DP World Tour
Jul 9th, 2022
Tringale holds onto Scottish Open lead
American battles high winds to stay clear by three
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The American fought against strong afternoon winds in the third Rolex Series event of 2022 - the first tournament to be co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR - and maintained his three shot lead over his closest challengers in Major winner Gary Woodland and countryman Doug Ghim.
“It was definitely more difficult for me today. Yesterday, it seemed pretty easy, and today, it seemed like every hole was a grind to make par. So anyway, happy to be done and happy to be off the course and get some rest," said Tringale.
A four-strong group sit one shot further behind Woodland and Ghim, who posted rounds of 72 and 69 respectively at The Renaissance Club, and leader Tringale will be looking over his shoulder at the big names waiting to pounce.
After shooting an opening 71 in difficult weather conditions on Thursday afternoon, newly-crowned Major Champion Matt Fitzpatrick showed what he is capable of, firing six birdies and storming into contention despite two late bogeys. He signed for a 66 to sit at three under alongside Xander Schauffele, who went one better, carding the low round of the day.
“It was a good day. Wasn't in the best of positions going into the round today given yesterday's weather and performance," said Fitzpatrick .
"It was fantastic to get off to such great start and build on it throughout the whole round. Played solid overall. Couple of poor shot coming in and didn't make them count. It is what it is."
Joining Fitzpatrick and Schauffele on three-under are Jordan Smith and Kurt Kitayama. The Englishman hit an incredible hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole, earning him and his caddie a Genesis vehicle each.
Smith was on his way to a three-under finish when he hit a remarkable 186 yard shot with his six iron and was handed the keys to a new Electrified GV70 SUV, while his caddie, Sam Matton was given an all-electric Genesis GV60.
Tyrrell Hatton was on two-under alongside Rafa Cabrera Bello, Rickie Fowler, Rasmus Højgaard and Joaquin Niemann.