DeChambeau ties course record with 62 in Round 2
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Written by Helen Ross @helen_pgatour
Bryson DeChambeau sinks a 24-foot birdie at 3M Open
BLAINE, Minn. – When Bryson DeChambeau got his first look at TPC Twin Cities on Tuesday, he thought 14 or 15 under might end up being the winning score at the inaugural 3M Open.
Turns out, he only needed two rounds to get there, though. Not four. So DeChambeau has to readjust his goals now after Friday’s course-record-tying 62 left him at 14 under and leading by four.
The bogey-free round of 9 under matched Scott Piercy’s number on Thursday, a performance that DeChambeau said “opened the floodgates a little bit.” It was also the lowest score the 25-year-old has ever shot on the PGA TOUR.
“Certainly, me doing that today inspires me to even do better over the weekend,” DeChambeau said. “I know I can do it. I know I still left a couple out there, lipped out a couple short putts. Although I made a lot of putts, I'm not going to take that for granted.”
Charles Howell III, who played with DeChambeau and Keegan Bradley in the first two rounds, finished with a 66 that included a pair of eagles, one of which came courtesy of a wedge from 80 yards on the par-4 seventh that sucked back into the hole.
As good as his own round was, though, Howell came away impressed.
“Well, playing with Bryson, it was ‑‑ it was a good round,” Howell said when asked about his 5-under tally. “Not great. It was great playing with a guy going low out there, especially coming to a new venue where you quite don't know what to expect.
“You see these guys keep pressing and pressing like he was doing. He kind of drug Keegan and I along with him.”
Bradley couldn’t quite keep pace with DeChambeau and Howell, shooting a 68 that left him 4 under for 36 holes. But he added to the highlight reel when he drained an improbable 61-footer at the second hole, his fourth birdie in the last five holes.
Howell said seeing DeChambeau play so well set the tone for the round.
“Bryson was obviously, he had two great days of putting, so it's nice as a golfer to see balls going in the hole and see guys going low and doing well,” Howell said. “Yeah, and whatever you may want to call that, drafting, whatever it may be, it matters I think, yes.”
DeChambeau has not made a bogey this week. He’s finding fairways, nine in each of the first two rounds, and was spot-on with the putter on Friday, making five birdie putts of more than 19 feet.
“Whenever I can roll a couple putts in from 20 feet or more, that gives you a lot of confidence for the game,” DeChambeau said. “And when you're striking it well and driving it where you're looking, that's obviously very positive.
“I know it's cliche to say that, but it's just what it is unfortunately. Kind of get into a rhythm a little bit, the zone, and it just feels good sometimes.”