Matt Jones is on track to end his PGA Tour title drought after reclaiming the lead following the third round of The Honda Classic as Aaron Wise crumbled.

Not since the 2014 Houston Open has Australian golfer Jones won on the PGA Tour.

But Jones is 18 holes away from snapping a seven-year drought and adding to his solitary Tour trophy after earning a three-stroke lead on Saturday.

Jones – who tied the course record in the opening round – carded a one-under-par 69 to move back to the top of the leaderboard at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

After mixing three birdies and two bogeys, Jones improved to 10 under through 54 holes, ahead of J.B. Holmes (67) and overnight leader Aaron Wise (75).

"I got a lot more experience, a lot more grey hair, and I've been in this situation before," Jones said.

"So hopefully I can just draw from that, and look back on that, and learn from that, and figure it out."

Wise led by three strokes heading into the penultimate round, which he stretched to six shots early on Saturday, but the American capitulated.

A double-bogey at the sixth hole set the tone for Wise, who tallied four bogeys on the back nine – including back-to-back to end the day and three of his last four holes.

Defending champion Im Sung-jae posted a third-round 69 to be tied for seventh spot, five shots adrift of Jones.

Phil Mickelson climbed 15 positions into a tie for 27th following a one-under-par 69 – the five-time major winner two under alongside the likes of former world number one Adam Scott (72).

Matt Jones tied the course record as the Australian sizzled to earn a three-stroke lead after the first round of The Honda Classic.

Jones was flawless on day one, carding a nine-under-par 61 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Thursday.

The 40-year-old, whose sole win on the PGA Tour came via the 2014 Houston Open, did not drop a shot as he birdied nine holes, including three in a row to close out the round.

Jones equalled the course record, while posting the lowest round of his professional career to top the leaderboard ahead of American pair Aaron Wise and 2014 champion Russell Henley.

Since 2007, there have been 6,202 rounds played at PGA National – Jones (10.49 in this year's first round) and Tiger Woods (10.12 in 2012 final round) are the only players to gain over 10 total strokes in a round.

"I play golf for a living," Jones said in response to his round. "I mean, I should be able to shoot a good golf score occasionally. It doesn't happen as much as I want.

"But yes, I'm very happy with it. I was very calm, I was very relaxed out there. I'm normally a bit more amped-up and hyped-up and I had a different goal this week, to be a little more calm than normally and walk slower."

Steve Stricker, Cameron Davis, Kevin Chappell, Scott Harrington and Joseph Bramlett are five shots off the pace heading into Friday's second round.

Defending champion Im Sung-jae opened his bid for back-to-back titles with a first-round 68, while former world number one and 2016 winner Adam Scott is a shot further back.

Following runner-up finishes in his last two starts on the PGA Tour – Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship – Lee Westwood opened his Honda Classic campaign with a 70.

Rickie Fowler, who won the tournament in 2017, is also even par alongside Westwood, while five-time major champion Phil Mickelson is a stroke worse off.

England's Matt Fitzpatrick and American Webb Simpson took a share of the lead in a star-studded field at the WGC-Workday Championship.

World number 16 Fitzpatrick carded a six-under 66 without dropping a shot on day one at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.

Ninth-ranked Simpson closed a clean back nine with three straight birdies and a par to climb up the leaderboard and match the 26-year-old Englishman's score.

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka dropped his only shot at the par-four 16th, but is alongside three others at five under.

Americans Kevin Kisner and Billy Horschel also carded 67s and were joined in third place by 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia, who drained a round-high eight birdies.

World number two Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed were among six players tied in seventh at four under, along with Tony Finau.

Adam Scott saw a potential hole-in-one come back off the flag at the sixth and shot an up-and-down even-par 72, while Justin Thomas recovered from dropping four shots in three holes to close with three birdies in the last four to sign for a one-over 73.

World number one Dustin Johnson posted a pair of double bogeys on his way to a five-over 77. That score was matched by US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who dropped shots on seven holes.

Rory McIlroy made a decent start, shooting a three-under 69 to sit in a tie for 13th.

The first World Golf Championships event of the season kicks off the Florida swing of the tour, heading towards The Players Championship starting on March 11.

Tiger Woods was in hospital with serious leg injuries after a car crash on Tuesday that sent shockwaves through golf.

The 15-time major winner had to be rescued from his vehicle early in the California morning after coming off the road and overturning.

