July 1 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Fans not being allowed at the golf course Saturday wasn’t the only first at Congressional -- it was also the first time Brendon de Jonge had taken a 54-hole lead at a PGA TOUR event.
Now De Jonge, a former standout at Virginia Tech via Zimbabwe, will try to get his first victory in 137 career starts. This year, there have been five first-time winners.
He’s certainly been building toward this.
Since the start of the 2009 season, de Jonge has the most birdies on TOUR with 1,402 (Webb Simpson, who has had a pretty good couple of years, is second with 1,329).
To put that in perspective, that’s an average of one birdie for every five holes for de Jonge.
This week, de Jonge is just 15th in the field with 11 birdies, but he’s managed to avoid making mistakes with just four birdies through the first three rounds.
By the way, de Jonge is playing for more than just his first career win. A victory here would vault him to the top of the mini-money list to get him into the British Open for the first time in his career. De Jonge came into the week fifth on the list. The top two players not already exempt after next week get an automatic spot in the field.