Young Grillo embraces his major challenge at PGA

Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:58pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.

"I want to be here. I wanted this my whole life. I want to win a major," Grillo told reporters on Friday after shooting three-under-par 67 at Baltusrol to tie for third with world number one and defending champion Jason Day.

"We want to see our names on the board. We want to win. We want to hold the trophy. That is what we're here for.

"I am going to feel the nerves tomorrow, that's for sure. Makes sense. But I'm going to enjoy it."

Grillo, 23, will be paired with Australian Day in the group ahead of American co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

"I think I played very nice today, especially off the tee. Made some good putts on the front nine and I was able to hang on on the back nine," said Grillo, who made four birdies including a 40-footer before the turn, and then dropped one shot coming home.

Grillo said he takes confidence from his tie for 12th at the British Open and his season-opening victory in the Open.

"A win is a win and it's hard to learn to win. Some people have it, some people don't," the PGA Tour rookie said.   Continued...

Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; Emiliano Grillo hits his second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports