Moving day is over and Paige Pierce retains her lead in the FPO, holding on to a encouraging six stroke lead over her closest competitor, Sarah Hokom. In the MPO, the
leaderboard has been mixed up again. Tied for first at 29 under par is Paul McBeth and Simon Lizotte. Three strokes behind the leaders, tied for third is Nate Sexton and Ricky Wysocki at 26 under par.
Paige Pierce, at 3 under par, is the only player in an open division to hold on to their lead spot after any round this week. She is doing so by playing first and foremost, smart golf. Pierce may be leading the pack but she is in third place for total number of birdies with 11. Currently, Catrina Allen leads the FPO in total birdies, she has thrown 14. Birdies alone won’t get you to the top of the pack though, Allen has been held back by carding 14 holes above par. The separator between these two is the scramble – in this category, Pierce leads the FPO division at a 81% scramble rate, while Allen has only be able to scramble for par or better 51.9% of the time. All signs point to Pierce maintaining her momentum, but don’t count the competition out just yet. Read our full FPO coverage here.
In the MPO division the top spots have shuffled again, though the lead card will remain filled with familiar names. The first shift happened before the first shot was thrown. Ricky Wysocki’s score card had three incorrect scores* on it and the total was wrong, resulting in a two-stroke penalty plus on his correct score (one higher than reported). This resulted in Wysocki still being on the lead card but being one stroke off the lead instead of having a lead. Lizotte and McBeth stepped up to the 18th hole today tied at a total 28 under par. McBeth, 16 ft off the basket, Lizotte, farther, a few feet shy of circle one’s edge. Without hesitation Lizotte confidently drained his putt. Paul following suit. The two are now tied for first at a total of 29 under par. Welcome back Simon.
Tying McBeth for the hot round of the day at the Vista Del Camino Park Disc Golf course, at 11 under par on the day, is Nate Sexton. Sexton played well enough to knock Cale Leiviska off the top card. For the final round our lead card is an all-star cast, McBeth, Lizotte, Sexton, and Wysocki. At the final round of this event in 2013, Paul McBeth threw the highest rated round in disc golf, a 39 on the par 56 Fountain Hills course. McBeth plays well under pressure, but the rest of the top card will be focused on clenching their first Memorial Championship Presented by Discraft win. Read the full coverage of the MPO third round here.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour is headed back to Fountain Hills Disc Golf Course tomorrow for the final round of the Memorial Championship Presented by Discraft. Expect a dramatic day with some high pressure, low scoring rounds. Tune in for live coverage and more tournament recap articles tomorrow.
*The error was the result of miscommunication between the players when writing down the scores. Conversations were had with all players on the lead card from day 2 and there was clearly no intention to deceive. Two scores were recorded as one below what Ricky shot and one was recorded as one above his actual score. Terry Miller and Michael Downes, our PDGA Tour Manager, discussed the situation to open the broadcast yesterday.
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