Ace helps Holmes retain Miami lead

JB Holmes hit a hole-in-one at the par-three fourth to ensure that he has a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.

Holmes’ ace was the second of the day after fellow American Dustin Johnson, who lies second, achieved the same feat earlier on Saturday.

It was another good day out for Holmes who extended his overnight lead with four late birdies to reach 11 under.

Johnson and Bubba Watson are tied at six under, while world number one Rory McIlroy, who threw is three iron in the water during the second round, is well back on one under after his round of 72.

A scuba diver had to retrieve McIlroy’s discarded club and could be required again after Germany’s Marcel Siem reacted to a double bogey during his third round by launching his three iron into the same stretch of water, nicknamed the ‘Blue Monster’.

Playing partner Jason Day was overheard saying to his caddie: “He’s just done a Rory.”

Holmes meanwhile opened with a bogey and, after his ace at the fourth, also dropped shots at the seventh and the 12th.

His lead was down to one shot when Johnson converted a birdie chance on the 16th.
But moments later on the 14th hole Holmes holed a 12-footer for a birdie and despite a bogey at the last hole he finished with a 70.

Watson ended with a birdie for a 70 while Johnson finished with a 69 after dropping a shot at the 18th – the pair are both on six under.