Who is Mito Pereira? Rookie without notice advances to PGA Championship final

TULSA, Oklahoma – Mito Pereira is a stunning contender for the 2022 PGA Championship, three shots ahead of Will Zalatoris in Sunday’s final round.

For the friendly sports bettors of us, Pereira looks like a great long shot pick. Tipico had him at +140000 to win the Southern Hills Country Club before the tournament started.

But golf fans have heard his name for a while. The PGA Tour rookie is the first player to win a card since 2016 after being promoted through the Three-Victory Promotion on the Korn Ferry Tour in June 2021, and finished 12th overall.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Pereira grew up playing against Joaquin Niemann and placed #100 in the official World Golf Rankings.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the unknown rookie heading towards Sunday’s final of the PGA Championship.

He played one college season before turning pro.

Pereira was part of Texas Tech’s 2014-15 men’s golf team. He finished second on the team with an average of 72.2 points scored and was named to the All Big 12 Championship team.

almost medals at the olympics

Pereira represented her country Chile in the men’s golf tournament at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Japan.

He nearly took some hardware as well as he finished at 15-under and finished in a rough seven-way playoff for bronze with Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Paul Casey, Sebastian Munoz and CT Pan. Pan eventually won the 3rd place prize.

Mito Ferreira leads Will Zalatoris by three shots ahead of the PGA Championship final.

The best PGA Tour finish is a solo third.

Pereira made 17 cuts in 27 PGA Tour competitions. His best career record is finishing third solo at the Fortinet Championship in September 2021. This remains his only record in the top ten. He tied for 17th at AT&T Byron Nelson, which he tuned for the Southern Hills a week ago.

only played in his second major

Pereira missed the cut at the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. The 2022 PGA Championship marks his second start in a major championship.

Winning the PGA would be worth more than his career earnings

Pereira is aiming for a first place prize of $2.7 million by winning the Southern Hills. The PGA of America announced that the prize pool of $15 million and the winner’s check have been increased from the $2.16 Phil Mickelson received a year ago.

$2.7 million surpasses his total career earnings of $2,618,115.

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