Mito Pereira falls into that second set. Until Thursday and Friday, Pereira was only familiar to hard-core golf fans.
He enters the weekend at 8 under par, one stroke behind the leader Will Zalatoris. With his 6-under 64 in Round 2, he tied a career-low.
In this ranking, he is immediately ahead of many more, including Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Bubba Watson.
Who is Mito Pereira?
27-year-old Chilean player Pereira (born in Santiago) has played competitively since childhood.
Before turning professional, he played one collegiate golf season at Texas Tech (2014-15). He began his professional career on the Chilean Tour in 2015.
Next came the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, the Korn Ferry Tour, and the PGA Tour. This is his first entire season on the PGA Tour.
Mito Pereira’s Golf Equipment:
A complete list of the golf equipment Mito Pereira is using at the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills:
Driver: Ping G425 Max (10.5 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft
Fairway Woods: Ping G425 Max (17.5 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 X shaft, (20.5 degrees) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 X shaft
Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100 shafts
Putter: Ping PLD Anser prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Pereira has won three times on the Korn Ferry Tour and once on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. The last two of his wins came back to back in June 2021 on the Korn Ferry Tour.
He used these wins as a springboard to representing Chile at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He placed fourth in the men’s competition.
In his first full-time PGA Tour season, he finished third at the Fortinet Championship in California.
He made $1.37 million and was ranked No. 46 in the FedEx Cup entering the PGA.
The 2022 PGA Championship is not his first major championship. In 2019, he played in the U.S. Open and missed the cut.
His PGA Championship Performance:
The model predicts a big shock at the PGA Championship in 2022: Pereira, one shot off the lead, stumbles badly and does not even make the top three.
The 27-year-old shot a 64 on Friday, the second-best round of the day. Nevertheless, history indicates Pereira won’t win the 2022 PGA Championship.
Seven major championships have been played at Southern Hills, and all seven champions have led or co-led after 36 holes.
Pereira also entered this week’s event ranked 160th in overall putting (1.619) and 167th in one-putt percentage (38.25), which doesn’t bode well for his chances this weekend.
According to McClure’s model, several other golfers have a better value in the PGA Championship odds, making Pereira someone avoid.
Interestingly, Cameron Young, a 45-1 long shot, runs into contention. This makes him a great sleeper pick for the PGA Championship weekend since he has a better chance of winning than his odds suggest.
It will be a long weekend for the 25-year-old American as he enters the weekend 2-under par and tied for 10th place.
However, Zalatoris’s stumble would make the field significantly more open for some golfers with longer odds.
Young has finished in the top ten four times this season, including the top three in his last two starts. This year, he has been one of the PGA Tour’s longest players off the tee, averaging 315.7 yards per drive.
That can help him pick up strokes quickly, so make sure to bet on him in your 2022 PGA Championship bets.
Mito Pereira’s and Earnings:
Mito Pereira has earned in a total of $1,124,278 in prize money throughout the course of his career, with an annual earnings average of $374,759. The net worth of Mito Pereira is $1,124,278 in 2022. Mito Pereira has amassed a total of $753,930 in earnings in 2022. He receives a handsome amount of money from different sponsors.
His Wife Antonia Prida:
His wife name is Antonia. Antonia does have an Instagram account that showcases some eye-catching photos, as well as drawings which are dedicated to nature. Her bio, which reads: “Mi propósito es contribuir en valoración de la naturaleza como digna fuente de admiración,” loosely translates to “My purpose is to contribute to the appreciation of nature as a worthy source of admiration.”
Within golf, Antonia has been spotted at several of Mito’s tournaments, with the duo posting snaps at Pebble Beach, Las Vegas and Texas to name just a few.
In early January 2021, the couple got engaged, with the wedding taking place a year later. At the ceremony, Mito and Antonia were pictured walking under a golf club arch that was created by the wedding guests who were present.