DeChambeau pegged back in Maryland

29 August 2021 19:56:32 GMTPlus11
DeChambeau rues errors

Bryson DeChambeau was made to rue mistakes on the back nine of his third round at the BMW Championship on Saturday, as Patrick Cantlay moved alongside him at the top of the leaderboard.

The big-hitting American is priced at 3.20 to go on and win the second event of this year's FedEx Cup playoffs, but he could have been in a much more commanding position had it not been for mistakes late in his third round.

DeChambeau, who missed a six-foot putt for a 59 on Friday, continued to impress early in his third round at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland, picking up back-to-back eagles at the fourth and fifth holes, as he reached the turn in 30.

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A further birdie at the 11th saw the 27-year-old move onto 23-under-par, as he threatened to run away with proceedings, but he then found the water at his next two holes, dropping a total of three shots, as his round seemingly unravelled.

The 2020 US Open champion eventually signed for a score of 67 to finish the day on 21-under and he admitted his driver "just didn't feel right" towards the end of his round.

"Front nine I played really good," DeChambeau told reporters. "But that's OK. I scraped it around. "Got to clean up the driver from today."

Fellow American Cantlay has joined DeChambeau at the top of the leaderboard, and he could have held the outright advantage had he not dropped his only shot of the day at the last.

However, the 29-year-old was still pleased with the steady progress he made and he feels he is well positioned heading into Sunday's final round.

"I didn't make too many mistakes," Cantlay said. "Played solid, didn't putt as well as I did the first couple days but probably hit it a little better, and I thought it was a good day and I'm in a good spot for tomorrow."

Sungjae Im is the nearest challenger to the leading pair, as he sits in third place on 18-under, while a group of four players, including Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, are a stroke further back.

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