World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba R3

Viktor Hovland poised to defend title

Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3
November 04-07
El Camaleon Golf Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico
$7,200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Defending champion Viktor Hovland fired a bogey-free 62 to take the lead in the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

“That was fun today. Obviously got off to a nice start and it was nice to have one of those rounds where you can kind of keep it going throughout the day instead of maybe slowing down towards the end there where, frankly, there’s some tough holes.”

The Norwegian started the day in a share of third place three shots behind the leader and produced his lowest score in his PGA Tour career to reach 19-under.


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

“I think with it being a narrow course helps me because my bad shots tend to not go in the trees, so if I can always stay in between the tree lines, I can — I can kind of hit a lot of approaches on the greens because they are soft, and if I hit good iron shots and they land on the pin, they’re going to stop on the pin.

“Whenever I get into a flow where I’ve got my number s dialed in and I’m swinging it good, it’s just kind of point and shoot. With the speed of these greens and being not so undulated, and usually when there is break, it tends to go just one way, and so for me, it allows me to be pretty aggressive on the putts and kind of trust my reads.”


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

Two shots behind in second place, American Talor Gooch’s bogey-free 63 featured an eagle at the par-5 13th.

“It was one of those days you wish you could bottle that come forth up and keep it forever,” said Gooch. “The game came easy today. I hit a bunch of fairways, hit a bunch of greens. Nice when you get a chip-in, you make a 30-footer and those are the type of things you need to have happen to turn it from a 67 to 63, 65. I wish I could be that comfortable more often, that’s for sure.


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

Compatriot Justin Thomas lies a further shot behind after signing for a blemish-free 64.

“I’m very, very proud of myself to be where I’m at. It’s funny, I played with [Patrick] Cantlay the first
two rounds of the BMW this year and he had a very similar start. He was off to a very, very sluggish start. He was hitting it really bad and scrambling for pars and bogeys, and on an extremely easy golf course like that, I think he was a couple over around the turn, and we all know what happened that week.

“So I kind of remind myself of that because I watched him just stay patient and plod his way along, and I know this is a course, you can get on crazy kinds of runs out here. It feels good to know I haven’t really done anything special, but I’ve just kind of checked the boxes and done a lot of things I need to do and put ourselves in a good spot.


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

Local favourite Carlos Ortiz fired a 67 to move into fourth place at 14-under followed by American J.J. Spaun (67) and Spain’s Sergio Garcia (67) in fifth place.

Overnight leader Matthew Wolff fired one birdie and four bogeys to close with a 74 and move down into T17 at 10-under.


