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The action of the 104th PGA Championship continues with Round 3 on Saturday at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Although defending champion Phil Mickelson was absent from this year’s tournament, having retired from the event, there are plenty of other storylines to follow.
Tiger Woods, just 15 months away from a serious car accident that seriously injured his leg, is playing in his second major in six weeks after triumphantly returning for the Masters at Augusta National.
And Will Zalatoris, the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, who carded a 65 in Round 2 to finish Friday at the top of the leaderboard, is aiming for his first big win.
Behind Zalatoris, who is under 9, are Mito Pereira (-8) and Justin Thomas (-6). Pereira, who shot 6 under for 64 on Friday, is paired with Zatoris in the last starting time on Saturday. Thomas shot a 67 in the second round.
Bubba Watson (-5) had a fantastic Round 2, shooting 63 and hitting nine birdies, a career-high in a main round.
Woods, who started Friday’s game with four overs, couldn’t miss the cut and will move into Round 3 with a one-under-69.
One of Friday’s most surprising results was reigning Masters Champion and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler missing the cut this weekend. golf always surprises.
Notable cuts included Henrik Stenson (+5), Scottie Scheffler and Dustin Johnson (+6), Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott (+7) and John Daly (+8). TV coverage of Saturday’s game will be available on ESPN until 1 p.m. ET and then on CBS, and you can stream Round 3 of the tournament on ESPN+.
Let’s take a closer look at the pairings and start times for Saturday’s action, and make some predictions on who will triumph on Sunday.
2022 PGA Championship Round 3 Tee Times
For the full list of start times for Saturday’s game, see the tweet below:
Notable pairings include:
8:30 a.m.: Shaun Norris and Tiger Woods
10:10 a.m. Brooks Koepka and Jason Kokrak
10:40 a.m.: Denny McCarthy and Jordan Speith
10:50 a.m.: Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau
12:40 p.m.: Cameron Smith and Cameron Young
1:30 p.m.: Rory McIlroy and Abraham Ancer
1:40 p.m.: Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson
1:50 p.m.: Will Zalatoris and Mito Pereira
(All times are ET.)
It’s hard to imagine who to keep an eye on as Zatoris’ heated game cools down on Saturday. The 25-year-old has been a paragon of consistency not only at this tournament, but also at majors in his burgeoning career.
As CBS Sports’ Patrick McDonald and Kyle Boone pointed out, the Texan has been playing 18-18 on putts within 10 feet so far this week.
The story is also on Zlatoris’ side. All seven players who have won majors at Southern Hills have held the lead or co-lead after 36 holes, as the 25-year-old says he has done ESPN stats and information.
It’s safe to say that Zatoris wasn’t a favorite this tournament week. That would have been Scheffler or Justin Thomas or Spieth or McIlroy.
But it’s not about who played their best golf that week. It’s about who plays their best golf over the weekend. And Zulatoris has made an unstoppable impression, putting him in the best position for moving day.
Forecast: Zatoris wins the Wanamaker trophy.