Emergency 9: Dell Technologies Championship, Round 3
September 02, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Bryson DeChambeau’s 158-yard approach sets up birdie at Dell Technologies
Here are nine tidbits from the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship gamers can use Monday, next weekend or down the road in 2020. TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., plays 7,342 yards to Par-71.
KNOW THY ENEMY
These were the top-10 selected golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf game presented by SERVPRO.
RANK PLAYER POSITION % OWNERSHIP 1 Adam Scott T67 49.53 2 Tony Finau
T8 49.25 3 Justin Thomas T60 49.23 4 Bryson DeChambeau
T2 47.49 5 Brooks Koepka T16 45.18 6 Jordan Spieth T8 36.65 7 Jason Day MC 27.26 8 Tiger Woods
T16 25.83 9 Dustin Johnson T33 24.58 10 Rory McIlroy
Last year was the first year in eight in which the 54-hole leader cashed the biggest check. Throw in that no player has won their first event on TOUR in the FedExCup Playoffs and Abraham Ancer will have to overturn some serious historical trends on Labor Day Monday.
NO EASY ANCER
The Mexican will begin Monday in the final group with Bryson DeChambeau with a one-shot lead. Ancer posted his best round of the week (65) as he blazed the front nine in a bogey-free 30. His six birdies bring his total on the week to 18, tied with Tyrrell Hatton (T2) for the most. Ancer has never won on TOUR and never played this event. Phil Mickelson (2007) is the only player to win at TPC Boston in his first try. That's a stacked deck and it matches the caliber of players chasing as well. Gulp.
ROUND OF THE DAY
Playing with childhood hero Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau wasn't bothered by magnitude of the occasion as he fired 63 to move into T2. He smoked his possible Ryder Cup partner 63-68 and finished with a flurry. He circled three birdies and an eagle in his final five holes. His birdie-birdie-eagle finish included an eagle putt from less than two feet. Speaking of breaking trends, only Vijay Singh has won the first two FedExCup Playoffs events.
The only good news, if there is any, for Adam Scott’s investors this week is he gets one more try to post something ridiculous and salvage an otherwise dire week. Entering the final round, he's T60 in fairways and T50 in proximity plus 73rd Strokes-Gained: Putting. His birdie at the last saw him post an uninspired inward nine of 39, hardly positive vibes for the final round.
After cashing T3 last week to open the FedExCup Playoffs, Australian Cameron Smith is T4 with 18 holes left. Gamers might have had their eyes on the wrong Australian as this kid has squared just three bogeys in 54 holes. I'll point out he won the Zurich Classic in 2017 with Jonas Blixt so his TOUR maiden has been technically broken. He's T2 in scrambling and ranks in the top 24 in every other category minus proximity where he's 50th.
Circling eight birdies against just one bogey, Emiliano Grillo vaulted 23 to T6 with a 64. It's his lowest round on TOUR since he opened and closed with 64 at Colonial to cash solo third at the Fort Worth Invitational in May. It's his career-best round in 11 tries at TPC Boston.
After a sleepy 71 started the week, the event's all-time money leader has started to purr. Rory McIlroy backed up 67 in Round 2 with 66 in Round 3 to move into the top 10 (T8). This was exactly the same formula he used through 54 holes in 2016 before posting 65 in the final round to win for the second time. Stay tuned!
MOVING DAY: WRONG WAY
After posting the round of the day (63) with Tyrrell Hatton in Round 2 to lead after 36 holes, Webb Simpson visited the other end of the spectrum in Round 3. His 76 was only bettered in the wrong direction by 77 from Aaron Wise and 78 from Whee Kim. He dropped 24 places to T25 as he only made one birdie on the day. Hatton posted 69 and will play in the penultimate group with Cameron Smith.
Local favorite Keegan Bradley signed for 73 and descended 26 spots to T33. He's never claimed a top-10 payday in his previous six tries and his final round scoring best is just 69.
The top 70 will advance to the next round of the FedExCup Playoffs next week at the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia. Here's how the guys under the gun are performing with just 18 holes left:
RANK PLAYER POSITION PROJECTED RANK 75 Charley Hoffman T70 80 74 Matt Kuchar
T16 62 73 Bronson Burgoon T60 79 72 C.T. Pan
T16 60 71 Tyrell Hatton
T2 15 70 Kevin Streelman
78 69 Louis Oosthuizen T40 74 68 Jimmy Walker
74th 77 67 Nick Watney
T60 76 66 Jason Kokrak T50 75 65 Stewart Cink T33 65
It's getting easier as the holiday weekend rolls on because the wind isn't a factor. For the second round in a row the scoring average dipped below 70 as Round 3 came in at 69.833 (-1.167).
There were two bogey-free rounds as Kyle Stanley (T6) and Cameron Smith (T4) added their names to the list for the week.
Pat Perez WD after three rounds as his wife is in labor. Perez is comfortably in the field by ranking for the BMW Championship, but that is not the case for The TOUR Championship. He is listed in the field next week but I'm not writing that down in permanent marker as the first child changes everything!