HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The PGA Tour’s return to competition has attracted the most powerful areas of this year on courses which have never been overly penalizing, and the outcome is exactly the same.
It is another free-for-all in the RBC Heritage.
Webb Simpson almost had to plead for a 3-under 68, where he managed only 1 birdie on the back nine. He had been a part of a four-way tie for the lead, which has been good enough for him. In addition, he understands great likely will not cut it Sunday in Harbour Town,.
“It is not like I have a three- or – four-shot guide and may shoot a few below,” he explained. “It is going to have a good one”
Tyrrell Hatton had among six rounds 63, providing the 28-year old from England a share of the lead because he goes to his second straight victory, albeit three weeks apart due to the shutdown in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abraham Ancer, therefore strong with his irons, had a 65 and combined the guide together with Ryan Palmer, who had a 66.
They had been 15-below 198, some which didn’t even begin to explain the reduced scoring.
Despite Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele sputtering to 75therefore, the area has been 223-below level, the smallest for any round as the RBC Heritage started in 1969. You will find 35 players in 10 below or greater, compared with just 1 participant (Dustin Johnson) a year ago. The previous mark was seven players in double digits under par through 54 holes.
Most telling were the chances on Sunday.
There were 21 players split by only three shots heading into the last round. A week past at Colonial, you will find 14 players split by three shots.
“I feel that the areas have been extremely powerful,” Ancer explained. “Everyone here was only excited to come out and playwith. The greens are a bit tender, particularly this week, and the chunk is not actually rolling out as far as you are utilized to on the greens and on the fairways. That is yielding just a bit more birdies, for certain.”
Carlos Ortiz, who began this championship with 2 double bogeys after playing just five holes, suddenly has an opportunity to catch his first PGA Tour victory after two eagles in a round 63. He was just one shot behind, together with Colonial winner Daniel Berger and Joel Dahmen, equally with 63s.
And there was more testing than normal.
Players and caddies on the charter trip to Connecticut for the next week’s event needed to have a saliva test Saturday for its coronavirus until they could get on the airplane. Eleven others had examining Friday night since they were believed to have been in contact Nick Watney, whose positive evaluation on Friday was the first in golf return.
One of these was Sergio Garcia, who flew Watney out of Austin, Texas. The first test was negative. Garcia was worried as he waited to get the outcome, although not so worried he could not put down a 65 to combine the chase. He had just two shots behind, along with Ian Poulter and Joaquin Niemann.
Bryson DeChambeau, beginning the day one shot , hit his approach into the par-5 minute from the trees and it never came down. He’s additional 40 lbs of bulk, still insufficient to uproot the tree and shake it loose. This led to a bogey, and more destructive was not any birdies on the back nine to get a 70.
Even so, he stayed three shots in a group that included Johnson, who birdied three of the final four holes to move from round the center of the pack into 12-below 201, three shots behind and really far in the film. That is all it took Saturday, and it probably will not be any different in the last round.
Brooks Koepka softly published a 68 and has been from the group three shots behind.
Chalk this up into June, a fresh date for the RBC Heritage due to the pandemic. The tournament generally is the week following the Masters in April, once the temperature is a bit warmer, the greens are somewhat warmer and the rye grass has not been taken over by Bermuda. It is soft. And these would be the very best players on earth, all of them keen to get moving again.
“Since we are not in a significant championship-style golf course last week or this week, in which you are likely to get separation due to poor scores, I believe that is likely why,” Simpson said if asked to spell out the bunched score.
Maybe that explains why Justin Thomas called it”the worst 66 I have ever taken in my entire life.”
Hatton has won back before in his profession, under completely different conditions. In 2017, he won Scotland and Italy in successive months. He moves in a row apart, having won at Bay Hill in March ahead of the pandemic closed down sports.
It wasn’t long enough for anybody to accumulate much hurry.
“I believe we have had sufficient notice to attempt to get prepared to play tournaments ,” said Hatton, who leased a home in Orlando, Florida, throughout the stay-at-home mandate. “So it is not hugely surprising to find men playing in addition to they are, and the men in the home are loving it, watching on TV.”