Saturday’s round was a tribute to the challenge offered by TPC Harding Park. DJ, Scheffler and Morikawa rose to the top of the standings posting 65s, but the late afternoon groups were left in the grip of foggy and windy conditions which made scoring difficult. In the last four games of the course, only two players, Champ and Koepka, scored below par on Saturday.
Read on for a breakdown of the top of the leaderboard with the best names to watch out for before Sunday.
1. Dustin Johnson (-9): Machine scoring this week, DJ has 17 birdies in three rounds. While his 65 on Saturday were tied for the round of the day – and his eight birdies were the best of any grand tour of his career – it could have been even better if it weren’t for a bogey at No.6 and a double bogey at No 9. Even though the putter let him down on that brace he was out of play on the greens otherwise and now has a chance to make another run at his first PGA Championship after a second place finish. a year ago at Bethpage Black.
T2. Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ (-8): Rookie (Scheffler) and Rising Star (Champ) represent the closest thing to a dark horse in this heavyweight battle, as even Morikawa became an established name with his post-layoff victory and storytelling. of his sequence of cuts. Champ has the success of the PGA Tour to his name that could give him a head start in the maturing process, but Scheffler hasn’t let his inexperience as a pro take a toll on his comfort at TPC Harding Park. The rookie says the course fits his style, and after shooting a 66 on Thursday and a 65 on Saturday, he must be seen as a threat to crush the party on Sunday.
T4. Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Paul Casey (-7): There is nothing more appealing than seeing Koepka bounce back from three consecutive bogeys on the last nine to birdie two of his last three holes and then say his play was better than the score reflects. Confidence is not in the short for the two-time defending champion as he attempts a hat-trick on Sunday, although it will take a little better play on the approach shots to avoid the kind of setbacks that put him back two shots. Morikawa defied his game’s expectations with a hot putter in his rise in the leaderboard, while Casey will look to change the narrative around his game as a solid player who ends up a shot or two away from the trophy at the end of the game. championship.
T7. Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood (-6): Just an absolute group of cleats here three shots from the head with two big winners and two of the players with wins since the restart included in the peloton. DeChambeau had an excellent Saturday with seven birdies, the last of which was a 95-footer to close his round of 66. Day and Fleetwood faced some of the toughest conditions on the course as some of the last players had some highs and lows. stockings. in their race tied. There was no lack of spark that might indicate a faint from contention, although the pace will require a score of three or four better shots (minimum) to chase the leader.
T13. Haotong Li, Xander Schauffele, Matthew Wolff, Si Woo Kim, Joel Dahmen (-5): Li didn’t miss his chance to win the PGA Championship on Saturday, but temperamental controls and the lack of nine rear bogeys made the proposition much more difficult after the 54-hole leader shot a 73 on Saturday. A 67 or 68 is not out of the realm of possibilities, but it will need the leaders to fall back for any chance of winning. Of this group, the player most likely to win a 65 and the challenge for the title is likely ScHotele, thought this would mark a significant improvement after shooting even by Friday and just one under Saturday.
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