Even without the big flow with the putter, Kristoffer Ventura (25) delivered another good round and is really in the winning battle before the last round of the PGA tournament Sandersons Farm Championship.
The Norwegian is now only one stroke behind the lead before the final round, after going Saturday’s round four strokes below par.
– Today I had to be patient. I did not put as many putts as I normally do, so it was nice to put the put on the last hole and finish with style, says Ventura in an interview with the organizer.
Only Sergio Garcia, JT Poston and Cameron Davis are ahead of Ventura before the final round.
– It is as everyone says, you have to take one blow at a time. For me, it’s more mental. If I do my absolute best, then that’s the best I can do and I can sleep well no matter what happens tomorrow. That’s the way I have approached the game in recent months, and it has really paid off, says Ventura.
Kristoffer Ventura was in a shared fifth place before the third round of the Sandersons Farms Championship, and again delivered impressive play in Saturday’s round.
Already on hole 1 came the first birdie, and he followed up with a new birdie on hole 3. After some good birdie attempts, he had to see that today’s first bogey came on hole 9, but Ventura hit back hard.
On hole 10, he chipped in for a birdie from just over 15 meters, and followed up with a new birdie on the hole after.
The Norwegian had several good birdie opportunities on the last seven holes, but struggled to turn it into a birdie and had to wait until hole 18 to be able to record a birdie again. With that, he finished the round four strokes under par, 68 strokes. Ventura has delivered very stably in the first three rounds, with rounds of 67, 68 and 68 strokes.
– Look at that ending then! Birdie at last, it’s so good to take with you, said Eurosport commentator Per Haugsrud when the birdie putt on hole 18 fell in.
The final round will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 from 10 pm, where the winner will walk away with around 11 million Norwegian kroner.
Ventura delivered his best performance on the PGA Tour: – Absolutely beautiful
Ventura has performed well on the PGA Tour since the start of the season three weeks ago, recording the best result of his career on the PGA Tour during the Safeway Open, where he finished in a split seventh place.
Should he play his way to victory in Sunday’s final round, he will be the second Norwegian to win the PGA Tour. Viktor Hovland (23) became the first when he won the Puerto Rico Open in February, but should Ventura win this week’s tournament, it will be by far the biggest victory for a Norwegian men’s golfer ever.
With a top position, Ventura will also have secured a very good start in the FedEx Cup, where the 125 best keep the “card” on the PGA Tour. Ventura is currently in 24th place after three tournaments and has a good opportunity to make it into the top ten, which will ensure him a very good starting point for the rest of the season.