Bernd Wiesberger shoots 65 to earn top contender status
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


Bernd Wiesberger is a two-time winner on the European Tour, and he is making a name for himself at the 96th PGA Championship. With a bogey-free 65 in the third round, Wiesberger moved into solo second at 12-under par, one stroke behind the man they call Rory.

The 28-year-old from Austria was cruising along nicely at three-under par when he came to the 508-yard par-4 16th. He hit a great approach to 2-feet and rolled in the birdie to start a memorable finish. On 17, he nearly holed his approach with an 8-iron and tapped in for another birdie. On 18, he got up-and-down for birdie, and a round of 65.

Wiesberger said, “It was good out there. I really enjoyed playing with Phil first of all. We had some good crowds cheering, cheering him mainly, it was a good experience, and very proud the way I played today obviously.”

The foundation of Bernd’s game is his driver. He said, “I know if I drive the ball well and don’t get ahead of myself, I can play good golf. You know, I was kind of surprised that I was really calm today out on the first tee box. We had great crowds there with Phil. And hitting the first tee shot down the center obviously was a bit of a relief there.”

Wiesberger does not seem to have expectations for tomorrow’s pairing with Rory, but hitting the driver well and staying calm will be keys to his success.

“I’m just trying to enjoy as I did today. I was in a great situation going into the round this afternoon and I felt quite calm. I’m friends with Rory and I’m sure it’s going to be a nice situation out there tomorrow again. Hopefully do the things well that I did today. Yeah, just enjoy myself. From now on, it’s just a bonus, really.”

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–Bernie D’Amato