Mito Pereira drained a 27-foot birdie putt on No. 18, and the Chilean is three shots ahead in the PGA Championship today.
Pereira’s round started hot, cooled off in the middle, and his lead dwindled to one stroke, but he played the final six holes in 3-under to card a 69.
It’s enough for the guy who began the week at No. 100 in the world to have the lead here at Southern Hills.
The final group will include Matt Fitzpatrick, who has one top-10 finish in a major. Pereira has yet to win a PGA Tour event, much less a major championship. A fascinating Sunday is coming.
Mito Pereira Round 4 Prediction:
Mito Pereira is 18 holes away from achieving his first PGA Tour major title.
With a 27-foot birdie putt at 18, the 27-year-old Chilean shot 1-under 69 and leads Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris by three strokes heading into the final round of the 104th PGA Championship.
As a result of his 54-hole aggregate of 9-under 201, Pereira became the first player since John Daly in 1991 to hold an outright 54-hole lead at the PGA Championship.
The Chilean is not the only pro who hopes to win the PGA Championship for the first time since Shaun Micheel in 2003.
The top four players on the leaderboard – Fitzpatrick, Zalatoris, and Cameron Young – have never won a PGA Tour title, let alone a major.
Mito Pereira has a high chance of winning the PGA Championship in 2022.
Round 4 of the 2022 PGA Championship will be on Sunday with a clear leader and a new favorite.
On Saturday, the top contenders entering the weekend struggled, but Mito Pereira shot a steady third-round 69, putting him three strokes ahead and heading into the final round.
According to Caesars Sportsbook, Pereira is the 3-2 favorite in Sunday’s 2022 PGA Championship odds.