Woods withdraws, Pereira hits the front and Fitzpatrick changes clubs

Could Mito Pereira become the first Chilean to win a Major later this evening as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

He birdied the final hole to card an impressive 69 in mixed conditions to snatch the lead from Will Zalatoris who fell back with a third round 73. The 2020 DP World Championship winner, Matt Fitzpatrick, was one of only a handful of players to finish under par for the day, and his round of 67 tied him with Zalatoris in second place.

 

Fitzpatrick worn out

Fitzpatrick made a last minute equipment change and it paid off. Not many wear out a four iron or even switch clubs on moving day but the Englishman certainly made the right choice, as he explained in an interview with Sky Sports:

“I’ve got a big thank you to Liam McDougal from Titleist actually. My 4 iron was worn out.  I changed the model and I hit so many great shots with it today. So, a big thank you to him, as it worked well.”

Big names slide

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas shot a pair 74s to all but take themselves out of contention on Moving Day. McIlroy’s round featured a double and triple bogey on short par 3s as well as a near hole-in-one on the 14th. Still in contention are the likes of Cam Young, Abraham Ancer and Seamus Power who are four, five and six shots back respectively.

 

Tiger looks to St Andrews

Tiger Woods posted a 79 and was +12 for the tournament and it came as no shock that he withdrew from the tournament. Despite his valiant second round to make the cut you could see he was struggling physically, and his focus will now be on preparing for The Open.  St. Andrews will be much easier on his body than Augusta and Southern Hills and we all know he’s comfortable at the Home of Golf.

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