After Friday’s second round of the 2022 DP World Championship, John Rahm felt like he left a couple of shots on the field during his under-6 run.
On Saturday, his thoughts were very different.
“I don’t think I could shoot lower today. Maximized the round,” Ram said. “I wasn’t the best on the court, but I managed to get some birdies out of some not so good situations. I didn’t hit any of the par 5 fairways and still played them 3 under par.”
Ram fired a 7-under-65 on move day to take a 15-under 15 lead in a tournament heading into the final round. He was four shots behind 36-hole leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton before the third round, but now the two are chasing the Spaniard.
On Saturday at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the world’s fifth-ranked Ram had seven birds and no ghosts. He’s ahead of Fitzpatrick, who crossed two short, one, and Alex Noren, two. Hatton and Rory McIlroy are T-4, 12 short, three behind. McIlroy tied Ram with a score of 7-under.
In its current form McIlroy is expected to win. DP World Tour points credit. There’s a lot of fluidity left in the points race with the 18 holes, but it’s clear what McIlroy’s goal is.
“It’s really cool, I got to this point in the game in 15 years as a pro and I’m still trying to do something for the first time,” said McIlroy. “I’ve never won the FedEx Cup and this tour ranking in the same year, so that would be great.
“It’s been a wonderful year. I played very, very good golf and played golf very consistently. If I can go there tomorrow and score well and do my job, it will be a really good way to end a great year.”
Fitzpatrick, who finished second in the standings, could take the title with a win if McIlroy didn’t finish second on his own.
However, the two are chasing Ram on his way to Dubai on Sunday.
“I hope tomorrow I can play a little better off the tee and still have good iron play and a good shot,” Ram said.