He was taken to surgery as the sporting world waited for updates on his condition.

Woods' close friend Justin Thomas said: "I'm sick to my stomach. You know, it hurts to see one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he's all right. Just worry for his kids, you know. I'm sure they're struggling."

Australia's former world number one Adam Scott added: "It's sickening. He's our hero out here. You think guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, but they're not. I just hope he's all right."

Woods' former partner Lindsey Vonn added: "Praying for TW right now."

Basketball great Magic Johnson called for a rush of goodwill towards the 45-year-old, saying: "Everyone send your prayers out to Tiger Woods! He was just in a bad car accident. Let us all pray for his speedy recovery."

The shock among PGA Tour stars was telling of the esteem in which they hold Woods.

Bryson DeChambeau said he was "heartbroken and shocked", while Justin Rose addressed Woods as he wrote on Twitter: "Just seen the awful news. We know how tough you are, we've seen it a hundred times. Hoping and praying you're ok my friend."

Ian Poulter said: "Thoughts are with @TigerWoods and others involved, wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad."

Xander Schauffele, quoted on the PGA Tour website, said: "My putting coach called me and told me. The volunteer who gave me a ride showed me a picture of it, and I read they used the jaws of life.

"The mood has been very quiet, I'd say. Everyone I've talked to has been in a strange mood due to the news. I was talking to my caddie about the impact he's had on the game of golf. It's not good for us, not good for the game of golf. All we can do is hope that he's fine and has a speedy recovery."

Baseball great Alex Rodriguez wrote: "Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as we all anxiously await more news. Thinking of him and his entire family."

Hometown hero Max Homa survived a play-off against countryman Tony Finau to claim the Genesis Invitational.

Los Angeles native Homa clinched his second PGA Tour title after signing for par on the second play-off hole as Finau could only bogey on Sunday.

A play-off was needed after American pair Homa (70) and Finau (70) finished 12 under through 72 holes at Riviera Country Club in California, where overnight leader Sam Burns (69) ended the tournament a stroke adrift.

Homa – who was born in nearby Burbank – still managed to reign supreme, despite a brutal lip-out on the 72nd hole, which would have sealed victory but it sent the event into a play-off instead.

"Been watching this tournament my whole life, it's why I fell in love with golf – wow, didn't think it'd be like this [choking up]," Homa said after winning for the first time since 2019.

"Tiger [Woods] another reason I'm into golf. Had good feelings this week. Been playing great. City of champions, you know – [MLB World Series champions] Dodgers, [NBA champions] Lakers and me now, so it's a weird feeling."

Cameron Smith (67) finished three shots off the pace and outright fourth, two strokes ahead of Spanish star Jon Rahm (66), Viktor Hovland (67) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (71).

World number one Dustin Johnson's title charge faded following a one-over-par 62, which left the American tied for eighth and six shots behind the leaders.

Jordan Spieth (71) – still searching for his first victory since 2017 – closed out the Genesis Invitational tied for 15th, alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele (69) and Patrick Cantlay (72).

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (69) and defending champion Adam Scott (66) responded after forgettable third rounds to finish tied for 38th at even par.

Sam Burns was two strokes clear at the top of the leaderboard when the Genesis Invitational third round was suspended due to darkness on Saturday.

Overnight leader Burns completed 13 holes before fading light brought a premature end to the penultimate round at Riviera Country Club in California, where 24 players did not finish their rounds following inclement weather earlier in the day.

The third round will resume at 06:45 (local time) in Pacific Palisades on Sunday.

American golfer Burns carried a five-shot lead into the third round of the PGA Tour tournament.

That advantage reduced to just two strokes after going two over through 13 holes, to be 10 under overall at the time of the suspension.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick (through 17) is the nearest challenger, while world number one Dustin Johnson (through 13), Wyndham Clark (through 15) and Max Homa (through 13) are lurking at seven under.

Jordan Spieth – seeking his first title since the 2017 Open Championship, is through 15 and four under as the three-time major winner and former world number one prepares to return early on Sunday morning.

Spanish star Jon Rahm managed to complete his round, carding a one-over-par 72 to be two under through 54 holes, alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele (71).

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is two over following his forgettable third-round 77, while defending champion Adam Scott (through 15) is struggling at four over.

