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DeChambeau takes lead at Memorial Tournament

DeChambeau is one of the more intriguing characters in the game. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Bryson DeChambeau will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the Memorial Tournament in Columbus in Ohio, the 24 year old’s third round of 66 moving him one clear of Patrick Cantlay, Kyle Stanley and the exciting new talent Joaquin Niemann.

DeChambeau, who is in just his second season on the PGA Tour, won the John Deere Classic last year and recently recorded top 4 finishes at the RBC Heritage and Wells Fargo Championship and today’s bogey free effort has him in position to add to his already impressive record in the professional ranks.

19 year old Niemann is just two months into his professional career and in just four starts in the paid ranks has recorded top tens in San Antonio and Fort Worth while playing on sponsor's invites.

A winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship and the number one amateur in the world before leaving those ranks, Niemann's future is already assured it would seem but tomorrow he gets a chance to boost his meteoric rise even further.   

Byeong Hun An is alone on 5th place and two from the lead while Justin Rose is another two shots back in 6th place.

Tiger Woods thrilled the crowds today when he reached 6 under par for the day through 15 holes before two late bogeys left him in a share of 7th place and five behind the leader.

For the Australians, Adam Scott leads the group after a round of 70 has him six from the lead and tied for 11th. Based on latest World Ranking predictions Scott needs a top ten perhaps even a top 12 this week to move inside the top 60 and if still there by June 11th then he will have qualified for the US Open.

He is entered for Monday’s US Open Sectional Qualifying in Columbus and is also entered for next week’s FedEx St Jude Classic so the door is still open but there is little doubt that he would like to get the job done tomorrow and a top ten or better should do so.

Jason Day picked up an early birdie today to move to the edge of contention but struggled for the remainder of the round and his plight was highlighted by a double bogey at the last which leaves him at 6 under par and now a massive eight shots from the lead.

Marc Leishman’s round of 67 moved him to 5 under and into 37th place while Rod Pampling and John Senden will not get the play tomorrow having missed the 3rd round cut.





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