DeChambeau narrowly misses 59

28 August 2021 20:50:28 GMTPlus11
Bryson DeChambeau excelled at the BMW Championship

Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau was left to rue missed putts on 17 and 18 as he came agonisingly close to posting a second-round 59 at the BMW Championship.

DeChambeau is 3.20 to win the BMW and holds a one-shot lead over both 1.36 shot Patrick Cantlay and world number one Jon Rahm, who is 4001.00 and who still has three holes of his second round to complete.

A lot of putts went in. A lot of things went right.

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The Californian powerhouse began his second round at four-under and quickly charged up the leaderboard at a rain-softened Caves Valley Golf Club, opening with back-to-back birdies, before an eagle at the fourth.

He made the turn in just 29, playing the front nine in seven-under, and made three more birdies before an eagle on 16 took him to 12-under for the round.

After a two-putt par on 17, DeChambeau looked to have a 59 in his grasp when he hit his approach to the last to six feet, only for his birdie putt to slide left off the hole.

With DeChambeau at 16-under for the tournament, the BMW, the second of three FedEx Cup play-off events on the PGA Tour, may well develop into a three-horse race over the weekend.

Late misses not a concern

"A lot of putts went in. A lot of things went right," DeChambeau said in his post-round TV interview.

"I played my butt off and never thought too much about anything until the last few holes. I just wasn't able to clutch those putts up."

Jordan Spieth, who played alongside DeChambeau for the first two rounds added: "When he's driving it that straight, it's got to be what it was like in the early 2000s with Tiger (Woods) just hitting it the furthest and the straightest.

"It's a little easier from there, but you've still got to get it in the hole."

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