BahamasWith a five-stroke lead after three rounds, Collin Morikawa has many chances to win the Hero World Challenge and to top the world professional men’s golf group (OWGR).

In the third round on December 4, Morikawa hit 64 strokes. This match, he did not bogey, scored six birdies, one eagle, maintained his five-stroke advantage by holding par on the last hole by escaping the bunker near the pennant.

Finishing 54 holes, Morikawa took the top of the table with a score of -18. Behind him are six players in the six-stroke range, with Brooks Koepka closest with -13.

“I’m excited about my current form and the chance to be on top of the world. You want to, but it doesn’t happen every week. I hope I don’t miss the opportunity,” Morikawa said after the penultimate round.

If he wins the charity tournament hosted by Tiger Woods at Albany par72 in the Bahamas today, December 5, Morikawa will receive a million USD in prize money. Besides, with 48 OWGR points from the event, the American golfer will surpass Jon Rahm to hold the world number one for the first time.

When it comes to that achievement, Morikawa, with 61 awards, is second only to Woods in speed to the top in OWGR history since 1986. This second place now belongs to Jordan Spieth – with 77 awards.

Morikawa watches the shot on the Hero World Challenge second-round third hole at Albany, Bahamas on December 4.  Photo: AP

Morikawa watches the shot on the Hero World Challenge second-round third hole at Albany, Bahamas on December 4. Photo: AP

Woods has been fighting professionally since August 1996, at the age of 20 and it took only 21 tournaments to top the world. In terms of time in office, “Super Tiger” holds a record of 683 weeks, while “Great White Shark” Greg Norman is second with 331 weeks.

Morikawa was born in 1997, entered the PGA Tour in June 2019. He entered the Hero World Challenge in second place OWGR, after 60 tournaments with five PGA Tour titles including both majors – PGA Championship 2020 and The Open 2021. Meanwhile, Woods after 60 wins one major out of nine championships. . Morikawa was born two months ago when Woods won the 1997 Masters – the first title in a collection of 15 prestigious majors later.

At The Open in July, Morikawa became the first golfer to reach two majors in eight attempts – the fastest in top golf since 1945.

Woods even went through 18 events to win two majors. And in golf history, only Morikawa and Woods have won The Open and the PGA Championship before the age of 25.

On November 21, Morikawa won the grand final of the DP World Tour Championship, finishing first in Race to Dubai. With a double title at the end of the European Tour season, he became the first American golfer to win the “Outstanding Player” award in 49 years of European First-class golf history.

Before the closing event, the governing organization of the European Tour presented Morikawa with a lifetime honorary membership card. This is the fifth time the European tournament system has given this privilege to American golfers since its inception in 1972. Before Morikawa were Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Patrick Reed.

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