Cameron Smith will get to sleep on his co-lead and the possibility of a life-changing $A21 million pay day for an additional night after rocketing up the leaderboard on the Northern Have faith Start with one other file-environment indicate on the US PGA Tour.
Smith shattered the course file with an unprecedented 11-under-par 60 at Liberty National to surge into provisional second region in the $US60m ($A84m) FedExCup playoffs.
However a grim climate forecast forced officials to lengthen the closing round till no no longer as a lot as Monday (US time), leaving Smith to toss and switch one other night over the exciting prospect of duelling with co-leader and world No.1 John Rahm down the stretch.
However the unexpected layoff will additionally come up with the money for the Australian No.1 time to mirror on the round of a lifetime.
In a glorious bogey-free effort that comprises 11 birdies, Smith neglected a 12-foot putt on the 18th gap to fall centimetres short of posting only the 12th magical round of 59 in PGA Tour history – Jim Furyk has the only 58.
However Smith did ample in New Jersey to snare a portion of the third-round lead at 16 under with Rahm, and strength into second pickle on the projected FedExCup standings.
The winner of the obscenely rich playoffs will pocket a $US15m ($A21m) bonus.
Smith’s stunning performance came just two weeks after he tied the PGA tour file for fewest putts in a round with just 18 for the duration of a second-round 62 on the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
There, too, he neglected a birdie strive, from 22 toes, on the last gap that can get damaged the file.
Amazingly, the 28-year-conventional’s career-only round on Saturday came after he’d stormed off the course trailing the Spanish midway leader by seven shots the day gone by.
“I bet that’s just golf, to be honest. It is such a routine sport,” Smith said.
“I left annoyed the day gone by. I felt be pleased I hit my driver form of in each region and I scrambled in reality successfully and got the only out of my sport nevertheless (I changed into) furious.
“I got here this morning, the physique felt a shrimp bit bit assorted and the ball striking changed into positively critically better.”
Smith shrugged off his last-gap neglected putt that can get thrust him into golf’s routine “59 club”.
“I just form of went thru what I might perchance perchance done the leisure of the day and that changed into just a misread. That’s on me,” he said, after his putt dribbled huge.
“I believed it changed into going to reach wait on a shrimp bit bit off the bunker and it didn’t. It is what it’s.”
Rahm recorded a four-under 68 to be a half of Smith, with in-catch South African Eric van Rooyen one shot wait on after equalling the one-day-conventional conventional course file of 62.
Americans Justin Thomas (67) and Tony Finau (68) are at 14 under, with Eire’s 2019 Start champion Shane Lowry (62), Norway’s Victor Hovland (65) and American Tom Hoge (67) one stroke further on the wait on of in a portion of sixth.
Smith’s countrymen Cam Davis (68, six under) and Marc Leishman (69, 5 under) are successfully wait on nevertheless both firmly entrenched in the tip 70 for a pickle in subsequent week’s second play-off match – The BMW Championship.