Bryson DeChambeau’s attempt to get away with the BMW Championship has come undone over the last nine Saturdays, leaving the hard-hitting American tied with Patrick Cantlay before the final round.
The lead pair had a three-stroke lead over South Korean Im Sung-jae in the second of three US PGA Tour FedEx Cup qualifiers.
DeChambeau started the day with a one-shot lead after a scintillating 60 on Friday, and pushed his lead to four strokes after another sizzling front nine that included two birdies and back-to-back eagles in the fourth and fifth.
But after turning his two-footed approach for a birdie at 11, DeChambeau found himself paying the price for stray shots, finding the water with his second shot in the way of a bogey at the 12th par-five and plunging his tee shot at 13 on the way to a double bogey.
He recovered a shot in the 14th, but returned it with a bogey in the 15th.
In a deep rough off the tee at the 16th par-five, DeChambeau managed to land a birdie after hitting his second shot from the raw right to less than a foot.
He finished with a par 67 of five under for 195, which was enough for a share of the lead after Cantlay made his first bogey of the day at 18 to cap a 66.
“Front nine, I played really well,” said DeChambeau, who said his driver “just didn’t feel good” from the seventh hole.
” But it is okay. I scratched it, ”he said,“ I have to clean the driver from today. “
Cantlay had taken the lead over DeChambeau’s lead with a 16-foot eagle on the second hole. He added a birdie in the third, but after back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 – a 13-footer and a tap-in – he was still two steps away.
But as DeChambeau gave up two strokes at the 13th playing partner, Cantlay threw a 35-foot birdie putt, followed by a four-foot birdie at 16 who had kept his nose ahead until his last mistake.
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“It was another day on an easy, smooth golf course so you had to do a bunch of birdies,” Cantlay said. “I thought I played really well overall.
“I didn’t make too many mistakes. I played solid, didn’t put the putt as well as the first few days, but I probably did better, and I thought it was a good day and I’m in a good position. for tomorrow. “
Cantlay said it was “not difficult” to stay patient as DeChambeau built his lead and electrified spectators with his attempt to master the course at Caves Valley Golf Club in suburb of Baltimore, Maryland.
After seeing his 25-foot eagle putt fall to the back of the cut in the fourth par five, DeChambeau hit the green with a 307 yard tee shot on the fifth short par four, then drained a putt from 53 foot eagle.
“I can’t do anything at this point,” Cantlay said. “I’m just trying to stick to my game plan. “
I moved up to third in solo with an under-six 66 that included seven birdies. At under 18, he was one step ahead of Irishman Rory McIlroy, Mexican Abraham Ancer, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and American Sam Burns.
Burns joined the squad with a birdie hole at 18 to cap his 65. McIlroy had seven birdies in his under-65s seven, Ancer has six in his six-under-66s and Garcia has six birdies in his par-five. under 67..
World number one Jon Rahm was another comeback on 200 after a par 70 of two under par that included six birdies and four bogeys – the last in the 18th.
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