Others had their chances … especially on 18 to the Colonial

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Consider the four players who tied for second, a stroke back. Each had a putt at 18 that could have given a place in the playoffs.Bryson DeChambeau of birdie putt was 12-1/2 feet. “Thought I made the putt and it just broke at the end, unfortunately,” he said. “It was a bit of my day.”

DeChambeau of the day was actually more impacted by a bogey at 17 after he rallied with five birdies in a nine-hole stretch.

“Watered the 17, took a jumper from the first cut and was not expecting it and flew too far away, then a small chip shot, muffed, just don’t come out very well,” he explained. “Hit a good putt and just missed.”

Justin Rose’s missed putt at 18 years was 18 feet. It looked good most of the way.

“It was a sweet right-to-left anyway,” he said. “I’ve played about 6 to 8 inches of break, and this is how I have the habit of reading the putts is more the maximum of the break and a sort of walk past speed.

“I was aware that this is a must-make putt, and then sometimes you discuss with you to take all of them out and get them out there, but I don’t make putts this way. It’s not my routine. As well, a couple of feet, I thought I had to be honest with you.”

When he missed, Pink, and lets out an “Aaaahh” and flipped his putter in the air.

“I’ve heard it myself, so that I think that sometimes, if the crowd are there, their sort of moans or cries, whatever it may be, would have drowned me,” he said. “Then, sometimes, you suddenly realize that you do make a little noise sometimes, you even, and it surprised me a little, there on 18.”

Jason Kokrak of the putt from 8 feet. It has been the best player of the day, shooting a 64 to zoom to the top of the ranking. It was a great day to get himself in a conflict. But he needed to shoot 63.

“A couple mental errors,” he said about his round. “I looked it up on 11, missed a short par putt there. But very happy. Made a few long putts, a few great shots, hit a lot better today, it drives better. Put Me in a good position.

“It’s just one of those days that the wind was a little swirling, it’s hard to know where it was, and I made some good putts and put myself out there. Don’t change a thing on my last putt; it is in some sort of dove, a little more than I thought.”

And finally, Xander Schauffele, the 54-hole leader, had a 24-footer. A short miss on 17 had Schauffele scrambling for a birdie on the last hole instead of just having to do it by to the playoffs.

Yes, it was a long putt. But his stroke was pure. His putt came up a half inch short.

“I had a bunch of 10 feet today … and just don’t be one of them,” Schauffele said. “The speed was off. Final Putt on 18 left-to-right in the heart, the nature of sums up kind of my week.”

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