Matthieu Pavon can dream of a first victory

By returning a card in par during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on the South course at Torrey Pines, Matthieu Pavon closed to one stroke of the leader, the German Stephan Jaeger

by Andrea Gussoni
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Matthieu Pavon can dream of a first victory
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By returning a card in par during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on the South course at Torrey Pines, Matthieu Pavon closed to one stroke of the leader, the German Stephan Jaeger. Less than three weeks after his remarkable debut on the PGA Tour, the Bordeaux golfer is preparing to tee off in the final round this Saturday with the ambition of achieving a historic victory for French golf!

In the 3rd round of the Farmers Insurance Open, no player in the last six rounds did better than Matthieu Pavon on the South course at Torrey Pines.

Matthieu Pavon, results

While the average score increased again on Friday (73.5 compared to 72.2 the day before), the French golfer remained solid, almost impassive.

Even a bogey on the first hole, nor his second bogey in two days on the formidable hole No. 12, a 470-meter par 4 played against the wind, did not dampen his confidence. Although less efficient at the start, which can be a disadvantage on the longest course of the regular season, it is on and around the greens that the Bordelais showed himself the most skillful, as evidenced by this putt at 10 to achieve his 3rd birdie of the day.

The course proved to be more difficult, with difficult flags and high roughs. Although his tee shots weren't perfect, he wasn't in much danger. He managed to save some excellent putts.
Matthieu Pavon, his reaction on video here By moving into second place alongside Nicolai Højgaard, Pavon is now just one shot behind and could achieve what would be the greatest feat in modern French men's golf this Saturday by claiming victory at Torrey Pines.

Although the Europeans still dominate, with a leading quartet made up of a German, a Frenchman, a Dane and the Belgian Thomas Detry, this historic stage of the PGA Tour could smile on a player looking for his first success in the world elite.

However, the Americans have not given up on the idea of winning a fourth consecutive tournament, after Chris Kirk, Grayson Murray and Nick Dunlap. They can count on the return to form of Will Zalatoris, who climbed into the top 10 by making the best card of the day (68) and gaining 54 places!

At -8, three shots behind the leader, are other renowned golfers who could have their say in the final round. Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau, who were dominated by Pavon in the penultimate game on Friday, are among those contenders and will have the support of the San Diego crowd.

It should be noted that a fifth place this Saturday at Torrey Pines would guarantee Matthieu Pavon a qualification in the famous top 5 qualifier for the second signature event of the season at Pebble Beach. It would be a bit disruptive to his plans to take a week off to look for a house in Florida to settle down with his family, but it would be for a great cause!

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