Patrick Reed and Carlos Ortiz will take a share of the lead into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Ortiz produced the best round of the day on the South Course at Torrey Pines on Saturday as the Mexican carded a six-under 66.

He was two under through 12 holes in his third round before producing a blistering finish, which included four birdies on his final six holes.

Ortiz moved into 10 under to share a two-stroke lead with Reed, who managed a 70.

Reed endured a rollercoaster round with an eagle and three birdies on the front nine, but he needed a bridie at the last to share the lead after four bogeys between 11 and 16.

The American was involved in some controversy at the 10th hole, where he sought relief for an embedded ball that replays showed had first bounced, and the 2018 Masters champion picked it up before the rules official arrived.

Asked if in hindsight he would pick the ball up before the rules official was there, Reed told CBS: "Yes.

"Because you sit there and when you have three players, including yourself, three caddies and a volunteer that's within five yards of that golf ball and no-one says it bounced, you're going to mark it and check to see if the ball is embedded. That's what every player does.

"If no-one sees it bounce, they see that it looks like it's broken the plain in the ground, you mark the ball and you pick it up first and then when you see that it is embedded that's when you always call the rules official over, no matter what you're doing, to take the drop to make sure you're doing the drop correctly."

Jon Rahm is one of five players tied for third at eight under after the Spaniard carded an even-par 72 in the third round.

Alongside Rahm are Sam Burns (70), Lanto Griffin (72), overnight leader Viktor Hovland (73) and Adam Scott (72).

Rory McIlroy remains in contention after shooting a 70 that sees him sitting alongside Sam Ryder (69), Will Zalatoris (70) and Ryan Palmer (73) at seven under.

Justin Thomas carded an eight-under 65 to share the lead after the opening round of the Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

Two-time champion Thomas produced a bogey-free first round that included eight birdies in Kapalua, Hawaii.

The world number three, winner of the event in 2017 and 2020, made five birdies on the front nine and three on his final five holes.

Thomas shares a two-stroke lead with Harris English in the first PGA Tour event of the year.

The highlight of English's round was an eagle at the ninth hole, where he chipped in from just off the green.

On what is a congested leaderboard, six players are tied for third at six under.

Sergio Garcia, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Ryan Palmer, Im Sung-jae and Patrick Reed all opened with 67s.

Garcia won the tournament in 2002, while Reed was victorious in 2015 and has two runner-up finishes since – including last year.

Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Brendon Todd carded five-under 68s.

World number one Dustin Johnson is back in a tie for 30th after opening with a 71, while Jon Rahm carded a 70.

Adam Scott believes the absence of fans will be the biggest difference at the Masters beginning this week.

No fans will be in attendance at Augusta, where the Masters begin on Thursday after being rescheduled from April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While conditions are also set to be different – and rain is forecast throughout the major – Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, said playing without fans was undoubtedly the biggest factor.

"I think a lot's different about the year, but this week and the Masters being played in these circumstances, there's no doubt the missing galleries is going to be the biggest difference," the Australian told a news conference. 

"I've played two major championships since we've come back from this COVID break, and it couldn't be more different playing major championship golf without the spectators out there and the crowds and the atmosphere, and that is a huge difference.

"The things that will be the same is it still means the same to us all, and maybe even more so because we return to Augusta National every year. 

"Everything that the club does to make this a special event for everybody who gets to watch it, whether that's on TV, the patrons who come to the grounds or the players, it's an incredible experience, and that is why it means so much to us all. That will be the same.

"We'll be missing one element, but it is a huge element to the experience of playing the Masters."

Scott won the Genesis Invitational in February, but the world number 15 is yet to hit top form since returning to action after the coronavirus-enforced break.

In the past five events, Scott's best finish was a tie for 22nd at the US PGA Championship, while he also tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

"I think it's been very challenging for me personally, and I'm not going to sit here and complain about how difficult it's been," Scott said.

"I was in good form back then in the spring, and because of all the circumstances, it's really affected my preparation and my practice, and many things since returning. 

"I think all the guys who are based internationally and not based here in the United States would probably feel similar. It's not easy moving around at the moment, and lots of different restrictions depending where you are and where you're moving to. But coming back here this week, since testing positive, last week wasn't too bad.

"There was a lot of good stuff in there, and hopefully the work that I have done and been able to do the last couple of months will accumulate and I'll be able to finish the year with a bang here this week. Certainly my form hasn't been as good since, but everything's been very inconsistent."

