Rookies charge into lead and everything you missed from Round 3 at the 3M Open

July 6, 2019
Matthew Wolff on Saturday at 2019 3M Open

While the story on Friday centered around Bryson DeChambeau, it was two PGA Tour rookies who took center stage with stellar third rounds Saturday at the 2019 3M Open.

Here’s everything you missed from Round 3 at TPC Twin Cities:

Wolff makes gutsy charge

Matthew Wolff, the Oklahoma State standout and reigning NCAA individual champion, isn’t waiting to make his mark on Tour. Wolff began the 3M Open, his third start as a pro, with two solid rounds of 69-67, but it was Saturday’s third round where he showed the potential that has the game buzzing.

Wolff fired a nine-under 62, matching DeChambeau’s 62 from the day before. With DeChambeau stalling on Day 3, Wolff’s jaw-dropping score vaulted him into a tie for the lead.

Rookies rule the day

Wolff isn’t the only Tour rookie fresh out of college who is making a statement this week. The less-heralded Collin Morikawa is giving Wolff a run for his money. He fired a 64 on Saturday to tie Wolff at 15 under. Morikawa, who played college golf at Berkeley, made his pro debut at RBC Canadian Open, where he finished T14.

Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland (T27) continued the solid start to his pro career with his third-straight sub-70 round. Hovland is coming off a T13 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and will look to earn another sizable paycheck on Sunday.

DeChambeau cools off but hangs on

DeChambeau shot a career-best round of 62 on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to maintain sole possession of the lead heading into the final round. Bryson opened with a birdie at the par-4 1st hole, but his momentum stalled thereafter.

He broke a streak of 11 straight pars at the 13th hole, but not in a good way. A bogey on the difficult par-3 dropped him to 14 under and out of the lead. At the par-5 closing hole, DeChambeau played his second shot to the rough left of the green, then chipped it close to finish with a birdie and match Wolff and Morikawa at 15 under.

Those three will battle it out for the title over the final 18 holes on Sunday, with plenty of other proven pros chasing them on the birdie-friendly course.

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