New York, United States, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- American golfer Matthew Wolff is the leader after the third day of his premiere at the United States Golf Open, which takes place this weekend on the Winged Foot course, just outside New York
“I’ve been very lucky with the ball positions in the tall grass. It has been a fight and I hope to continue hitting good shots tomorrow,” said Wolff who, although only managing to put the ball in two fairways in the entire round, he equaled the record for the week with five shots under par.
In the second major of his career, Wolff leads the standings with -5, two strokes ahead of his compatriot Bryson Dechambeau (-3) and four ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen (-1), the only two who have managed to stay under the pair next to the leader.
“I felt very comfortable at the beginning of the round and suddenly things didn’t work out, but I showed resilience and I’m happy. It’s been a roller coaster ride,” said Dechambeau, who has led Winged Foot at various points.
In a third day with a lot of movement in the classification, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (+1), winner of the US Open in 2011, and the American Zach Johnson (+2) have managed to advance positions to the top of the classification, with respective rounds of two strokes under par.
The leader of the previous day, the American Patrick Reed (+3), has not managed to emulate his great performance with the putt of previous days and has finished tied for eleventh place, eight strokes behind Wolff.
Another of the highlights in the first days was Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello (+2), but he only scored two bogeys and a double-bogey on a difficult day from the tee to the green that relegated him to a draw for eighth place. His compatriot Jon Rahm, world number two, has fared worse with a cumulative result of +7 and little chance of victory. EFE-EPA