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Hovland with another strong round – two strokes behind the leader in the PGA Championship

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Viktor Hovland is in the top tier of the American PGA Championship after half-playing the 3rd round on Saturday. Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 19.05.2024 01:09:29

Sport: With birdies on three of the last four holes, he could sign for a new round of 66, and with 13 strokes under par, he is in joint 4th place, two strokes behind leaders Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.

Sahith Theegala is alone in 3rd place one stroke behind the tight duo, one ahead of Hovland, Shane Lowry and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Norwegian came to Louisville after making another coaching change in pursuit of last year’s form. He has resumed his collaboration with Joe Mayo, who helped him to great success last year.

On Saturday he had to wait to get started as many of the others had to finish the interrupted 2nd round first.

For Hovland, there were pars on the first six holes, but then he struck with two birdies in a row. He had the chance for a hat trick, but missed a birdie putt from three meters on the 9th hole.

Despite several good birdie chances, there were only par until the 15th hole. There came the third birdie of the day, and on the last two holes numbers four and five came.

Rahm had made the cut in 18 consecutive majors, the longest active streak of anyone. Now it is Hideki Matsuyama who takes over that honor. He has 16 straight.

Among the others who were not allowed to play further were Ludvig Åberg (second in the US Masters) and reigning US Open champion Wyndham Clark.

Scottie Scheffler, who was arrested by the police on Friday and charged with violence against a police officer and reckless driving, fell sharply on Saturday after being completely in the top layer halfway through.

– I made far too many mistakes today, he said after Saturday’s round of 73.

Hovland has impressed on the court in Louisville. After a round of 68 on Thursday, he delivered a strong round of 66 on Friday, which included an eagle on the 4th hole. He hit the shot straight into the cup from 70 metres.

Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods were among many big names who had to realize earlier in the day that they did not make the cut, which for the first time in the history of the tournament went below par.

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