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J.B. Holmes takes 5-shot lead on Day 3 at WGC-Cadillac in Doral

dneal@MiamiHerald.com

First- and second-round leader J.B. Holmes jumped from co-leader of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship early in Saturday's third round to five-shot leader in the space of two holes.

Holmes' hole-in-one on the par-3,227-yard No. 4 pushed him to 1-under for the day and 10-under for the tournament. Hole marshals slapped each other on the back and congratulated each other on their good fortune — Dustin Johnson holed out off the tee two groups previous — while Holmes fist-bumped fans on the way to No. 5.

It's an only-in-golf turnaround from No. 1. The par-5 gave up birdies by the bushel again. Moore collected his while Holmes shockingly three-putted for a bogey. That eliminated Holmes’ two-shot lead and put them both at 8-under.

Moore got in trouble off the tee of the par-4 No. 3, his drive going west of the golf cart path. His second shot clipped a branch, dropping it into a fairway bunker. Shot No. 3 found the water. The eventual triple bogey put Moore three shots back when Holmes, who went in the water there Friday, parred the hole with a baby putt. Adam Scott, in the group before the leaders, bogeyed No. 3 also to fall back to 6-under.

So Holmes took a two-shot lead to No. 4. As his tee shot hit the green, a marshal said, "That could go in the hole."

And so it did, bringing an air-punching boogie out of Holmes.

Over the next two holes, Adam Scott fell to 4-under for the tournament, leading Johnson and Sergio Garcia in second at 5-under.

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