PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) – Viktor Hovland hit the ball so well that he had no problem taking risks that worked for him. And with that he had a great closing of the round on Saturday.
The Norwegian signed a 62-stroke, 9-under card to take a two-shot lead at the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba.
Hovland, the defending champion at the Mexican resort, hit the driver on the green at the 17th hole at par 4. He hit a dart-like shot on the last hole at El Camaleón for the lowest score of his career on the Tour. of the PGA.
He took a two-shot lead over Oklahoma State graduate Talor Gooch (63) and a three-shot lead over Justin Thomas (64).
“It was fun today,” Hovland said. “Obviously I got off to a great start and it was nice to have one of those rounds where you go on and on all day instead of maybe slowing down towards the end, where frankly there are some tough holes.”
Matthew Wolff, who started the weekend with a two-shot lead, incurred a pair of bogeys early in the round to get away from first place, and added a single birdie in the round to finish with 73, leaving him without many possibilities.
Scottie Scheffler started well, but nothing more. A double bogey on the 14th hole after landing on the rough part of the grass led him to sign a score of 70, seven shots behind the leader.
Hovland is 19 under par and 194 in a tournament seeking his third PGA title.
Thomas had a round of 62 last year at Mayakoba, giving him at least a fighting chance. This time around, he started closer to the leaders and his round of 63 left him just three behind the lead.
Mexican Carlos Ortiz completed a round of 67 and took five shots behind the leader.