Mito Pereira: "I'm happy to be in this position"

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Mito Pereira: "I'm happy to be in this position"

In archive the third round of the PGA Championship, the second Major of the season on the major circuit. On the Southern Hill CC course in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chilean Mito Pereira leads the table. The twenty-seven year old from Santiago, second at the halfway point, confirmed his solidity with a third round of 69, with which he reached the total of -9.

Mito Pereira, statements

A huge opportunity for Pereira, still dry of victories on the PGA Tour, made even more attractive by the margin he managed to build in the first 54 holes. With the birdie on hole 18, the Chilean has in fact pushed the two closest pursuers away three shots away.

Stopped at -6 are the young American Will Zalatoris and the English Matt Fitzpatrick. If for the first round the third round represented a puzzle with a difficult resolution (+1 for the day), the second found great rhythm, scoring 6 birdies.

Unexpected situation in the PGA Championship, where the Chilean Mito Pereira can seriously dream of the first Major of his life without ever having won even a tournament on the PGA Tour. The paradox of paradoxes can also materialize thanks to his three shots advantage over the English Matt Fitzpatrick and the closest in the US, Will Zalatoris.

Thus spoke the leader at the end of his round (words reported by the official website of the tournament): “If you play very good golf in the week, you win. It doesn't matter if it's the first or the tenth time, if you play very, very well you will have a chance "

Something that, however, at a certain point he lost with four bogeys in five holes: “I was playing very well and suddenly I made them. It was hard to be there right now. But I found myself ... very happy with how it ended.

The birdie at 18 was a bonus. I am very happy to be in this position “. For his part, Fitzpatrick, who is also fasting to success in the US but has won seven times in Europe, said: “I'm just proud of how I got back into the game.

Clearly it was a good lap at the end, and as I said I am looking forward to tomorrow. I talked to my coaches about my record in the majors. I always told them 'I want to give myself a chance because I supported myself at the end of the day' "

For Zalatoris, the question is a bit more complicated: "I was quite frustrated at the start, but I prefer to have a frustrating start and a good finish, because it's a good momentum towards tomorrow." And the Mexican Abraham Ancer, who is fifth: “This is a field where anything can happen"