TOKYO – The American Xander Schauffele resisted spectacularly the pressure, the harassment of the rivals, among them the Mexican Carlos Ortiz, and with a ‘birdie’ in the last hole he settled the third round with 68 impacts (-3), to reach the last day of the olympic golf tournament as leader solo with 199 (-14).
However, equality is tremendous and another large group of applicants also appear, among them the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, the Chileans Mito Pereira and Joaquín Nieman, and the also Mexican Abraham Ancer.
In a very long day, in which sixteen players completed the second round after temporary suspensions that occurred on Friday due to weather conditions, the 27-year-old player from San Diego maintained the lead despite the ‘bogeys’ he committed in the pairs three of holes 7 and 16, thanks to the ‘birdies in the 6, 8, 11, 15 and 18.
This last success places the fifth in the world ranking alone at the top of the table, with a stroke of advantage over the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, who presents his candidacy in a more than serious way, and two compared to the British Paul Casey, who tries to defend the gold that his compatriot Justin Rose, and Ortiz achieved in Rio 2016.
Casey was one of the best of the day with a magnificent 66 and Ortiz also knew how to hold the pressure to stay with options despite starting with a ‘bogey’ on hole 2. He recovered with ‘birdies in the 4, 6 and 8, but in the second half of the course he altered successes with errors, the last one in 18, which separated him from the leadership.
The Colombian Sebastián Muñoz goes to more, so much that he has installed fifth, three strokes behind Schauffele, along with an illustrious person like the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who competes for Ireland, the Chilean Mito Pereira and the Austrian Sepp Straka, leader on the first day.
Muñoz scored a magnificent 66 with six birdies for just one bogey, Pereira remained in the privileged positions thanks to a 68 forged in the second half of the route and McIlroy is emerging as a great threat to the first with a 67 and good vibes.
Abraham Ancer, who is doing such good tournaments on the American circuit, positioned himself to take the big leap on the last day. With 204, after doing 66 this Saturday, he is five behind the leader along with Australian Cameron Smith and Italian Guido Migliozzi.
Of the rest of the US Army, the best is Collin Morikawa, who rose to 17th with a total of 206. Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas are thirty-eighth with 209 hits.