Bryson DeChambeau takes one-shot lead as Tiger Woods lurks at Memorial

Joann Johnston
June 4, 2018

Smiling to reveal a mouth full of braces, Niemann said, "It's really nice to be playing with him now". First the mid-range birdie putts started sliding left and right, then the short miss that has plagued him all week caught up again at the turn. He finished with an 8-foot birdie on the 18th hole.

Tiger Woods is having quite a comeback season.

That left DeChambeau with an eight-foot putt for par and the title but it drifted left and he signed for a one-under 71.

"Well, I was at 11-under par, and I had wasted a bunch of shots the last two days and I was 4-over par in the first round", he said. "I turned it into a 67".

Six players had at least a share of the lead at some point. Still steaming from his last putt, he was asked if his game was good enough to win. He finished with a par save from just off the ninth green and reached 11-under 133. Before Niemann, Woods noted, there was Sergio García, who burst onto the scene as a challenger in 1999 at age 19.

He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68. Perhaps this is the year. His best finish is a tie for 15th in his nine previous appearances, and the Australian has never been closer than five shots going into the weekend. "I don't think there was anything, any reason why". But I'm hopeful I can change that because I feel different this year.

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"Just keep thinking about those two 3-footers I missed, " said DeChambeau, who was at 14-under 202. "Family and friends come out and I want them to be yelling in the crowd when I'm in contention".

Byeong Hun An played bogey-free for a 69 and was two shots behind, while Justin Rose dropped two shots over the last three holes for a 69 and was four back.

Johnson and Rose each have a chance to get to No. 1 in the world.

DeChambeau gained the advantage again as he followed another flawless three-wood with a much better approach to 12 feet, while An tugged his second towards the gallery before playing a sublime flop-shot to five feet to put the pressure on the American.

Day birdied three of his last five holes for another 4-under 68, leaving him tied for the early 36-hole lead.

"If I just putt normally, I'm probably there with those guys in the last couple groups", Woods said after his round, according to Tiger Tracker. "I played great, obviously". 1 and 5 and didn't register a bogey on the front nine. He had to settle for a 70 and made the cut on the number. He missed 5-footer after 5-footer, which has to be frustrating when you're leading the field in approach shots and proximity to the cup.

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