Morikawa pulls away in the Bahamas and takes a big step towards No.1


Nassau in the Bahamas — Tiger Woods participated in the Hero World Challenge broadcast booth. What I saw from Collin Morikawa must have been familiar.

Morikawa created the Albany Golf Club on Saturday to build a five-shot lead in Brooks Koepka. And too many chasers disappeared from the battle with a series of mistakes, and it seemed inevitable for Morikawa to win the next.

In the first bogey free round of the week, 8 Under 64, Morikawa took a big step towards becoming the best in the world.

“You love being in these places and you don’t get them every week,” Morikawa said. “I want to do it. But when I do, I want to take advantage of them. So hopefully we can take advantage of tomorrow.”

Morikawa chipped into the eagle on the 3rd hole of par 5. His 10-foot birdie putt on the 9th hole gave him a lead. And he shifted to another gear with a series of smart shots that he performed perfectly. There were some par putts to keep the momentum and I saved from the bunker in the last hole to keep the distance.

Koepka fell back with a soft chip that didn’t climb the hill in 8th place on par 3, leading to a double bogey. He was bogey free on the rest of the 69 roads and at least put him in the final group.

“Keep doing what I’m doing, play well and expect the best,” Koepka said.

Brooks Koepka of the United States is watching a shot on the second tee of the third day of the Hero World Challenge PGA Tour at the Albany Golf Club in New Providence, The Bahamas on December 4, 2021. (Fernando Llano / AP Photo)

Morikawa will stay at the top of the rankings with a win, but only for a week based on a two-year rolling formula. Still, since the rankings began in 1986, only the other 24 players have been number one.

Morikawa was between the ages of 18 and 198, aiming for the second straight victory. He left the Sunday rally in Dubai to win the DP World Tour Championship and became the first American to become the number one player on the European Tour.

“I’m not playing crazy or doing stupid things,” he said. “I’m demonstrating my strengths and I need to maintain them. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. If I’m not good at tee shots, I might play back, but overall So far, I’m very happy with the game. “

Shortly after Morikawa finished the opening hall of the final group, about 12 spectators remained behind and headed behind Albany’s driving range to see someone who wasn’t part of the 20 field: Woods.

He may tee up another day, this time with a driver, 10 months after a car accident that severely injured his right leg, and two weeks after a PNC championship with his 12-year-old son Charlie. It fueled speculation that it couldn’t be done.

The tournament organizer holds a spot in the field for him.

Woods wasn’t ready to promise it, and his return to the PGA Tour remained as uncertain as when he spoke to the media earlier in the week.

“I can hit it,” he said at the NBC booth during the tournament. “It doesn’t go that far.” Leaning on another joke, he said he didn’t hit it as short as “I can hear it land.”

But he said he had a lot to do with his health and that playing the best golf was a long way off.

Tiger Woods (L) set the ball on December 4, 2021 during a practice session at the Albany Golf Club in New Providence, The Bahamas. (Fernando Llano / AP photo)

Bryson DeChambeau started the third round with a one-shot lead, which ended shortly thereafter. He hit the crowd behind the green. It was a good break for him when it caromed back and rolled down about 15 feet from the slope to the putting surface. And he three-putted the bogey.

He shot 73 and is now eight shots behind.

Sam Burns made a big run on the eagle on the 11th of the par 5, followed by four straight birdies within two shots of Morikawa. However, he took the bogey on the 17th of the par 3 and finished the round with a double bogey of 68, leaving a six.

Daniel Berger recovered by making two eagle from the ball and double bogey lost in the third hole of par 5, but dropped two shots in the last three holes and made a tee shot at the water hazard on the 18th. include. He is 69, which is also six behind.

They joined Viktor Hovland and Patrick Reed, who had 67 respectively, and Tony Finau, who bogey two of his last three holes at 70, in a third tie.

Rory McIlroy, who started the holiday event with a lead share, didn’t have a chance to get involved in the fight after winning 4 bogies 9 on the 11th hole. He had 75.

The only other roundover par is from Jordan Spieth, who played for the first time since becoming a father. His ball moved to the 18th green and forgot to change the ball, resulting in a two-shot penalty of 75.

Doug Ferguson

Associated Press