OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Substantial, broad and delicate Caves Valley didn’t stand a chance against Bryson DeChambeau on Friday within the BMW Championship. Most efficient the file guide did.
DeChambeau overpowered the vulnerable course, and when his 8-iron to the par-5 16th rolled off a bank on the back of the golf green all the way down to 2 ft for eagle, he wished two birdies on the final two holes to tie the PGA Tour file of 58.
He disregarded from 15 ft on the 17th. He disregarded a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole and lost his relate at the 13th sub-60 spherical in PGA Tour historical past.
DeChambeau had to make a selection for a career-greatest 60, giving him a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay when thunderstorms caused the second spherical to be delayed.
Jon Rahm, the arena’s No. 1 player, also was a shot at the back of and faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole when play was halted by darkness.
“A lot of putts went in. A lot of issues went factual,” DeChambeau said to broadcast outlets. “I played my butt off and by no means understanding too noteworthy about anything till the last few holes, and I striped a 9-iron on 17, striped a power, striped a wedge on 18.
“And factual wasn’t able to grab these putts up.”
It was the second straight week for the duration of the PGA Tour postseason that a player had a putt to break 60 on the final hole. Cameron Smith disregarded from 12 ft at Liberty National within the third spherical last week. DeChambeau had an even larger look than that.
His wedge landed some 25 ft past the flag and the wander caused it to zip back toward the outlet, 6 ft underneath the cup. The putt was broad left all the way. DeChambeau snapped his fingers, tapped in for par and then returned to the situation for a practice stroke, attempting to determine what went indecent.
Tiny else did.
DeChambeau was at 16-underneath 128. The second spherical can be carried out Saturday morning, and players can be grouped in threesomes going off all facets for the third spherical.
Cantlay, who had certainly one of many great striking rounds of his career Thursday, was equally solid in a spherical of 63 that was largely lost sight of. He played within the community at the back of DeChambeau and played a classic variety of golf that resulted in 10 birdies till his lone bogey from a tough lie within the collar of tough around the par-3 17th green.
“Today I hit it larger all the way through and also putted really effectively,” Cantlay said. “I understanding I played great — 9 underneath, I’m very pleased. However obviously, there was decrease than that obtainable today.”
DeChambeau stuck to his practice of not speaking to the clicking, greatest the PGA Tour broadcast partners. That presumably stems from three weeks ago when he said he wasn’t vaccinated, saying, “I’m younger adequate. I’d rather give it to the of us that need it.”
It hasn’t been the smoothest year for DeChambeau.
He had to pass over the Olympics because of a obvious COVID-19 take a look at, and that adopted a petty war of phrases with Brooks Koepka played out largely over social media. DeChambeau has heard “Brooksy” from so many hecklers that he has asked local safety to capture fans.
There weren’t so noteworthy heckles on a blistering sizzling Friday, factual raw amazement at his worthy swing and the birdies — and two eagles — it created. He eagle putts on all four of the par 5s. His average distance to the outlet on the par 4s was roughly 109 yards.
Most efficient as soon as did he not hit wedge on a par 4. That was on the 480-yard 15th hole. He had 178 yards into a mild disappear and hit a 9-iron.
“When he’s driving it that straight, it’s purchased to be what it was treasure within the early 2000s with Tiger factual hitting it the furthest and the straightest,” said Jordan Spieth, who played in DeChambeau’s community. “It’s a small easier from there, but you’ve quiet purchased to accumulate it within the outlet.”
Spieth already witnessed one 59 when he played with Justin Thomas at the Sony Launch in 2017.
The file is 58 by Jim Furyk at the Travelers Championship in 2016. Furyk also shot a 59 at Conway Farms north of Chicago in 2013, so he quiet holds the BMW Championship file.
There’s quiet two rounds to play.
“He can converse it to its knees, and he did it today,” said Harris English, also playing in his community. “The way he’s striking, I can gaze him going out the following two days and scaring 59 again.”
DeChambeau greatest hit seven fairways, though that’s a small misleading. He tried to power the golf green on three holes and nearly did, leaving short pitch shots he transformed into birdies.
He also holed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 8.
He made factual about all the pieces excluding the 2 putts at the tip that may perhaps have assign him within the file guide.
“It was an awesome opportunity,” he said. “I had a couple shots, a couple birdie opportunities at 17 and 18, and didn’t happen. However quiet really happy with the way I handled myself, and it’s great to feel some strain again, which is awesome.”