Schwartzel just 2 back going into final round of 3M Open

Jul 25, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Charl Schwartzel put himself in position to make a charge for the title when he carded a third-round of three-under-par 68 on Saturday in the PGA Tour’s 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

He made six birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey to move into a share of fourth place at 10-under, two shots behind the 12-under of leader Cameron Tringale of the United States. Americans Gary Woodland and Maverick McNealy shared second one shot back, and Schwartzel was one of eight players in fourth.

Schwartzel started his round with a par, and then, on the par-four second, he hit his tee shot into the water. His reload from the tee saw him pull it into the rough on the left of the fairway, and, although he reached the green with his fourth, he two-putted for his double. He fought back immediately with consecutive birdies on three and four, and two more on six and nine saw him turn on two-under. He got it to three-under with a birdie on 11, but then he made bogey on the par-three 13th when he was unable to get up and down from the greenside bunker on the right. A final birdie on the 16th saw him sign for his 68.

Louis Oosthuizen ground his way inside the top 20 with a two-under 69 in the third round. He’s on eight-under, just four shots off the lead. The other South African to make the cut, MJ Daffue, carded a level-par 71 to be on two-under for the tournament in a share of 55th.

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