MEMFIS, Tenn. – Bryson DeChambeau let his clubs talk the most Saturday at TPC Southwind.
DeChambeau shot a 7-under-63 on Saturday to pull within two strokes of the leader Harris Engels in the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, after that, did not want to comment on most media after the round.
DeChambeau was apparently upset about several stories written about his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine after he missed the Tokyo Olympics last week due to a positive test. He did agree to interviews with rights holders CBS Sports and SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.
“It was great to score really well,” said DeChambeau. I did not feel that my ball was perfect, but I managed it very well and I was very happy with it. ‘
English took the lead after each of the first three rounds in the World Golf Championships, with a 62-man squad and two 65s to get to 18-under 192. He is in position for the fifth PGA Tour victory and the third of the season.
“I love playing with pressure,” Engels said. “I think it helps me focus. It’s a privilege to be in this place. You have to face (challenges).”
The 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Hawaii and the Travelers Championship in June in Connecticut. He finished third during the US Open.
Cameron Smith had a 65 to join DeChambeau at 16 under.
The DeChambeau, who hit long, found four of the first five holes on the back nine. The third comes on the par-4 13th after almost taking out his approach. DeChambeau’s ticking birdie took him down to 14, one shot behind the leaders. He equalized English and Ancer for the lead on the next hole, making a 10-foot shot to reach 15 under.
DeChambeau came down to 16 – to stay ahead of English – with a short birdie at number 16 after almost missing an 11-foot eagle effort. Ancer rejoined them with a 4-foot birdie, also on the 16th.
English created separation at the top of the standings by birding two of the last three holes.
DeChambeau’s five birdies on the back nine were all within 10 feet, two of them tapping in.
“It was great to hit the hole so close all day,” DeChambeau said. I did not feel as comfortable as I would have liked with the swing, but the results were there. If I can do it again (Sunday), I’m giving myself a big chance to win. “
DeChambeau said he lost ‘eight to 10’ pounds after contracting COVID-19 last month. He said his game did not suffer significantly.
“Not much, just a little lower ball speed, but I’ll get it back quickly,” he said. ‘Honestly, it helped me this week [drives] in the fairway. I do not know why. “
DeChambeau scored 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday.
Second position Dustin Johnson had a 65 to get to 11 under.