Looks like we’re set for a brilliant finish to the 2022 PGA Tournament at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a possible new winner tomorrow from this Top 6 cohort, who all haven’t yet won a major before. Mito Perera from Chile is your man leading right now where he’s on the cusp of his first ever major at -9 (201) ahead of Day 2 leader Will Zalatoris -6 (204), who is still in contention despite a poor run today of three-over par 73.
There’s plenty of new emerging competitors from out of nowhere to outside favourites after Day 3; Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick is Tied 2nd with Zalatoris after an outstanding Round 3 score of three-under 67, while Cameron Young is 4th, Irishman Seamus Power in 6th ahead of Stewart Cink, and Mexican Abraham Ancer never looked out of place within the Top 5, despite some small drops so far throughout this tournament.
Although it’s great to see our Aussie Lucas Herbert rebound following a great Day 3 run of two-under 68 at one under in Tied 10th, he needs another extraordinary score tomorrow to stay in this fight. A win would be a miracle moment to sum up on what has been an incredible run as a underdog. But he will need to close down Perera by eight strokes & pray for the other competitors above him to score poorly, which is going to be a tough ask. He will at least be happy to target Top 5-7, then Herbert hopes to go all in next month at the US Open & try to bring home a major for Australia.
Speaking of another Aussie, Cam Smith once again struggled today where he now sits at one-over par (Tied 23rd) following a score of three over 73. It’s not a good look having fired off well in the Top 10 on Day 1, then he began to slip away through the leaderboard ever since. All Smith can do now is finish off strong in the Top 10-15 where he was unable to build on from his outstanding Masters campaign last month in 3rd.
And Tiger Woods’s comeback journey continued to be a stop start when his score of 79 today saw him pull out of this tournament over persistent leg issues that was sustained from his freak car accident earlier last year.