American Scottie Scheffler was having a frustrating day until Saturday’s third round at the PGA Tour Championship was interrupted by thunderstorms, but he still has a one-shot priority over second place.
Scheffler, who, it should be recalled, started the tournament at -10 thanks to his FedEx Cup standings, had to settle for playing par on 12 holes before hostilities ended. He birdied and bogeyed and kept his cumulative card at -19.
Compatriot and playing partner Xander Schauffele continued to build up, but had a rollercoaster day. He had four birdies but was fouled three times, putting him in second place at -18.
Sungjae Im held on, dropping his score by four shots before being stopped at the 14th flag. He completes the top 3 at -16, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy.
Among the golfers who had time to complete the course in Atlanta, Hideki Matsuyama performed best. The Japanese climbed six places to ninth thanks to an impressive lap of 63 (-7).
As for him, Canadian Corey Conners couldn’t improve his lot. He shot 71 (+1) and was back at the bottom of the field again, level on points with Americans Scott Stallings and Sahith Theegala.
A total of 14 golfers saw their day come to an end early and have to complete their third round on Sunday morning.
Cameron Smith, next member of LIV?
Australia’s Cameron Smith, the world’s second player, would be the next golfer to leave the PGA to join the Saudi LIV circuit.
This was reported by multiple sources including the Golf Channel on Saturday.
Smith, the defending champion of the PGA Players Championship, is said to have been brought over to the LIV Tour, as have established players Joaquin Niemann, Marc Leishman, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Anirban Lahiri and Mito Pereira.
Smith is currently tied for 18th in the PGA TOUR Championship after posting a 68(-2) card on Saturday.
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