Back into the top 100 for Norris

Oct 26, 2020 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Shaun Norris capped off a good weekend on the PGA Tour on Sunday when he carded his second successive five-under 67 to finish the ZOZO Championship @ Sherwood in Thousand Hills, California in a share of 23rd.

He climbed 11 spots on the leaderboard with his strong finish, ending up 10 shots off the winning total of 23-under set by Patrick Cantlay. Cantlay beat Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm by one stroke. Ryan Palmer, Russell Henley, Cameron Smith, and Bubba Watson were tied for fourth at 19-under, while Dylan Frittelli closed with a two-under 70 to finish in a share of 11th at 17-under.

Norris made seven birdies and two bogeys in his round as he climbed back into the world’s top 100 on the Official World Golf Rankings, moving from 106th to 99th.

He started his round on the 10th, making four birdies by the time he reached the 17th, but he pulled his tee shot left on the 18th and had to lay up instead of going for the green which is protected by water in front. He was unable to get up and down for par there. He made three consecutive birdies after the turn on one, two and three, but he dropped another on the par-three ninth when he found the greenside bunker with his tee shot.

Norris hit 10 of 13 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation, and had a great day on the green leaving no misses on putts within 10 feet.

Frittelli managed to hit just nine greens in regulation on his way to his two-under, but he kept his scorecard tidy with two birdies and no dropped shots. He, too, climbed back into the world’s top 100, moving from 110th to 95th.

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