After a superb third round of 63, Matt Fitzpatrick vaulted to the top of the leaderboard in the 2023 RBC Heritage. The US Open winner from last season is yet to win a regular PGA Tour event but has given himself a superb chance thanks to some superb ball striking.
Fitzpatrick’s lead is slim, with the Englishman leading by one stroke from Patrick Cantlay. Defending champion Jordan Spieth will start today two strokes back, whilst a group of five players which include Scottie Scheffler all find themselves three behind on -11.
Over the first two rounds, there was a potential fairytale story brewing as former US Open winner Jimmy Walker led the field. Now ranked 417 in the world, Walker was looking for his first win in seven years and carried a three-shot lead into yesterday’s round.
Starting his round with solid and steady golf, the American still led the tournament as he started his back nine, however, the wheels would soon quickly come off. Some bad driving saw Walker post bogeys on 11, 14, and 15 and saw him tumble out of the lead.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Englishman who has been unable to build on his US Open win last season due to a niggling neck injury. There were signs at last week’s Masters that Fitzpatrick was starting to feel fitter and that has certainly been the case here.
An eagle on his third hole yesterday, sparked a round that included six further birdies. Able to keep his scorecard clean, Fitzpatrick will tee off in today’s final group for the first time since his success at Brookline last year.
The other man to make a major move during yesterday’s third round was Jordan Spieth. Heading into the week as the defending champion, Spieth showed exactly why he was successful last year with a great round of 66. He would have been closer having it not been for a disappointing bogey on the 17th.
If he can eradicate the silly errors look for the Americans to make another move today.
Fourteen players will tee off today within four strokes of Matt Fitzpatrick’s lead, and the 2023 RBC Heritage is still very much up for grabs.
With his one-stroke lead, Fitzpatrick is the slim favorite for victory, but there is plenty of value that can be found.
Patrick Cantlay will start today one stroke off the lead and will be looking to go one place better than his second-place finish last year.
Like Fitzpatrick, Cantlay was able to keep his third-round card clean and he will start today with a great chance of adding to his eight PGA Tour titles.
Jordan Spieth has been out of the winner’s circle since this tournament last year, but the American has been playing some great golf. Wild and erratic errors keep derailing his tournaments, but when Spieth can keep the bogeys off the card he is playing like one of the best players in the world. If he can keep his ball on the fairways he will have a great chance of repeating his success from a year ago.
Scottie Scheffler will tee off in today’s final round confident of adding to the two titles he has already won this year.
Similarly to his Master’s performance last week, from tee to green the Texan is hitting the ball superbly but it’s his putting that has been letting him down. Unable to find the crucial putts when it mattered yesterday if Scheffler can rediscover his scoring touch on the greens he can certainly play a major role today.
Last week’s Masters Champion Jon Rahm could be the best long shot of the day. Although he will tee off six shots off the lead, he has shown on numerous occasions that he can blitz any course. Look for the big Spaniard to post a competitive score that the leaders will need to try and hunt down.
All odds courtesy of JazzSports
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