Brooks Koepka says he needs to get off to a “good start” if he is going to stand any chance of chasing down Collin Morikawa (1/4 – Outright Winner) in the final round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Morikawa, who became the first American to top the European Money List this season, mixed six birdies with an eagle on Saturday to sign for an eight-under-par 64 and move onto -18 for the tournament.
The 24-year-old has a five-shot lead heading into the final round at Albany Golf Course and, if he manages to lift the trophy, he will replace Spaniard Jon Rahm at the top of the world rankings.
Four-time major winner Koepka (10/1) is the closest challenger to Morikawa, with the 31-year-old in sole possession of second place on -13 after going round in a three-under-par 69 on Saturday.
The eight-time PGA Tour winner, who recently defeated rival Bryson DeChambeau in ‘The Match’, knows he needs to make some early birdies in order to put the pressure on the overnight leader.
“Try to get off to a good start. That’s all I can do,” he said, as quoted by sports.yahoo.com. “Five back so I’ve got to do something. It’s always nice to be in the last group, but still got to play good.
“Just keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the best.”
Patrick Reed (25/1), Daniel Berger (28/1), Viktor Hovland (20/1), Sam Burns (25/1) and Tony Finau (25/1) are all sitting on -12, six shots off the pace, while American Scottie Scheffler (45/1) is a further stroke back on -11.
DeChambeau, who had led at the halfway stage, could only manage a one-over-par 73 on Saturday and he has slipped back to -10 to leave him eight shots behind Morikawa.