It was a crazy day of up-and-down action on moving day at the BMW Championship and by time the final threesome walked off the 18th hole at Caves Valley Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay were tied for the lead.
It was a day where DeChambeau was wiping out the rest of the field — until he wasn’t.
Two eagles and two birdies from DeChambeau had him shooting 30 at the turn and he was six-under for the round, 22-under overall. He added another birdie at 11 and he was seven-under, looking at another round in the low 60s.
Then golf happened. DeChambeau hit balls in the water at the 12th (par five) and 13th (par three) and those produced a bogey and a double. At the same time, Cantlay produced three straight birdies at 11, 12 and 13 and saw a five-shot swing. Cantlay went to 22-under and took over the lead. He stayed there until a bad lie in the rough off the tee at 18 produced a bogey that left him tied at the end of the day with DeChambeau as both finished at 21-under.
Cantlay shot 66, DeChambeau 67 despite his back nine aqua-adventures. World No. 1 Jon Rahm was flat most of the day and all he could manage was a two-under par 70. And when you’re not going low at Caves Valley, you’re getting passed.
Sunjae Im (66) jumped up to 18-under. Behind him at 17-under were Abraham Ancer (66), Rory McIlroy (65), Sam Burns (65) and Sergio Garcia (67).
Rahm will start the final 18 at 16-under, five behind the co-leaders.