Big Saturday Gives DeChambeau Lead

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Bryson DeChambeau shot an 8-under third round on Saturday at the Northern Trust to put distance between himself and the rest of the field.   His closest chaser, Keegan Bradley leapfrogged the field with a course record 9-under round to finish 12-under overall.  There is a a whose who of great players left in the wake of these two monster rounds.

Then there was Cameron Smith that sits in a tie for third after a Saturday score of 65.   The round is Projected to move him from No. 53 to No. 15 in the FedExCup.  Cameron also Leads the field in scrambling through 54 holes.
A bit of a surprise move as he has just four top fives in the last two seasons and has recorded three under-par scores through three rounds after having just four such scores in his last 20 rounds entering the week
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The Final Round Setup
It will take a huge final round and DeChambeau to stay in either neutral or slide for the field to catch him.  It’s tough to rule the likes of Brooks Koepka or even Keegan Bradley but they will need a re-create the rounds that Bryson and Keegan put forth on Saturday in order to contend.
Phil Mickelson
After a strong second round by Phil Mickelson, on Moving day Phil shot a 68 to move into a tie for 7th at 9-under with Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka.
Phil’s consistency to hand around in tournaments is uncanny, although he has not really played well enough to compete for a victory in weeks.   Stringing four rounds together has been a struggle for him and the opportunity in front of him this week is as important for his head as it is for his Ryder Cup Chances.
Woods also shot a 68 in his third round.  It was his first bogey free round of the season though he sits tied for 49th for the tournament at 3-under.   He has played more consecutive tournaments than we have seen him play in years and that includes some of his best.
It could just be a tough week, or it could be him tiring out a bit.
Keep a lookout
Tony Finau sits at tied at 11-under and of those players close, he has the distance and the game to give DeChambeau a run on Sunday.  That is if Bryson struggles or just holds serve.
Jordan Spieth is also talking about feeling like his old self.   In order for the world to agree with that stance, he will need to putt well on Sunday.  Something he has not done all season.   Jordan is tied with many at 9-under.
Billy Horschel is also close this week.  When you consider consistency, Horschel is a player that has exemplified that term all season.  He plays nearly every week and seems to be lurking every week.   He has a win this season and three top 10’s.

Author: Jhavelka