Monday, May 23, 2022
Mito Pereira had the PGA Championship by the throat. He came to the 18th hole at Southern Hills at 6 under par, with a one stroke lead, despite having lost three strokes to par on the first 17 holes - he had begun the final 18 at 9 under. He just needed a par to put away his first Major, a bogey would put him in a playoff. But Mito made double bogey and blew it all.
Mito's fall was good news for Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris. Justin shot 67 and Will 71 and they tied for first at 5 under. Justin played the three-hole playoff in 2 under, Will never finished the third hole.
Ocalan Louis Oosthuizen wound up with 73-71-73-72-289, 9 over par, and tied for 60th, despite making an eagle 3 on the par-5 13th. He collected $26,125 and boosted his total for the season to $502,136. Louis won't be playing this week in the $8.4 million Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC in Fort Worth. Seminole Daniel Berger will be there, along with Gators Billy Horschel and Camilo Villegas. Billy shot 290 at Southern Hills, closing with a 1-under 69, and finished alone in 68th.
KORN FERRY - Ted Potter made his first cut of the season in the Advent Health Championship in Kansas City, and after mediocre rounds of 73-70-77, looked like he had finally put it all together with birdies on 1, 2 and 6 on Sunday. But he gave them back with bogeys on 8, 10 and 16, finishing with even-par 72. He shot 292, 4 over par, tied for 70th, and earned his first check - $2,925.
On Sunday evening, Ted was listed as first alternate for this week's event, the NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank at the Glen Club in Glenville, Illinois. By this morning, though, he had already moved into the body of the $750,000 tournament.
Recent tournament winner Tyson Alexander of Gainesville, the ex-Gator, is also on board, along with Mark Blakefield, winner many years back of an FSGA event at Golden Hills, with Ted second. Ted bounced back and won the Hooters sponsored event the next year at 16 under with its $33,000 payday.
CHAMPIONS MAJOR IN MICHIGAN - Former Ocalan Roger Rowland will be in the field for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton, Michigan. Gators Mark Calcavecchia, Chris DiMarco, Brian Gay and Scott Dunlap will also be shooting for the title in the first Champions Major of the season. Alex Cejka will defend after he took home $585,000 in 2021.
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