DeChambeau charges way into Memorial lead
DUBLIN, Ohio —Bryson DeChambeau was nearly flawless, signing for a 6-under 66 that included six birdies, four of them on the final five holes, to finish at 14-under-par 202 and hold a one-shot lead on Saturday, June 2, after three rounds of play in The Memorial Tournament, played under warm and benign conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
Patrick Cantlay, and second-round co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann of Chile are one back after 54 holes at the sumptuous Jack Nicklaus-designed track. Stanley and Niemann led by two strokes after the second round.
Cantlay fired a 66 on Saturday that included a hole in one on the 185-yard eighth hole, four birdies, an eagle on the par-5 15th and bogeys on the 14th and the closing holes.
Stanley's performance was also up and down, with bogeys on three of his first six holes, six birdies and a final bogey on the closing hole made him settle for a 70 that dropped him to second place. Niemann, the world's top amateur player until he turned pro in April, also recorded a 70 after moving up the leaderboard with a birdie on the final hole.
DeChambeau said afterward that he changed the loft on his putter this week and that the adjustment has been a key to his move into the lead.
"That aspect of my game is very strong, and my ball striking has been very good this week—I've been on the range long hours getting to this point," DeChambeau said. "Fortunately when I've missed shots I've missed them in the right place and been able to get up and down when I've had to."
DeChambeau is chasing his second win on the PGA Tour; his first was at last year's John Deere Classic.
"If I can control my emotions and assure that I'm executing every one of my shots to the best of my ability, I have a pretty good chance of getting it done tomorrow," DeChambeau said.
Byeong Hun An of South Korea (who carded a 69 on Saturday) finished the day tied alone in fifth at 12-under while Justin Rose of England, the winner last week at the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial, was in sixth at 10-under after a 69 in the third round.
Tiger Woods, who has won this tournament five times, played himself into the fringes of contention on Saturday with a 68 that could have easily been better.
Woods missed a short birdie putt on the 14th and had three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes to finish in a tie for seventh at 9-under along with Whee Kim of South Korea (a 67 on Saturday), J.B. Holmes (71) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (71).
The round of the day belonged to Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who fashioned a bogeyless 8-under 64 that included an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole.
McIlroy started the day at even par for the tournament and ended the third round tied for 11th at 8 under 208 in a 10-player group that includes Adam Scott of Australia, Sweden's David Lingmerth, and South Korea's Si Woo Kim.