What do Matthew Wolff and Francis Ouimet have in common? Nothing yet, but that could change on Winged Foot. The scale of Wolff’s potential achievement is confirmed by history. Ouimet was the last player to win the US Open in its debut 107 years ago. Freakishly, 1913 also marked the last time this great event took place in September. It was completed even on the 20th day of the month.
21-year-old Wolff, undoubtedly inspired by The success of Collin Morikawa at last month’s US PGA Championship, he will take a two-year lead of five under the fourth day after a third-round show that completely denied his inexperience. Wolff’s hold on this big one was more intense in the final green, where he turned into a birdie. The leader’s magnificent second shot, from 207 yards, had ended 10 feet from the cup. Wolff signed for 65. Not only is this his maiden appearance at the US Open, but it is only his second in a long time. Winged Foot is known as one of the most brutal golf tests. Wolff made it seem so pleasantly simple. So far, that is.
“Right now I feel very confident about every part of my game,” Wolff said. “I’m not going to think about it too much and I’m just going out there and doing the same things I did the last three days. Right now I’m looking to have a good time. And it’s just golf.
“Even though it is the US Open, there are many things in life that are a little different now and in the world you can see how many things affect us.” Wolff maturity extends beyond the ropes.
The front of nine of the 30 was excellent. In the final stages of his round, he had a four-year advantage over the pitch. This was reduced by Wolff who failed to save the par in the 16th, but stood strong as the most prominent, seasonal names withered. Patrick Reed, who kept the lead halfway through, was torn during ’77.
Bryson DeChambeau is prone to talking a lot to himself in the middle of the round, but he appeared more annoyed than typical during the 70’s. Still, it is DeChambeau who sits closer to the invisible Wolff. Recent history favors the older man as the 27-year-old overturned Wolff’s three-point lead when he won in Detroit in early July.
Louis Oosthuizen, who has a lot of winning experience, quietly came out of the pack with a 68, which beat him to a lower. “I have to play quite similar to what I did today,” Oosthuizen said when asked about his prospects of winning. “You have to hit highways.
“I think everyone out there right now, especially on this golf course, knows you have to be patient. A lot can happen even in the last two, three holes, so you should try to take your place with three, four, five holes to see what you can do. “
Hideki Matsuyama was two below the level before the disaster in the penultimate hole. Matsuyama fired a shot from the green side into a shelter. All of this contributed to a double-bogey six. Matsuyama will start the fourth round five from Wolf’s lead.
Xander Schauffele reached 30 feet in the end to equalize Matsuyama. Schauffele watched Wolff “destroy” Harding Park in the final round of the US PGA. “It hits it too far,” said Wolff’s Schauffele. “It simply came to our notice then. He is not afraid. “Harris English later joined the party.
Rory McIlroy is not leaving this tournament. The Northern Irishman recovered brilliantly from the second round of 76, posting 68.
In the end, McIlroy’s dreams of adding a fifth big title to his resume are very much alive. “If I go out there tomorrow and shoot another 68, I will not be very far away,” McIlroy said. However, he admitted that the absence of a gallery is a potential benefit for Wolff as he seeks to make history.
“It’s a variable you just don’t need to deal with,” McIlroy said. “It’s the loss of an advantage for you, who are used to being in this environment.”
Paul Casey admitted he only had thoughts of breaking the 80 when he played his first seven holes in five overs. The Englishman produced an impressive back nine of 30, which means 69 for a total of five over. Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood have the same total of 54 holes.
Jon Rahm’s 76 leaves him seven. Plus four, Justin Thomas needs a drastic improvement in the fourth round and collapses elsewhere. shot 76 on Saturday. This score is, it must be said, for the best it can collect when playing Winged Foot almost exclusively from the rough.
The mystery surrounds the actions of Danny Lee, who took nine in the 18th and duly left the event, citing a wrist injury. Maybe it came up when adding his score. Unfortunately, there are no videos available on Lee’s latest holes.