England’s Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion recovering from Covid-19, fired a five-under par 67 to leap into rivalry after Saturday’s third spherical of the US PGA Corales Puntacana Championship.
Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos and American Joel Dahmen, every chasing a primary US PGA title, shared a one-stroke lead on 10-under 206 with Willett and Canada’s Michael Gilgic one stroke adrift after 54 holes at the Dominican resort.
“I took advantage of the par 5s and just hang onto your hat on 16, 17 and 18,” Dahmen mentioned. “These are tough holes coming in.”
Campos, a 36-hole co-leader, sank a protracted birdie putt at 18 to complete on 69 and match Dahmen, who fired a 68.
“I’m happy with where I’m at,” Campos mentioned. “I can’t believe I’m where I’m at but I’m happy to be in this position.”
Willett missed The Players Championship after testing constructive for Covid-19 and mentioned this week he had nonetheless not totally recovered, however added the event after falling out of discipline for this week’s WGC Match Play.
“The game was good before Covid,” he mentioned. “We were good managing fatigue and (wanted to) see how we were to add this in.”
The 33-year-old from Sheffield birdied the par-5 fourth and closed the entrance 9 with 4 birdies in a row, however failed to realize floor on the again 9, birdies at the par-3 eleventh and par-5 14th every adopted by a bogey on the following gap.
“I was really solid, didn’t do a great deal wrong,” Willett mentioned. “I had a real nice spell in the middle. From there I kind of got the better side of par.
“And you are not going to tackle a few the sneaky pins which are on the market with the winds. The final 4 holes performed actually powerful, so I feel to play them in stage was in all probability the icing on the cake.”
With a return trip to the Masters less than two weeks away, Willett enjoyed being back in the Sunday hunt.
“It’s good to be again,” he said. “With that sizzling little streak within the center there, we acquired proper within the combine.
“You get the juices flowing. Trying to play, control your own stuff, do what you can do and keep looking at the leaderboard.
“First week out, so actually no strain to sort of play nice straightaway, however it’s all the time good whenever you come out like this.”