DORAL, Fla. - J.B. Holmes and Dustin Johnson each made a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole in a span of 20 minutes. Holmes was in a league of his own in the final hour Saturday at the Cadillac Championship.
His advantage down to 1 shot, Holmes answered by running off four straight birdies in the rain to expand his lead to the largest it has been all week. He closed with a bogey for a 2-under 70, leaving him 5 shots ahead of Johnson and Masters champion Bubba Watson.
On a day of two aces, five other eagles on par 4s and even a scuba driver retrieving the 3-iron that Rory McIlroy heaved into the lake the day before, Holmes took some of the drama out of Doral with his late surge.
Johnson, who made his ace with a 7-iron from 207 yards, converted a birdie on the par-4 16th to get within one shot. Holmes appeared to be struggling, with two bogeys on par 5s and only the hole-in-one keeping him in front. But the big hitter from Kentucky poured in a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 14, and he was on his way.
Holmes went at the flag on the par-3 15th and made a 12-foot birdie putt. From the back bunker on the reachable 16th, he blasted out to tap-in range for another birdie. And as the rain came down harder, he got even better. He drilled a 333-yard drive down the middle of the 17th fairway and holed another 12-foot birdie putt.
He ended with a bogey from the palm trees and fell back to 11-under 205.
SINGAPORE - Inbee Park shot a 4-under 68 to take a 2-stroke lead after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
Park had four birdies in a bogey-free round at Sentosa Golf Club to finish at 13-under 203, 2 strokes ahead of top-ranked Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis, who both shot 67. The 17-year-old Ko is bidding for her seventh career LPGA victory.
Anna Nordqvist had a 68 and was tied for fourth with Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz 4 strokes off the pace.