The PGA Tour’s major PGA Championship 2022 is turning out to be a surprising one. Mito Pereira, who has never won any PGA Tour let alone a major, is leading by 3-shots after 54-hole after the end of Round 3.
It seems that the leaderboard is upside down as none of the top 4 have won any PGA Tour before. Mito Pereira has scored 9-under 201 in the 54-hole aggregate, leading by 3 shots clear of Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris, heading into the final round of the 104th PGA Championship.
Who is Mito Pereira? Can he win the PGA Championship 2022? Let’s find out more about this mysterious man right below.
Who is Mito Pereira?
Mito Pereira is a surprise contender at the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hill Country Club, entering Sunday’s final round with a three-shot lead on Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Mito Pereira was born in Santiago, Chile. This Chilean is ranked 100th in the official World Golf Ranking.
It is only the second PGA Championship major for Mito Pereira. He played the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach but couldn’t make the cut. The 27-year-old Chilean has played 27 PGA Tour events. He made only 17 cuts among those. His best run was in 2021 at the Fortinet Championship in September where he finished solo 3rd. It was his only top-10 finish in his entire career in a PGA Tour event.
Mito Pereira got promoted into the PGA Championship after winning three back to back Korn Ferry Tour in 2021. He finished joint 17th at the AT&T Byron Nelson last week before storming the 104th PGA Championship.
If Mito wins the PGA Championship 2022, this earning will be more than the earnings of his entire career. The $2.7 million would eclipse his total career earnings of $2,618,115.
His Performance in the 2022 PGA Championship:
Mito Pereira is 18 holes away from making his first PGA Tour title a major one. He is leading by 3 strokes over Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris after Round 3. He has scored an aggregate of 9-under 201 after 54-hole.
The 27-year-old Chilean rolled in a 27-foot birdie at 18th hole on Saturday to shoot 1-under 69 at Southern Hills. He is now leading by 3-shots after 54-hole after the end of Round 3.
With his 9-under par after 54-hole, Mito Pereira has become the first player to take the lead after Round 3 in a debut after John Daly in 1991. Pereira will seek to become the first player to make a major his first PGA tour win since Shaun Micheel in 2003.
In the first 43 holes from Round 1 to Round 3, Mito Pereira made only three bogeys to make a staggering 4-stroke lead. After that he fell under pressure and made 4 bogeys in 5 holes to see his lead shrinking to a single shot.
Pereira made an amazing comeback in the final 6 holes in Round 3. He rolled in a 27-foot birdie at 18th hole to restore his lead to 3 strokes after the end of the 3rd Round.
He showcased his cool and calmness under pressure and his attributes to storm the Southern Hill Country Club. One more day of what he did, and he will go down in history and become the PGA Tour major’s Champion 2022.
His Tee Time in Round 4:
Mito Pereira will tee off Round 4 pairing with Matt Fitzpatrick. The Chilean will tee off Round 4 on Sunday, at 2:35 pm ET.
Mito Pereira’s opponent Matt Fitzpatrick is at 2nd place jointly with Will Zalatoris, trailing by 3 strokes. He has scored 6-under par after 54 holes.
Can Mito Pereira win the PGA Championship 2022?
Mito Pereira is leading by 3-strokes at the top after 54 holes. He has showcased excellent resilience and attributes under pressure in all the rounds so far. With his cool and calmness under pressure and his attributes, one more day of what he did, and he will go down in history and become the PGA Tour major’s Champion 2022.
Mito Pereira suffered 4 bogeys in 5 holes in Round 3, shrinking his lead from 4 strokes to a single stroke. He then came back strongly on Saturday’s last 6 holes to restore his lead into 3 strokes. We see Pereira will be consistent in the final round and turn his first PGA Tour win into a major, and at the same time pocket a whopping $2.7m.