2023 Charles Schwab Challenge leaderboard: Viktor Hovland in pursuit of co-leaders Harry Hall, Adam Schenk
Hovland's 66 helped the Norwegian climb more than 30 spots into the top 10 after Round 3 at Colonial CC
It wasn't pretty, but it was effective for Harry Hall in the third round at the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club. Commanding the 18- and 36-hole lead, the Englishman who hails from Las Vegas navigated his way around the tricky par 70 en route to a 2-over 72 to maintain his position atop the leaderboard alongside Adam Schenk at 10 under heading into the final day of action.
Hall hit some turbulence early in Round 3 when an ill-advised approach on the par-4 6th settled 40 yards long of the putting surface, resulting in a double bogey. Another double bogey quickly followed in the par-4 7th, and all of sudden Hall was spinning. Typically the time when an unassuming rookie searching for his first PGA Tour victory would cede center stage, the end of Saturday's play could instead prove to be a launching pad for the 25-year-old.
Two back-nine birdies catapulted Hall's back above all the rest and may push him into the driver's seat of a brand new Ford Bronco. However, in order to do so, he will need to skirt past not only Schenk, but also a resurgent Harris English at 9 under and pesky foes Emiliano Grillo and Justin Suh at 6 under.
T1. Adam Schenk, Harry Hall (-10)
Hall has his eyes on becoming the first wire-to-wire winner at Colonial since Ian Baker Finch, while Schenk has eyes on redeeming himself for his action two months ago. Schenk led after the first three rounds of play at the Valspar Championship in March when disaster struck on the 72nd hole and ultimately led to a runner-up finish outside Tampa.
Schenk has since added a new member to the family, gained some fresh perspective and also lost his form — that was until this week. The former Purdue standout has missed four of his last five cuts and will serve as the experienced member of Sunday's final pair. Despite the disparity in experience, both will be searching for more than just their first wins; major championship exemptions, a massive leap in the FedEx Cup (in a year when only the top 70 qualify for the postseason) and job security will all be on the line.
2. Harris English (-9)
T4. Justin Suh, Emiliano Grillo (-6)
T6. Viktor Hovland, Kevin Streelman, David Lipsky, Byeong Hun An (-5)
T10. Scottie Scheffler, Brian Harman, Aaron Rai, Ben Martin, Chad Ramey, Andrew Putnam (-4)
The world No. 1 has been terrific for the last year and a half, but if there is a weakness in his bag it has to be the putter. He ranked 67th in strokes gained putting out of 72 players on Saturday and has lost nearly five strokes across three rounds on the greens alone. To make matters worse, his effort at Colonial on Saturday marked his third straight poor performance on Moving Day when considering his even-par round at the Byron Nelson and his regression last week at the PGA Championship. It's probably nothing, but it's eye-catching, and his streak of 14 straight top-12 finishes may now be in jeopardy.
Hovland's 66 ages like fine wine
The Norwegian took some time to get his feet underneath him after coming into the week fresh off major disappointment at the PGA Championship. Firing the round of the day with a 4-under 66 on Saturday, Hovland slowly but surely moved up the leaderboard as the day progressed and Colonial continued to bake out. He stands at 5 under and climbed more than 30 spots into the top 10 ahead of the deciding final round despite some bad luck along the way.
2023 Charles Schwab Challenge updated odds and picks
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
- Adam Schenk: 21/10
- Harris English: 12/5
- Harry Hall: 13/5
- Viktor Hovland: 18-1
- Emiliano Grillo: 22-1
- Scottie Scheffler: 25-1
- Justin Suh: 30-1
- Byeong Hun An: 50-1
- Kevin Streelman: 90-1
The PGA Tour is pushing Colonial to the brink with the course renovation looming on Monday. The course averaged more than a stroke over par on Saturday, and anything under par from the final two in Round 4 should seal the deal. However, things just get weird at this tournament. Sam Burns came back from seven strokes a season ago, and something similar could be in store given the co-leaders. With this in mind, let's take a chance on Hovland (18-1), who appears to have shaken off any signs of a major championship hangover. He is priced close to his pre-tournament odds and is more than capable of making a charge from five back.
Horrid end for Scheffler
That is three bogeys in his final four holes for Scottie Scheffler. A 2-over 72 puts him five off the current lead of 9 under. The final groups have a pair of holes left and are looking to maintain this edge over the world No. 1.
Another poor Saturday for Scheffler
Today's effort will mark his third straight third round at even par or worse and may be something to key in on moving forward. The world No. 1 got it to 7 under numerous times today but has since back tracked with two bogeys in his last three holes. With two holes remaining, he is four off the pace.
Co-leaders drop shots
Emiliano Grillo finds the water on 13 and makes double while Harris English drops a shot on the 12th. This means English and Adam Schenk are now tied for the lead at 9 under along with Harry Hall who is not going away after a poor front nine. Scheffler drops one of his own and is now 6 under.
English jumps into share with birdie
The former Georgia Bulldog has reached 10 under with a birdie on the 10th. He takes to the par-5 11th looking to surpass his co-leader Emiliano Grillo who is in the group in front and was unable to take advantage of the scoring chance. Adam Schenk, Harry Hall and Scottie Scheffler round out the top five.
Scheffler just three back
Uh, oh here we go again. The world No. 1 is just three back after a birdie on the par-5 11th. He is 1 under for the day and is back at 7 under. Emiliano Grillo is the solo leader at 10 under with Harris English at 9.
After making double on No. 6, Hall has hit his second into a penalty area on No. 7. He is at 10 under and likely to drop a couple more and fall out of the lead for the first time since taking it on Thursday. All of a sudden, Scottie Scheffler is just four strokes behind.
66s in the house
Justin Suh and Viktor Hovland have posted 4-under 66s for the early rounds of the day. There are not too many players moving forward as Colonial is being pushed to the brink in terms of firmness. Harry Hall as found some trouble on the sixth and is 40 yards over the green with his second. His lead could vanish here momentarily.