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DeChambeau Leads The Northern Trust After 54 Holes

Bryson DeChambeau posted a 63 on Saturday and will take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of The Northern Trust.

Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau waits on the 12th tee during the third round of The Northern Trust at The Ridgewood CC in Paramus, NJ on Aug. 25, 2018. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

DeChambeau, a favorite to be named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team, finished his third day at The Ridgewood Country Club with one bogey offset by nine birdies, including two gains at the close to reach 16-under par.

Afterwards, the 24-year old California native cited some tweaks made to his putter for his improved play.

“I just felt like every time I was able to hit it in the fairway, I was attacking flags,” said DeChambeau.

“My golf swing was feeling great and my putting, that’s been the key this week for me is I’ve been rolling my rock really, really well, and it’s thanks to the sick putter guys, they have been doing a great job for me and just a little bit of a line adjustment, too, for whatever reason, that’s been helping me out.”

Alone in the second spot was Keegan Bradley who fired a tournament-low 62 en route to a three-day score of 12-under par.

“I hit a bunch of shots really close early on, and then I made some putts coming down the end but that one on 18 felt good,” said Bradley.

“That hole’s tough. I know I’m most likely going to be a few shots back with how these guys are playing, so I knew coming down the end, that these birdies are going to be big come tomorrow.

“So I think those last two are going to really help.”

Bradley and DeChamebau will comprise the final pairing on Sunday.

Tony Finau, another U.S. Ryder Cup hopeful, was five shots off the pace following a Saturday round of 66. Finau was tied for third with Cameron Smith (65) at 11-under par, one clear of Billy Horschel (65) and Adam Scott (70).

Jordan Spieth showed some life on Saturday, shooting a 64 to reach 9-under par and move 37 spots up the leaderboard, landing at T7 alongside overnight co-leader Brooks Koepka (72) and Phil Mickelson (68), among others.

Spieth, who has not won since the 2017 British Open, was cautiously optimistic after his round.

Jordan Spieth The Northern Trust
Jordan Spieth tees off on the 16th hole during the third round of The Northern Trust at The Ridgewood CC in Paramus, NJ on on Aug. 25, 2018. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

“I’m not saying that it’s back,” said Spieth. “It was a round where I’m progressing nicely, and really the last month, I’ve been putting better than tour average, and even up to the level that I want to putt at, which is what I did at PGA and now the last couple rounds here.”

Jason Day (68) and Justin Thomas (69) lead a group of six more players deadlocked at 8-under par. Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot 72 and was T20 at 7 under.

Tiger Woods posted a bogey-free 68, his first clean round of 2018. The 42-year old headliner sits T49 at 3 under.


ROUND-3 LEADERS

POS-PLAYER-SCORE (TODAY)
1. Bryson DeChambeau -16 (-8)
2. Keegan Bradley -12 (-9)
3. Cameron Smith -11 (-6)
3. Tony Finau -11 (-5)
5. Billy Horschel -10 (-6)
5. Adam Scott -10 (-1)
7. Jordan Spieth -9 (-7)
7. Beau Hossler -9 (-5)
7. Chez Reavie -9 (-4)
7. Patrick Cantlay -9 (-3)
7. Phil Mickelson -9 (-3)
7. Adam Hadwin -9 (-3)
7. Brooks Koepka -9 (+1)


OTHER NOTABLES

POS-PLAYER-SCORE (TODAY)
14. Justin Thomas -8 (-2)
14. Jason Day -8 (-3)
14. Louis Oosthuizen -8 (-3)
20. Webb Simpson -7 (-2)
20. Dustin Johnson -7 (+1)
26. Patrick Reed -6 (-4)
26. Hideki Matsutama -6 (-4)
42. Paul Casey -4 (-2)
42. Jimmy Walker -4 (-3)
42. Bubba Watson -4 (E)
42. Pat Perez -4 (-2)
49. Tiger Woods -3 (-3)
58. Tyrrell Hatton -1 (+2)
58. Marc Leishman -1 (-1)
58. Ian Poulter -1 (-1)
66. Kevin Kisner E (+4)
73. Rafael Cabrera Bello +2 (+6)


ROUND-3 STATS

DRIVING

1. Brooks Koepka – 301.3 yards (T7)
2. Tony Finau – 300.9 yards (T3)
3. Dustin Johnson – 298.6 yards (T20)
15. Bryson DeChambeau – 293.0 yards (1)

FAIRWAYS

1. Chez Reavie – 38/42, 90.5 (T7)
1. Brian Gay – 37/42, 88.1% (T58)
3. Ryan Armour – 36/42, 85.7% (T71)
19. Bryson DeChambeau – 30/42, 71.4% (1)

GREENS

1. Byeong Hun An – 45/54, 83.3% (T42)
2. Bryson DeChambeau – 42/54, 79.6% (1)
2. Jordan Spieth – 42/54, 79.6% (T7)
2. Louis Oosthuizen – 42/54, 79.6% (T14)

PUTTS/GIR

1. Adam Scott – 1.513 (T5)
2. Dustin Johnson – 1.526 (T20)
3. Adam Hadwin – 1.545 (T7)
5. Bryson DeChambeau – 1.558 (1)


QUOTABLE

MAN ON A MISSION
“This is a little different, obviously. It’s the Ryder Cup, and wanted to kind of get my feet in the water, you know what I mean. So hopefully I could be prepared coming to 2018, but looking forward to tomorrow, because I’ve just got to keep focusing on this tournament. If I can play well in the first leg of the FedExCup, I’ll hopefully show Captain that I’m worthy. But as of right now, I’m a man on a mission.”
– Bryson DeChambeau

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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