Former world number one Adam Scott will miss the Zozo Championship this week after testing positive for coronavirus.

It was announced on the eve of the tournament at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, that Scott has returned a positive COVID-19 test.

The 2013 Masters champion is self-isolating and will be replaced in the field for the PGA Tour event by Jim Herman.

"While it’s difficult news to receive – as I really looked forward to playing this week – my focus now is on recovery for the final stretch of the fall," Scott said

The Australian has won 14 PGA Tour titles, most recently at the Genesis Invitational in February.

FedEx Cup leader Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are tied for the BMW Championship lead following Saturday's third round.

American star Johnson and Japan's Matsuyama both carded 69s to top the leaderboard at one under through 54 holes in Illinois, where the pair hold a two-stroke advantage.

Johnson cruised to victory at last week's opening FedEx Cup play-off event – The Northern Trust – and he has maintained his form at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

Projected to retain his position atop the FedEx Cup standings ahead of Matsuyama, two-time BMW Championship winner Johnson had three birdies and two bogeys to rise two positions on day three.

Matsuyama – a five-time PGA Tour champion but without a title since 2017 – enjoyed a mixed day, with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys in tough scoring conditions.

Joaquin Niemann (68), Mackenzie Hughes (69) and Adam Scott (70) are tied for third at one over heading into Sunday's final round.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is among six players a shot further back following his three-over-par 73.

McIlroy was co-leader heading into the penultimate round but the former world number one struggled – five bogeys and just two birdies seeing the 2012 winner slide down the leaderboard.

Jon Rahm (66), Sebastian Munoz (67), Kevin Kisner (70), Bubba Watson (70) and Brendon Todd (71) are also two over.

Defending champion Justin Thomas (71), meanwhile, is eight over following his third consecutive round in the 70s.

Tiger Woods' struggles continued as the 15-time major champion looks set to miss out on the Tour Championship ahead of the U.S. Open.

With the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship, where Woods is a three-time champion, the 44-year-old is projected to be 65th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Rory McIlroy carded a one-under 69 to be in a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the BMW Championship.

Looking for his first win of 2020, the Northern Irishman sits at one under in difficult conditions at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

McIlroy got to three under in his second round at the FedEx Cup play-offs event, but dropped two shots on his final five holes.

The 2012 champion shares a one-stroke lead with American Patrick Cantlay (68).

Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama (73) and world number one Dustin Johnson (69) are tied for third.

A two-time winner of the tournament, Johnson made back-to-back birdies to finish his round.

Adam Scott (69), Brendon Todd (68), Louis Oosthuizen (69), Tony Finau (71) and Billy Horschel (71) are tied for fifth at one over.

A shot further back are Mackenzie Hughes (73), Kevin Kisner (70) and Bubba Watson (70).

Defending champion Justin Thomas fell further back, carding a four-over 74 to be at seven over.

While there is no 36-hole cut at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods and Jason Day are in danger of missing the Tour Championship.

Woods struggled to a 75 to be at eight over, two shots better off than Day (74).

With the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship, Woods is projected to be 63rd in the FedEx Cup standings, while Day is 58th.

Adam Scott ended a four-year wait for victory on the PGA Tour with a two-stroke win at the Genesis Invitational on Sunday.

The Australian secured his 14th PGA Tour win and first since March 2016 with his success at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Scott, 39, carded a one-under 70 in the final round to finish at 11 under.

Winner of the tournament in 2005 and a two-time runner-up, Scott mixed five birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey in the deciding round.

"It's amazing. I've loved this place from day one and it was tough out there today," he told CBS after his win.

"But the crowd is incredible, I feel like they're on my side here believe it or not and I'm stoked with this."

Scott finished two shots clear of Sung Kang (69), Scott Brown (68) and Matt Kuchar (72).

Rory McIlroy and Kuchar faltered after entering the final round in a three-way tie for the lead with Scott.

World number one McIlroy struggled to a two-over 73 that included a triple bogey at the par-four fifth hole.

McIlroy finished tied for fifth alongside Bryson DeChambeau (69), Max Homa (70) and Joel Dahmen (71), while Dustin Johnson (72) was tied for 10th.

Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosted the event, fired a final-round 77 that saw him finish at 11 over and in 68th.

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

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