Football and Sports News

results, leaderboard, weather, lightning, update, prize money, Sam Burns eagle dunk, video

Top-ranked Scotty Scheffler clung to a one-shot lead as the Masters champion when Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Tour Championship was postponed until Sunday due to lightning.

Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele was just one shot away as the final 14 players stood at the PGA’s season-ending showdown at East Lake in Atlanta.

Scheffler led the 29-player field at 19-under through 12 holes, ahead of fellow player and American Shuffle at 18-under.

Watch live coverage of the USPGA Tour from Fox Sports on Cayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >

Scheffler & Schauffele after round 2 | 01:20

As for the Australians, Cameron Smith finished with a round of two-under 68 and is 11 shots behind Scheffler on the 18th, while Adam Scott (68) is another four back.

American Sam Burns, one shot ahead of Scott, provided the highlight of the day with a rare eagle bogey on the 18th hole.

Returning to Scheffler, the leader is not getting ahead of himself.

“I think the 72-hole event is still pretty early in the tournament,” Scheffler said.

“We were all kind of jockeying for position and I was out there trying to hit quality shots.”

South Korea’s Im Sung-jae is tied for third at 16-under with four holes remaining, while four-time major winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is tied for fourth on the day at 15 and 5-under through 16 holes.

Scheffler started the tournament with a four-stroke edge over Schaufele, thanks to a preliminary scoring system based on season totals, but Schaufele cut that edge to two strokes after 36 holes.

Shuffle charged after lightning caused a 58-minute delay before the leaders came out.

He sank a putt from 12 feet on the par-3 second hole and another four-footer on the third to lead Scheffler at 19-under.

Schauffele paid the price for missing fairways with bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes, only to birdie the sixth and seventh – the latter on a 33-foot putt – Scheffler equalized again.

After seven pars, Scheffler holed a 12-foot birdie on the eighth to pull one stroke ahead, and after both leaders landed in bunkers, they made bogeys on the par-3 11th, leaving Scheffler in front when play stopped.

Smith and McIlroy MARVEL with Eagles | 01:22

“I wasn’t playing my best, but I was hanging in there,” Scheffler said. “I was excited to give myself some chances at the end, but then the horn went off.”

Play was set to resume on Sunday morning with the leaders battling it out in the final round in the early afternoon.

A standardized scoring system means a player who bowls the week’s minimum 72 holes will not necessarily win the $18 million (A25m) top prize from the FedEx Cup playoff.

Scheffler, who did not win a PGA title at the start of the year, won his first major title in four months at Augusta National in April. He can end his impressive season by capturing the crown of the game.

American Justin Thomas, the winner of this year’s PGA Championship, made a two-foot birdie on the 18th hole as McIlroy moved to 15 under.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.