DeChambeau comes into Sunday with a four shot lead
Paramus, NJ- The first two days of the Northern Trust had a crowded leaderboard. Jamie Lovemark and Brooks Koepka entered Saturday tied for the lead at -10, but 14 players started the day within four strokes. Saturday saw a significant change to the leaderboard. The two largest changes came from one of the players within striking distance. The other came completely from left field.
Bryson DeChambeau has positioned himself as a rising star in the PGA, and has a reputation as a somewhat avant-guard golfer. He uses unusual irons and wears a beret. He looks different than most golfers on tour. He’s earned that spot primarily through his play, and he showed his skills on Moving Day at the Northern Trust.
DeChambeau birdied five holes on the front, and controlled his drives well. The only blemish was a bogey on 7, caused by a poor drive to the right side rough. The 24 year old Modesto, California, native recouped and notched four more birdies on the back nine, including the final two holes. The SMU alum recorded his career low round of 63 on the PGA, and gave himself a golden opportunity for his third PGA victory.
“I felt like every time I was able to hit it in the fairway, I was attacking flags. My golf swing was feeling great, and my putting, that’s been the key this week and I’ve been rolling my rock really well. It’s thanks to the sick putter guys, they have been doing a great job for me.”
While DeChambeau was expected, Keegan Bradley came completely from nowhere. The Woodstock, Vermont, native was at one point, among the most exciting golfers on Tour. His PGA Championship win as a rookie in 2011 positioned him for fame in the future. Sadly, he’s only won two other events and none since 2012. He did, however, get into a playoff at the end of this very tournament in that 2012 season along with Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas. Haas eventually won the tournament in that playoff.
Through the first two rounds of the Northern Trust, Bradley was at -3. He had good shots, but was seven strokes out of the lead on moving day. He proceeded to shoot a -9, for the low day on the tournament. Bradley birdied the first three holes and added another on 7. On the back, Bradley notched four more birdies and close the round with birdies on 17 and 18. He only had a 50% driving efficiency rate, but hit every green in regulation.
“I can’t remember the last time I felt that calm and together the whole round, from the very first tee. I actually felt calmer as the day went on. It’s not really normally the case for me. It was fun.”
The two low scorers on Saturday will be the final pairing on Sunday. Bryson DeChambeau has a four stroke lead, but Bradley appears to have his stride. Tee time for the final group is 2 PM Eastern.