Hoge seeks first PGA Tour win, trails Grillo by 1

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  • Associated Press

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Emiliano Grillo steadied himself with a pair of birdies over the final six holes Saturday for a 3-beneath 68, giving the Argentine a one-shot lead going into the closing round of the Mayakoba Classic.

Tom Hoge, with out a prefer in his PGA Tour occupation, birdied four of the final five holes at El Camaleon Golf Club for a 65 to accept inner one shot of the lead.

After two days of rain, the course turned into soft and inclined to low ratings as avid gamers were allowed to tidy and situation their golf balls in the golf green.

Adam Lengthy ran off seven birdies on his opening nine holes en route to a 63. Justin Thomas, who started on the encourage nine, played bogey-free for a 62 to drag inner four photos.

Tony Finau made a hole-in-one on the 103-yard fourth hole with a spot wedge. He adopted with three extra birdies on the front nine and purchased inner one shot of Grillo at one level, but he turned into wild with the driver and effort up with a 69, leaving him five photos slow.

Grillo turned into at 16-beneath 197. His most bright victory turned into in the season-opening Safeway Originate in 2015 in his debut as a PGA Tour rookie.

“Started in the lead; finished in the lead. That is roughly the premise,” Grillo acknowledged. “Hopefully, one extra of these.”

Even so, it figures to be a wild bolt in the closing legit PGA Tour tournament of the year. Ten avid gamers were separated by five photos.

“Did no longer contain it on the encourage nine for me. Fortuitously, I’m soundless inner behold,” Finau acknowledged. “Loads of guys scored as we assert. Hopefully, I’m a form of fellows tomorrow that takes it low.”

Viktor Hovland, who received in Puerto Rico in a single in every of the closing events earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for 3 months, place together a string of birdies of his hang down the stretch for a 63 that left him by myself in third, two photos slow.

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