2022 Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard: Will Zalatoris draw for round 3 lead, aiming for first Tour victory

Saturday’s final round of the Farmers Insurance Open will put one of the game’s young stars directly in the spotlight, as 25-year-old Will Zalatoris will play in the final group while seeking his first PGA Tour victory. The 2021 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year entered the fight for Saturday’s final round by going 7 under Friday to overthrow former names like Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

Rahm and Thomas were just leading by -13 with Adam Schenk into Friday’s action. The trio played together in the final pairing, but ran into hiccups that opened the door for Zalatoris and Jason Day to sneak up on the rankings for first place at -14. Rahm shot a straight par 72 but was +2 on his back nine after making the turn with the lead. He double-bogeyed the 10th hole and never created momentum after that, ending the day at -13 and a shot from the lead. Thomas fired a 1-over 73 while Schenk shot a 75.

In addition to Zalatoris, Day and Maverick McNealy both shot 65 to stand out during Friday’s action. McNealy’s 65 was highlighted by an ace and put him at -11 for the event – among a group of 12 players within three shots of the lead. Cameron Young had the best round of the day with a 64, but he remains on the brink of contention at just -8 for the event. Dustin Johnson is among a group of six players at -10 who could also produce a candidate in Saturday’s final round. He recovered nicely after a double bogey on the 14th by birdie two of his last four holes.

But the day truly belonged to Zalatoris, who finished in sixth place in The American Express just two weeks ago. He struck out 39 yards away for the eagle on the second hole and never looked back as he completed a bogey-free day with four straight pars while the others around him batted. In the end, he stood in a draw as the last group went from the 18th.

Rick Gehman and Greg DuCharme respond to Friday’s third round at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open. Follow and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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