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Playing in the final group, Viktor Hovland swallowed a 1-under-par 34-37=71 during round four of the Workday Charity Open, finishing the week on 15-under 273 to secure a solo third on the final leaderboard.
The Oklahoma State product started two strokes off the 54-hole lead set by Justin Thomas and Hovland pumped his foot on the gas early with a three-hole birdie train beginning at the par-4 third hole. The par-4 sixth is where his round took a turn for the worse as he found water on his approach, leading to a bogey. That sapped all of the energy from his game and he stumbled home with one birdie and two bogeys on the homeward nine. Hovland walked off the course losing 2.35 strokes putting today which is already the ninth time in his young career that he's lost two or more strokes putting in a measured round. This wasn't the round that he wanted today but there are still plenty of positives to talk away from the week as it will go in the books as his fifth straight top 25 since return from break and also the second podium finish of his career (win at the 2020 Puerto Rico Open).
Added 2:03 pm (EST)
Jon Rahm had no chance of contending but that didn't stop him from giving his all on Sunday as he blitzed Muirfield Village Golf Club to the tune of an 8-under-par 32-32=64, recording the low round of the day to reach 7-under 281 at week's end (T27).
Rahm missed the cut in his 2018 debut at Muirfield Village and it was more lackluster play this week (by his lofty standards). He opened with rounds of 72-70-75 but figured something out today. The Spaniard split 11 (of 14) fairways and then peppered 15 greens in regulation, going flag-hunting from the start. That resulted in +4.314 strokes gained on approach, the second-best measured approach round of his TOUR career (+5.5 at the 2019 PLAYERS). The product was eight birdies and an eagle to offset a pair of bogeys today. His 8-under 64 was the low round of the day and will give him some nice momentum heading into the Memorial Tournament, also played at Muirfield Village GC.
Added 1:52 pm (EST)
Chase Seiffert steadied a 5-under-par 32-35=67 during day four of the Workday Charity Open, signing off with a 14-under 274 on the week (solo fourth) which will go in the books as his first top 5 on the PGA TOUR.
Seiffert kept the ball in front of him today as he piped 13-of-14 fairways which was a big improvement over 7 and 6 in the last two days. He didn't capitalize on that position with the irons, landing just 11 greens. However, his highlight of the day came on approach as he holed out with a wedge from 129 yards after making an error on his layup (hit into the water). That came just two holes after draining a 41'6" birdie bomb at the ninth. The PGA TOUR's rookie had just one previous top 20 on his TOUR resume (T9 at the 2018 Travelers Championship) so this will become his new personal best and also move him up to 109th in the projected FedExCup standings.
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Kevin Streelman had the air popped out of his balloon on the back nine at Muirfield Village today as he settled for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 during round three of the Workday Charity Open, maintaining a spot inside the top 5 heading into Sunday.
Streelman opened 70-64 to find himself in a share of second place after round two. He kicked in birdies on each of the par 5s on the front side but found himself outside of 20 feet for birdie on every other hole before the turn. It was an impressive effort to keep a clean card on the outward nine but the bogeys started to pile up on his way into the house, trading three bogeys with a pair of birdies on his homeward nine. The putter went cold today (-1.079 SG Putting) but he's still in good position to strike, starting Sunday just five shots off the pacesetter Justin Thomas. He ranks T2 in fairways hit this week and T5 in GIR. That's a recipe for success on any course.
Added Yesterday 9:03 pm (EST)
Sam Burns kept his name in the mix with a 2-under-par 36-35=70 during round three of the Workday Charity Open, penciling 11-under 205 after three days of action, currently T4 on the live leaderboard.
Burns played steady golf with 10 (of 14) fairways hit and 15 greens landed in regulation. He now ranks T9 in GIR for the week (40-of-54). He's known for his power off the tee and lights-out putting but his irons have also been dialed in this week as he's accumulated 3.306 strokes gained approach over 54 holes. That would already be his fourth-best recorded event in his career with one round to add on to the total. This round continues his streak of contending as he's now been positioned at T30 or better in 10 straight rounds. His career-best finish is a T3 at the 2018 Sanderson Farms which remains his only top 5 on TOUR. He's hoping to change that tomorrow.
Added Yesterday 8:45 pm (EST)
Overnight leader Collin Morikawa settled for an even-par 35-37=72 during round three of the Workday Charity Open, falling into solo third after 54 holes with a three-day tally of 13-under 203.
Morikawa was sleeping on his first 36-hole lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR and he came out flat. His elite iron play dipped as he landed just 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.533 strokes on approach in the process. That left him in a lot of stick situations that he was sometime lucky to only escape with a bogey and nothing worse. Overall, a day to forget for the Cal-Berkely product but he's already put it behind. "iron distances weren't working. Couldn't really figure out wind directions, how much to adjust. But whole new day tomorrow and kind of glad I fought it out through even par and got myself three back, so that can change really quickly tomorrow." He should have much calmer conditions tomorrow morning as tee times were moved up to account for dangerous weather in the afternoon.
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Monday Qualifier MJ Daffue blitzed Muirfield Village Golf Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 7-under-par 34-31=65 during round three of the Workday Charity Open, climbing 35 spots into a share of 8th place as he's accumulated a 9-under 207 through 54 holes.
Daffue needed a birdie on the last hole of his second round this morning to make the cut and now 18 holes later he finds himself inside of the top 10. "I think I got everything out of my round I could. I had a chip-in and made some par putts, but I've been seeing the lines very good." That sums up the day as he landed just 12 greens in regulation but gained 4.1 strokes putting on the round. He rolled in six putts from outside of 10 feet today. Daffue has just one other career PGA TOUR start, a T52 at this year's Puerto Rico Open. Relying on Monday Qs to earn his starts, the South African went 6-for-9 on the Korn Ferry Tour last season, all of them doubling as top 30s. The goal for tomorrow will be to remain inside the top 10, "I'm trying to get top 10 so I can go play in Minnesota. You know, all I can do is just hit a lot of greens in regulation and see where I end up, I guess."
Added Yesterday 7:37 pm (EST)
Viktor Hovland kept his foot on the gas with a 6-under-par 32-34=66 during round three of the Workday Charity Open, reaching 14-under 202 after 54 holes, earning himself a final-group tee time alongside Justin Thomas (-16) and Collin Morikawa (-13).
The young Norwegian continued his aerial assault on Muirfield Village Golf Club. He gained 2.122 strokes off-the-tee today to reach +5.166 SG OTT for the week, good for best in the field. That has eliminated a lot of the stress as he continues his tournament debut at Jack's Place. It didn't look to success out of the gate, though, as he started the week with three bogeys and seven pars but he's 17-under over his last 44 holes. This will be the fourth time he's entering the final round inside the top 10 of a PGA TOUR event. He's shot rounds of 65, 66, and 70 in those three previous events. He ranks 1st in the field this week in birdies (20) and also has an eagle on his card. Gamers should expect plenty of fireworks, potentially good and bad, on Sunday morning.
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