LIV Golf LIVE: Leaderboard and Day 3 Scores while Dustin Johnson Carlos Ortiz. haunts

Carlos Ortiz leads Dustin Johnson by one shot after first round on LIV Portland

Follow all the action as Dustin Johnson and Carlos Ortiz take a slice of the lead on the final lap of the second LIV Golf event.

Johnson made eight birdies in a round of 68 yesterday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, as the former world No. 1 looks set to take home the dazzling top prize of £3.25 million. Ortiz, one of the newest recruits to the Saudi-backed breakout, shot a 69 to ensure that he joins Johnson at the top of the standings eight under par. Their closest challenger comes in the form of Branden Grace, who two shots back. Fellow South African Justin Harding starts a shot further adrift at five-under-par, while Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed still have a chance as they start four shots ahead.

One man certainly not ready to press charges is Phil Mickelson, who has endured another scorching week after his disastrous performance at the US Open. The 52-year-old is six-over-par but will be back in action as LIV Golf events do not include a cut. In the team event, 4 Aces lead GC, led by Johnson, with -15. The all-South African Stingers GC team, which won at Centurion Club last month, will start second. Follow all the actions below:

1656804463

LIV Golf Portland

Johnson misreads his birdie putt and again gives him too much credit on the high side, and as with 11, Grace got a perfect look from behind. This time, however, the South African’s own effort just runs out of time and dies away from the hole at the end. Ortiz’s lead remains at one.

Tom KershawJuly 3, 2022 00:27

1656804155

LIV Golf Portland

Grace steps onto the 11th tee and blazes his ramp to the right. However, he gets free relief and is able to blur his approach around a tree and the ball just drops onto the front of the green. It’s a big breakaway and he, Johnson and Ortiz will all be a similar length for birdie.

Tom KershawJuly 3, 2022 00:22

1656803331

LIV Golf Portland

Oosthuizen has birded three of his last four holes and has moved to -7, three shots back.

Back at 10, all three players in the last group have found the green. Ortiz and Johnson get their pars, but Grace got a great read of the latter’s effort and rolled in for his birdie. The South African moves to -9 and is now only one shot from the lead.

Tom KershawJuly 3, 2022 00:08

1656802409

LIV Golf Portland

After missing a short hole on the last hole, Ortiz holds his nerve to save par on 9. He makes the turn at 35, but what at one point was a four-shot lead has been reduced to two by Johnson and Grace.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:53 PM

1656802221

LIV Golf Portland

Patrick Reed is two-under for his round so far, but a birdie chance flies by at 11am and he remains four shots off the lead.

The lowest running round to date comes from Phachara Khongwatmai. The 23-year-old is four-under through 10 holes, which is quite the turnaround as he shot 77 and 75 respectively on Thursday and Friday.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 23:50

1656801355

LIV Golf Portland

Grace drives the green on the 330-yard 8th and two putts for birdie. He goes to -8 and at that point is soon joined by Johnson, who stiffened his approach to just a few yards. Ortiz can only make par and the lead is now only two.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:35 PM

1656800627

LIV Golf Portland

That’s the first crack in Ortiz’s armor. He pulls a short putt to save par on 7th and slides back to -10. Johnson has an almost identical birdie putt, knows the line and confidently rolls it into the center of the hole. Ortiz still has a three-stroke lead but there were signs of nerves from the Mexican and that’s a big momentum shift.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:23 PM

1656800207

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 11:16 PM

1656799620

LIV Golf Portland

Ortiz’s momentum has slowed down a bit with pars on 5 and 6, but the Mexican is still way up front with a four-shot lead.

The team event is a little closer, with the 4 Aces (Johnson, Perez, Reed, Gooch) two shots ahead of the Fireballs (Ortiz, Ancer, Garcia, Lopez).

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 23:07

1656799329

LIV Golf Portland

LIV Golf just announced Paul Casey as their newest big name signing. The Englishman, who once said he would refuse to play in Saudi Arabia because he was UNICEF ambassador, has been absent from the PGA Tour since March due to a back injury.

Tom KershawJuly 2, 2022 23:02

Leave a Comment