Mayakoba Championship 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Viktor Hovland
-19
67
65
62
194
2
Talor Gooch
-17
64
69
63
196
3
Justin Thomas
-16
68
65
64
197
4
Carlos Ortiz
-14
67
65
67
199
T5
J.J. Spaun
-13
65
68
67
200
T5
Sergio Garcia
-13
64
69
67
200
T7
Andrew Landry
-12
66
68
67
201
T7
Aaron Wise
-12
63
70
68
201
T7
Scottie Scheffler
-12
67
64
70
201
T10
Brendon Todd
-11
67
69
66
202
T10
Joaquin Niemann
-11
69
66
67
202
T10
Seamus Power
-11
68
67
67
202
T10
Denny McCarthy
-11
67
68
67
202
T10
John Huh
-11
66
69
67
202
T10
James Hahn
-11
67
67
68
202
T10
Michael Thompson
-11
68
65
69
202
T17
Tyrrell Hatton
-10
70
66
67
203
T17
Nick Taylor
-10
67
69
67
203
T17
Matt Kuchar
-10
68
66
69
203
T17
Garrick Higgo
-10
71
63
69
203
T17
Doug Ghim
-10
69
65
69
203
T17
Billy Horschel
-10
64
69
70
203
T17
Anirban Lahiri
-10
67
66
70
203
T17
Matthew Wolff
-10
61
68
74
203
T25
Danny Willett
-9
68
68
68
204
T25
Adam Long
-9
66
70
68
204
T25
Abraham Ancer
-9
68
68
68
204
T25
Roberto Díaz
-9
71
65
68
204
T25
Alex Noren
-9
69
67
68
204
T25
C.T. Pan
-9
69
68
67
204
T25
Charles Howell III
-9
69
66
69
204
T25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-9
69
68
67
204
T25
Tyler Duncan
-9
67
70
67
204
T25
Brian Stuard
-9
69
69
66
204
T25
Aaron Rai
-9
67
71
66
204
T25
Troy Merritt
-9
68
70
66
204
T37
Joel Dahmen
-8
65
71
69
205
T37
Henrik Norlander
-8
70
66
69
205
T37
Brendan Steele
-8
70
67
68
205
T37
Matt Fitzpatrick
-8
68
69
68
205
T37
Danny Lee
-8
68
69
68
205
T37
Martin Laird
-8
68
66
71
205
T37
Justin Rose
-8
67
70
68
205
T37
Ryan Palmer
-8
69
64
72
205
T45
Tony Finau
-7
67
69
70
206
T45
Sepp Straka
-7
66
71
69
206
T45
Keith Mitchell
-7
68
69
69
206
T45
Adam Hadwin
-7
69
68
69
206
T45
Thomas Detry
-7
67
68
71
206
T45
Maverick McNealy
-7
68
69
69
206
T45
Keegan Bradley
-7
71
67
68
206
T45
Bill Haas
-7
65
68
73
206
T45
Hudson Swafford
-7
68
70
68
206
T54
Patton Kizzire
-6
68
69
70
207
T54
Scott Piercy
-6
69
68
70
207
T54
Chris Kirk
-6
64
73
70
207
T54
Charl Schwartzel
-6
69
69
69
207
T54
Tom Hoge
-6
72
66
69
207
T54
Rickie Fowler
-6
66
72
69
207
T60
Andrew Putnam
-5
68
68
72
208
T60
Doc Redman
-5
70
66
72
208
T60
Kevin Tway
-5
68
69
71
208
T60
Patrick Reed
-5
73
65
70
208
T60
Chez Reavie
-5
66
72
70
208
T60
Vincent Whaley
-5
70
68
70
208
66
Andrew Novak
-4
66
72
71
209
T67
Brandt Snedeker
-3
66
71
73
210
T67
Russell Henley
-3
65
69
76
210
T67
Greyson Sigg
-3
69
69
72
210
70
Adam Svensson
-2
72
65
74
211
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Hank Lebioda
-3
73
66
139
CUT
Sung Kang
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Gary Woodland
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Roger Sloan
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Ian Poulter
-3
66
73
139
CUT
Harold Varner III
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Camilo Villegas
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Charley Hoffman
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Russell Knox
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Davis Riley
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Luke List
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Brice Garnett
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Sam Ryder
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Luke Donald
-2
73
67
140
CUT
J.T. Poston
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Pat Perez
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Kyle Stanley
-2
74
66
140
CUT
Kevin Streelman
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Trey Mullinax
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Will Zalatoris
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Ryan Moore
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Nate Lashley
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Shane Lowry
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Matt Jones
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
-2
67
73
140
CUT
Kramer Hickok
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Nick Watney
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Martin Trainer
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Brian Gay
-1
75
66
141
CUT
Cameron Tringale
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Braden Thornberry
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Graeme McDowell
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Henrik Stenson
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
-1
67
74
141
CUT
Zach Johnson
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Richy Werenski
Par
73
69
142
CUT
Juan Carlos Benitez
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Jonas Blixt
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Brooks Koepka
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Brian Harman
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Francesco Molinari
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
+1
75
68
143
CUT
Adam Schenk
+1
73
70
143
CUT
JD Fernandez
+1
69
74
143
CUT
Jimmy Walker
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
+1
69
74
143
CUT
Scott Stallings
+2
75
69
144
CUT
Taylor Pendrith
+2
76
68
144
CUT
Peter Malnati
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Curtis Thompson
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Eugenio Chacarra (a)
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Willie Mack III
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
+4
69
77
146
CUT
Camilo Aguado
+4
74
72
146
CUT
David Lipsky
+4
77
69
146
CUT
Mito Pereira
+6
70
78
148
CUT
Samuel Del Val
+10
76
76
152
WD
Kelly Kraft
Par
70
52
122
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