The fact of having regained confidence with the putt it is of fundamental importance for the future of Emiliano Grillo. Although the expectations generated by starting the last round as leader were high, the balance of his performance at the Mayakoba Golf Classic continues to be more than positive due to the improvement in his short game.
The Argentine maintained his well-known regularity from tee to green, the most outstanding facet of his game. Therefore, when adjusting the putt, the consequence was to position itself among the aspiring to win the contest. A final day in which he did not show the same level as in the previous ones, relegated him to eighth place with -15 while the title remained in the hands of the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who thanks to a birdie on the 72nd hole accumulated 20 strokes under par and outscored his only guard by one Aaron Wise. While, Fabián Gómez did not make the cut.
Viktor Hovland celebrated on the last hole
After a start affected by the rain, the conditions became favorable to reach low scores. Cricket got a birdie at 4 and was tied at the top alongside Hovland, who accumulated three consecutive hits and also reached 17 shots under par.
However, in the sixth hole would come the beginning of the end for the aspirations of the Argentine: he fell into the bunker in a very uncomfortable position and ended up costing him a bogey that came at a higher cost as the Norwegian birdie and gained a two-shot lead.
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The chances of Cricket winning Argentina’s 15th PGA Tour victory vanished after a new bogey at 10, a hole that caused him problems from the second round. In consecuense, fell back to fourth place three strokes behind the leader. Then, in the 13th, the Chaco made a birdie that left him par for the day, but a new error in the 15th meant that he closed the day on the par of the tournament and finished in eighth place.
With a spectacular final round of eight shots under par, thanks to an eagle in the seventh and three consecutive birdies from 13 to 15, Wise accumulated -19 and reached Hovland, who despite scoring a bogey at 12, quickly recovered with two hits on 13 and 14. The definition came on the last hole, where the Norwegian had a brilliant approach of 148 yards and made a birdie that earned him the second title (Puerto Rico in February 2020) of its career in his second season on the circuit.
Emiliano Grillo was the protagonist in a large part of the contest
With a 66-63-68-72 card, Grillo accumulated a score of 15 strokes under par. With this performance, climbed 24 places in the FedEx Cup standings and reached 47th place. On the first day, he had registered -5 product of seven birdies (four consecutive) and two bogeys (2 and 4).
Thanks to an exhibition of golf in the second round, in which he completed 63 strokes (-8) product of nine birdies and a single error, the Chaco finished as the only leader. Also, equaled his best record on the PGA Tour: the 63 impacts (-7) recorded at the 2019 Sony Open held in Hawaii.
The player emerged from the Chaco Golf Club showed a high level in all facets of the game and reached the top of the tournament with five hits in the first nine holes. At 10 he needed three putts that cost him a bogey. However, he continued to give himself birdie options. On 11th his putt was just short and he did not fall.
Then, he basted three consecutive hits: in 12 he left her with a spectacular approach, in 13 he even had an eagle option and, in 14, he showed firmness with a putt that entered the center of the hole. The rest was in par 4 of 17, where he managed to establish four strokes clear of his guards Tony Finau and Tom Hoge.
The Camaleón Golf Club located in Playa del Carmen (Mexico) was a propitious setting for a good performance of Cricket since it is a field that feels comfortable to you. Until the final day, he accumulated 18 consecutive rounds with a score below par in this tournament.
During the third round, although he did not get as many birdies, he remained on top against the stalks of Finau, Justin Thomas (tournament’s best with 62 third-round hits) and Adam Long. He had a good performance in the first leg, in which he scored three hits (1, 5 and 7). Meanwhile, on the return, he made two bogeys (10 and 12) that he managed to compensate with two birdies in 13 and 15. The Chaco took advantage of the three par 5 of the field, but he had a dose of bad luck on several occasions when the ball touched the edge of the holes but did not fall.
About the end of the day Hoge he cut the difference to a single stroke thanks to five hits in the last six holes. For its part, Tony Finau stood out with a hole in one made on the fourth hole (116 yards) of the third round.
Fabián Gómez did not pass the cut
The 76 strokes with those who completed the first round considerably conditioned Fabián Gómez’s chances of advancing in the competition.
A double bogey on par 4 of the second hole and a bogey on the third (in both he received a penalty on his tee shot) anticipated what would be an adverse day for the Chaco. The birdie on the sixth hole had little flavor and on the return the complications appeared again.
He failed to correct his inaccuracies from the tee, He hit only five fairways in the entire round, and it cost him dearly. He added four bogeys (11, 14, 15 and 16) in seven holes in which he only made mistakes with the putt on par 3 of 15. His hit on 17 hardly served to decorate a score of +5 a bit.
In the second round, Gomez could make up his score with 69 strokes (-2) product of five birdies (four on the return) and three bogeys. In this way, he ended up with an accumulated three hits over par, away from the cutoff set at -1.
Meanwhile, they did not pass the cut Brooks koepka (AND), Rickie fowler (E), the Colombian Sebastian Muñoz (+1) and Kristoffer Ventura (+2).