Then came Cameron Young, a young rising star on the PGA Tour and 43-year-old two-time Masters champion Pappa Watson.
By the end of Saturday evening’s game, the 27-year-old Pereira, playing in his second major golf championship, was confident, courageous, and topping the leaderboard again. After 69 in the third round, he will enter the final round on Sunday with a three-stroke lead against Jaladoris and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Pereira, after stumbling in a mid-round, passed the other third-round competitors with a series of birds in the 13th and 14th holes. Then, to cheer him on with a packed 18th green grandstand, he finished his day by sinking a 27-foot Birdie puddle to go all the way to the nine-under for the match.
Although Pereira is ranked 100th in the world and is not popular in professional golf, he has been ranked in the top three on the PGA Tour this year, and has won three times on the tour of the Korn Ferry Tour, the best minor league circuit.
Jaladoris had a flat start on Saturday, scoring four overs and 39 runs in the previous nine overs, but Rocky established himself by healing some of his woes to shoot 73.
After driving his first two holes, Fitzpatrick was under five throughout his round to score 67 runs.
Young, the father of David Young, a longtime golfer at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club on the outskirts of New York, drove 296-yard bar 4 17th hole into the green and charged a late fee for a short-footed eagle. With four birdies in his round, Young scored 67 and was fourth under five overall.