Hunt down and shoot a human Scheffler in Atlanta
Scottie Scheffler showed his human face on day three of the Tour Championship, the PGA Grand Final. In a day marked by two delays due to the threat of an electrical appliance, the first by an hour and the second already definitive, the one who was the leader at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta (USA) during the first two rounds had an unremarkable afternoon, which had him at par on the day and with -19 overall after twelve holes before the suspension. A result that leaves the race for ‘El Gordo’ of $18 million wide open for a Sunday when there will be an extra ration of golf, as it will be time to finish the holes that could not be completed this Saturday in due to the lack of Liz.
The blocking of the world number one allowed him to approach dangerous rivals like his match partner, Xander Schauffele (-1 for -18), who won the tournament in 2017 and is living a new chapter in his particular fairy tale at East Lake. Or the Korean Sungjae Im, a birdie machine who occasionally entered one of his productive trances (-5 between fifth and eighth, -4 for -16 overall).
Rahm, on an erratic day, was in and out of the pursuer’s van harassing the world number one. The Biscayan came out with a bogey, birdied three times from 2 to 6, stopped with consecutive bogeys on 7 and 8, picked up his pulse on the ninth with a birdie, lost camber again on 11, countered at 12… a shaker of emotions with an episode of frustration at 11 minutes, when he closed his tee shot too much and kicked one of his irons after knocking it to the ground. With -1 to -14, he hit a sharp blow from distance with Scheffler, who remains at five in the face of the outcome.
Justin Thomas, another who, like Schauffele, took the measure of the tournament, was aiming for 64 shots with a -6 to -14 after 17 holes. Prior to the horn, a given birdie putt had been left. Another breath on Scheffler’s neck. It also has that of Rory McIlroy, champion in 2016 and 2019, who after 16 holes was -5 to -15. And he had the sweet of 18 in an East Lake that favored a festival of birdies. Many are indebted to a Scheffler who will have to sweat the victory after leaving with an advantage.
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