Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay contest dramatic day at BMW Championship

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay locked horns on 21-under-par after a rollercoaster third round at the BMW Championship.

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Sat, 28 Aug 2021
Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay contest dramatic day at BMW Championship

On a day when it looked as though Bryson DeChambeau could run away with it, he shares the lead with Patrick Cantlay on 21-under-par heading into the final round of the BMW Championship.

DeChambeau began the day with a one-shot lead over Cantlay on 16-under-par and he extended his lead on the third hole with a birdie and bolstered his card with back-to-back eagles on the 4th and 5th holes.

The 5th hole is a 322-yard par-4, which is driveable for the majority of the players in the field, and the World No. 6 drove his ball on to the green and holed a massive 53-foot putt for eagle.

DeChambeau then rolled in a 29-foot putt for another birdie at the 8th hole and suddenly, the former US Open champion held a four-shot lead.

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But his control on the tournament began to fade on the back nine at Caves Valley Golf Club. He found the water with his second shot at the par-5 12th hole which led to a bogey.

And then on the par-3 13th hole, a baffled DeChambeau hit his tee shot into the water at the front of the green, which led to a damaging double-bogey and now Cantlay led by one shot on 21-under-par.

Cantlay, who won the Memorial Tournament in June, went about his business with few mistakes on Saturday. He played his front nine in 3-under-par and added birdies at the 11th, 12th and 13th holes to move ahead of DeChambeau.

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After both players birdied the par-5 16th hole, Cantlay held a one-shot lead on 22-under-par until he made his only bogey of the day at the 18th hole to draw level with DeChambeau.

It was a turbulent day for the World No. 1 Jon Rahm, who made costly errors on his back nine to settle for a 2-under-par 70 to finish on 16-under-par for the week, five shots behind the leaders.

Rahm played his front nine in 4-under-par, but three bogeys in his last six holes took the sting out of his challenge to win back-to-back BMW Championships.

 

 

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