Veterans Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar each shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to share the early lead with MJ Daffue and Roberto Diaz in the weather-delayed first round of the Valero Texas Open.
Viaje Confidential: Who wins often the Open Championship?
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Round three of the Open Championship is complete, and we acquire one more day until the Claret Jug is awarded every St . Andrews . Sunday’s final pairings will look conocido. On Saturday, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland , playing each in the penultimate group, every single one shot 66s to move path of the top of the leaderboard, where consumers hold a four-stroke profit over Cameron j. Young and Cameron Smith , who were Saturday’s final group. Five once again is Masters champ Scottie Scheffler and Efectivamente Woo Kim . So … who actually wins?
Luke Kerr-Dineen, Undertaking Improvement Editor ( @lukekerrdineen ): I could in actual fact see Cam Smith consuming hot and making a rush. You can never count out another putter as good as that. Then again let’s be real, Rory’s winning this. I’m knocked up him to hit some nervy shots off the tee into the early part of his on, but the beauty of the Old Course of action from Rory’s perspective is it gives you a lot of wiggle region to do just that. Combine the game with Rory’s general disposition to need a challenge to rise in which to to play his best the game (see Hovland, Viktor), while you’re left with an unbeatable fuse.
Chips Piastowski, senior editor ( @nickpia ): Rory. He was my pick from the outset, and he’s done quite over these past three days to weeks to convince me differently. He has the firepower. He is showing the touch. As well as the mojo. He’ll bind the Claret Jug. (Or he’ll shoot 79 and contest for 18th. But basically no in between! )
Zephyr Melton, assistant editor ( @zephyrmelton ): I don’t like to just echo my co workers, but there’s little hesitate\ in my mind that Rory results in being it done tomorrow. He is been extremely solid to date, he’ll have the crowd in the side tomorrow, and I just as don’t trust Viktor’s breaking. This is the week he finally summits the mountain popular once again.
Josh Berhow, managing collector ( @Josh_Berhow ): I really do hate weight lifting does not all agree here. But yet I’ll take Rory, to boot. He’s too good to wait this long for his next major title — is been nearly eight yrs! Everything just seems to roll flat this week. He’s played wonderfully. He’s a fan favorite on this site. He’s got a four-shot lead on everyone but rather one guy. I think selection done waiting for that is certainly major title.
James Colgan, coding editor ( @jamescolgan26 ): Nah, it’s Hovland. I’ve seen this torrent before. IF Rory can survive the first six holes to even or better, he has a near-lock to collect. Problem is, I don’t know so long as he can do that, especially every thing pressure that will join all of this final round. Hovland maintains an better game plan, the better directly his shoulders, and a very similar ball-striking prowess. He’s each of our guy on Sunday.
Dylan Dethier, senior writer ( @dylan_dethier ): Rory McIlroy is playing the best golf of the anybody in this tournament. They looks very much in control. Which he sounds like he believes quite that he is the best golfer internationally. And I fully believe he’s going to win.