1. Justin Thomas (-16) – JT folded a shot in the 15th par-5 hole on Saturday at 253 yards which seemed to be coming out of the property depending on how he got out of the club. Instead, he had a 43-foot eagle putt. His ability to shape shots is incredible, and when you combine it with the rest of his tools, it’s easy to see why he’s one of the top three players in the world. Thomas continued to birdie this 15th hole, one of 16 he has done so far this week. And as unbeatable as Morikawa watched the first two days, JT just kept his head down, kept doing his thing and let Morikawa come back to him. He unwound it, and now he’s leading it by three and Viktor Hovland by two. It is problematic for young people.
2. Viktor Hovland (-14) – For the second day in a row, Hovland had an eagle putt in the 14th par-4. He led the green in heat 3 with a 3-wood (he was a pilot in heat 2) and made an easy birdie, one of the eight for him on the day. The scary part here is that he hasn’t put it on yet. Hovland crushes – as he normally does – from tee to green (he is probably one of the top three ball drivers in the world), and the short game seems much improved. I am delighted to see what we receive from him on Sunday, especially with JT in the same group and so much at stake.
3. Collin Morikawa (-13) – Difficult day for Morikawa, difficult day for me. I declared the tournament several times on Friday, when Morikawa absolutely destroyed the field, but he backed off a bit on Saturday in the third round. but the problem started at the 9th par-4 hole where he missed a 4-foot putt and made his first bogey of the day. Two more followed in the next three holes as JT overtook him. Morikawa had unusual difficulties with his iron game, which is unlikely to happen two days in a row. The important part is that he made his way into the final group Sunday morning alongside Thomas and Hovland.
5. Sam Burns et T5. Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini (-10) – Poulter is first on the field this week in putt, which is probably unsustainable in the long run, but it gave him a great start to the week with 54 holes and put him in position for another great finish. He’ll need something sizzling to catch Thomas, Morikawa or Hovland, but it has always been a really impressive performance so far.
T8. Gary Woodland (-9 ans) – Woodland changed driver this week, and it works. He is third in driving and in the top 10 of the ranking. His game is therefore perfectly suited to a place like Muirfield Village given his ability to hit as many different types of shots. I love watching him work the ball, and when the putter is hot like in the second and third rounds (top 10 both days), it will almost always be in the standings.
T8. Rickie Fowler, Chase Seiffert, Hideki Matsuyama, MJ Daffue (-9) – Fowler improved three hits each day. Even on Thursday, 3 under Friday and 6 under Saturday. Launch his 69-67 this weekend at Detroit Golf Club last week, and suddenly his game is headed in the right direction. Even more encouraging is the fact that he is in the top 15 from tee to green this week in a better field than that of last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He is too far to win, but he should be locked up for the Memorial next weekend.
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