The third round of the BMW Championship concluded Saturday evening at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. Saturday was long for some golfers who had to finish their second rounds in the morning after Friday’s play was delayed for some time due to inclement weather.
Heading into the final round atop the leaderboard is Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay at 21-under. DeChambeau, fresh off shooting a 60 on Friday, dazzled the crowd with back-to-back eagles on the front nine. The bomber appeared to be running away with the tournament before finding water on consecutive holes on the back nine.
Cantlay posted a 6-under 66 with his only dropped shop coming on the 18th hole after a wayward drive into the deep rough. The four-time PGA Tour winner is aiming for his second victory of the season.
The PGA Tour’s best have assaulted the course over the first three days of the tournament, taking advantage of the super-soft conditions and lack of wind.
Sungjae Im (-18) sits in solo third with a solid third round of seven birdies and one bogey. Im will need to come out firing Sunday if he wants to make up ground and capture his second PGA Tour victory.
There are four players at 17-under and four back of the leaders as we head into Sunday. Sergio Garcia, Sam Burns, Rory McIlroy, and Abraham Ancer highlight a superstar group of players still within reach of the leading duo.
Garcia’s had one bogey over the first 54 holes, and Burns and McIlroy posted rounds of 65 on Saturday. Ancer claimed his first victory at the FedEx Cup St. Jude Invitational earlier this month, outlasting Burns in a playoff.
Jon Rahm (-16), who appears to be a lock for a top-10 in every event he participates in, sits in solo eighth with a round of 70 on Saturday. Hudson Swafford (-15) is in solo ninth and six shots back. Swafford, who is projected at 31st in the FedEx Cup standings, needs a low score Sunday to get him to the Tour Championship next week.
Louis Oosthuizen posted the low score of the third round with a 7-under 64. Only nine of the 69 golfers shot scores over par on Friday.
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Oddsmakers give DeChambeau (+125) the leg up in the two-horse race against Cantlay (+180). Both players have won this season and can handle the pressure of a final-round lead on Sunday.
Those two are the clear-cut betting favorites, followed by Im (+1100) and McIlroy (+1200). McIlroy is the likeliest of the two to make a Sunday run, given his track record and history as one of the top golfers in the world.
If you have some money to throw around and want to jump on recent success, Rahm (+2000) and Ancer (+2000) are both high targets. If you anticipate the leaders slipping or stalling and one of the guys currently in the top-10 making a run.
The remaining players with odds are Burns (+2500), Garcia (+3000), and Dustin Johnson (+7500).
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