The third round of the RBC Heritage tournament saw Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland take the lead with a spectacular performance, leaving top-ranked Spanish golfer Jon Rahm trailing behind by eight shots.
Hovland, who turned professional in 2019, has been steadily climbing up the ranks of the PGA Tour, and his performance at the RBC Heritage has cemented his place as one of the rising stars of the game.
Hovland’s third round saw him shoot an impressive 6-under-par, which included six birdies and no bogeys. His performance was the best of the day and put him in a commanding position heading into the final round.
In contrast, Rahm struggled to find his form, shooting a 1-over-par round that included three bogeys and two birdies. While he remains in contention for a top finish, he will need to produce a flawless final round to catch up with Hovland.
The RBC Heritage tournament, which is being held at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina, has a purse of $7.1 million, with the winner set to take home $1.28 million.
Hovland, who won his first PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open in 2020, is looking to add to his trophy cabinet with a victory at the RBC Heritage. His impressive play over the first three rounds has shown that he has the skills and determination to make it to the top of the leaderboard.
One of the key factors behind Hovland’s success has been his accurate driving. He has consistently hit the fairway with his drives, allowing him to set up birdie opportunities on the greens. His iron play has also been sharp, with accurate approach shots leading to several birdies.
Another factor that has set Hovland apart from his competitors has been his mental toughness. Despite the pressure of being in the lead, he has remained calm and focused, not allowing any mistakes to shake his confidence.
While Hovland’s lead heading into the final round is substantial, he knows that there is still work to be done. He will need to stay focused and maintain his high level of play to hold off any challenges from his competitors.
Rahm, on the other hand, will need to produce a remarkable final round to catch up with Hovland. He will need to eliminate any mistakes and produce a string of birdies to put pressure on the Norwegian.
The final round of the RBC Heritage promises to be an exciting affair, with Hovland and Rahm battling it out for the title. With Hovland in the driver’s seat, it will be interesting to see if Rahm can mount a comeback and make a run for the title.
As golf fans around the world tune in to watch the final round, one thing is clear: Viktor Hovland has emerged as a serious contender on the PGA Tour, and his performance at the RBC Heritage is just the latest proof of his talent and potential.