunday morning, he’ll have bright sunshine awaiting him and the chance to win his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournament.

Harmeling, sitting at 8-under for the day and 20-under overall with unfinished business, leads by three shots over Chile’s Mito Pereira, who had the low round of the day—a 7-under 65. Tied with Pereira is Argentina’s Augusto Núñez. A pair of Americans, Dawson Armstrong and Order of Merit leader Tom Whitney, are at 16-under and tied for fourth.

Harmeling had a spotless, third-round scorecard before his day ended, and he’s played his last 39 holes at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club without a bogey.

Birdies were again plentiful for the Vermont resident, who finished 18th on the Order of Merit in 2019, his highest career finish. This week, he’s 8-under on the course’s par-5s, with two still to play in his third round and five more chances in his fourth round. Birdies have not been hard to come by for the 30-year-old. Saturday, he made three birdies before lightning delayed play, but the respite didn’t seem to bother Harmeling. He added consecutive birdies on Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 11 after play resumed—with one more on 16 before the horn sounded stopping play for the day.

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