Sport Collin Morikawa holds five-shot lead in Hero World Challenge

01:40  05 december  2021
01:40  05 december  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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Collin Morikawa , seeking a victory to become world number one, fired an eight-under par 64 to seize a five -stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the Hero World Challenge . The 24-year-old American made six birdies and an eagle chip-in to stand on 18-under 198 after 54 holes in the 20-man invitational hosted by Tiger Woods at the Albany resort in the Bahamas. Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, ranked 16th, shot 69 to stand second on 203 and join the reigning British Open champion in Sunday's last pairing.

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As Tiger Woods delivered further encouragement about a potential comeback before the end of the year, the new kid on the block was turning his Hero World Challenge into a one-horse race in the Bahamas.

  Collin Morikawa holds five-shot lead in Hero World Challenge © Collin Morikawa smiles after chipping in for an eagle at the third in the third round of the Hero Wo...

Following a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 in the third round, Open champion Collin Morikawa opened up a five-shot lead at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, where Woods is the tournament host.

As the penultimate circuit was taking place, Woods excited his fans by being photographed hitting drivers during an hour-long session on the range here in the week he’d made his first public appearance since a car crash in February that left him with serious leg injuries.

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World number seven Bryson DeChambeau moved into the lead at the Hero World Challenge , but Collin Morikawa is in hot pursuit. Daniel Lewis. Rory McIlroy, who held a share of the first-round lead with Daniel Berger and Abraham Ancer, shot a one under-par 71 on Friday to slip four off the pace. Berger is fifth after a round of 69, while Ancer's 73 – which included five bogeys – saw him drop outside the top 10.

World No. 2 Morikawa , who will make his maiden appearance, heads into the Albany Golf Club on the back of a sensational year that includs winning his second Major (the Open Championship) besides clinching the Ryder Cup and claiming the European Tour's season-long points race, the Race to Dubai. The world No. 8 from Northern Ireland seems to have found his mojo back after an inconsistent run earlier this year. He won the CJ Cup in October. He was agonisingly close to winning the DP World Tour Championship but a bad break in the final round saw him finish sixth last month.

It is being reported that the 15-time major winner could be set to make his comeback in the PNC Championship in Florida later this month alongside his son, Charlie.

That would be a welcome sight but, with all due respect to Woods, the future is about others and Morikawa certainly looks as though he’s intent on doing something special in the game himself.

The 24-year-old came up on the rails a fortnight ago to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and, in the process, become the first American to top the Race to Dubai.

He’s hit the front a lot earlier here as he bids to land a fourth title triumph in 2021 and one that would see him topple Jon Rahm as world No 1, albeit just for two weeks.

It’s only the second time that Morikawa has held a 54-hole lead, having been one in front at the same stage before going on to win the WGC-Workday Championship in Florida earlier in the year.

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Collin Morikawa stuns golf by winning first major after lockdown at the USPGA Championship - but no fans were there to see young star hold off Paul Casey in thrilling finish at eerie Harding Park. Who could have foreseen from the grouping of Brooks Koepka and Casey that it would be the man from Surrey who would challenge so hard for the Wanamaker Trophy? This was the 43-year-old's 64th appearance in a major and, since 2002, no-one has played so many without a win.

Hero World Challenge - second-round leaderboard. -11 B DeChambeau (US); -10 B Koepka, C Americans Collin Morikawa , Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau all sit one off the lead , with England's Hatton, meanwhile, is a stroke better off after making an eagle on the par- five 15th during a round of

Despite his big cushion on this occasion, the Californian is taking nothing for granted. "Nothing’s going to be a gimme tomorrow,” he said. “Look, this course, if there's not a lot of wind, a lot of guys out here can make a lot of birdies early on.

“I just have to go out and just play the way I have been. It's not like I'm playing crazy or I'm playing stupid, I'm playing to my strengths and that's what I have to stick with.”

Helped by a chip-in eagle at the third, Morikawa moved to 18-under-par, with four-time major winner Brooks Koepka (69) leading the chase heading into the last day.

“It's always nice to be in the last group, but I’m five back so I’ve got to do something,” said Koepka after signing for five birdies and a double-bogey.

On changing to Srixon clubs recently, he added: “I'm just more excited seeing the equipment than anything. It's been very, very easy, which is nice.”

Norwegian Viktor Hovland sits joint-third on 12-under along with American quartet Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Tony Finau and Sam Burns.

Bryson DeChambeau, who started the day with a one-shot lead, never really recovered from a three-putt from close range in Morikawa’s company. He shot a 73 to slip eight behind.

Rory McIlroy, who shared the first-round lead after an opening 66, now sits 14 shots off the pace after a disappointing 75 that included a quadruple-bogey 9 at the 11th.

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Morikawa five clear, closing on world No 1 .
Collin Morikawa moved a big step closer to the world No 1 spot after taking a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the Hero World Challenge. The two-time major champion, who can leapfrog Jon Rahm at the top of the standings with a victory, pulled clear of the field after making an eagle and six birdies on his way to a bogey-free 64 in the Bahamas.

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