Hovland leads 3R by 6 strokes in Tour Championship
Hovland is just six strokes away from winning the Tour Championship.
World No. 5 Viktor Hovland (NOR) is one shot away from winning the Tour Championship in the final U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour playoff.
Hovland carded five birdies and a bogey in the third round of the tournament at the par-70 East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Sunday (Sept. 27) for a 4-under 66 and a 20-under 198 total.
He is six strokes ahead of second-place Xander Schauffele (USA) and has a very good chance of winning.
If Hovland wins, it will be his second straight victory, following the BMW Championship in the second round of the playoffs.
A victory at the BMW Championship would be even more valuable than his five previous PGA Tour victories, as it would come with a $18 million first-place prize in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Hovlan, who entered the tournament at 8-under-par with a bonus stroke at No. 2 in the FedExCup standings after winning the BMW Championship, shot a two-stroke lead after the first round and then a four-stroke lead after the second round, and dominated on the day to extend his lead over second place.
“I’ve never led by this many strokes before,” said Hovlan, “I feel like my game is more complete and I can overcome a few mistakes. It would be awesome to have my name on the FedExCup trophy,” he said with confidence and excitement.
Shofley dropped two strokes on the day.
Shofley, who has never shot over par at East Lake Golf Club, said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do in the final round tomorrow except try to put as much pressure on him as I can,” adding, “He’s the only one who practices until the sun goes down. She works really hard,” he said, praising Hovlan.
Colin Morikawa (USA), who was tied for the lead with Hovlan after the second round, dropped three strokes and slipped into a tie for third place with Keegan Bradley (USA) at 13-under-par 200.
World No. 1 Scott Schauffler (USA), who entered the Tour Championship as the FedExCup No. 1 and was 10-under par, dropped three strokes to finish tied for fifth (11-under 201).
Defending champion Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) is tied for eighth (9-under par 202), making it difficult for him to win a second straight title.
The Koreans, who fielded a record three players in the tournament, which is limited to just 30 players, slipped to the bottom of the leaderboard.
Kim Joo-hyung carded two double bogeys on the day to finish with a 2-over-par 72 and tied for 24th (3-under-par 209), while Lim Sung-jae and Kim Si-woo both cut two strokes off their rounds but were only able to move up one spot to tie for 25th (2-under-par 210).
Meanwhile, 먹튀검증토토사이트 the third round of play was suspended and resumed due to inclement weather, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius and high humidity making it difficult for the players.