Dell Technologies Championship leaderboard

Ruben Hill
September 5, 2018

Rory McIlroy moved up 13 places and is tied in eighth alongside Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and American Beau Hossler after carding seven birdies and two bogeys in his third-round score of 66.

DeChambeau was part of a crowded leaderboard early in the final round, with 17 players at one stage bunched within two shots.

The 42-year-old could have been forgiven for having other matters on his mind, with US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk due to announce his captain's picks on Tuesday - live on Sky Sports. "I made birdie on the next and it was smooth sailing".

But even he couldn't avoid the verbal onslaught he got Sunday from Bryson DeChambeau, who has played numerous practice rounds with Woods but was paired with him for the first time in competition during the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship.

In the 20-second clip that was aired during a Ryder Cup news conference inside the PGA of America headquarters on February 20, Woods read from a teleprompter that he was "thankful" to be named a USA vice captain and "excited about the challenge". "I know it's got to be very special for him to play with those same guys, and I know how happy they are to have him on the team". I hadn't started playing golf yet, but still it was a goal at the end of the season to make this team.

A physics major at Southern Methodist, DeChambeau brings an unconventional but scientific approach to his game, peppering his comments with references to biomechanics and error tolerance and filling his bag with clubs that are all the same length (34 inches, or roughly the length of a 7-iron) so he would only have to master one swing.

"I've had quite a bit of resistance", DeChambeau said.

"If I keep doing the numbers right and keep executing the right shots I can't do much more than that", he said. "And it's just a matter of getting one little hot stretch with the putter and get it rolling and get the momentum on my side and just get things rolling".

Rose birdied three of his last four holes for a 68 and wound up alone in second.

Overnight leader Abraham Ancer of Mexico putted poorly and shot 73 to finish five shots off the pace. The 27-year-old Mexican did improve from No. 92 to No. 56 and into the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship at Aronimink next week.

The likely choices Tuesday would seem to be DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Woods, who were Nos.

The bulk of the gallery at TPC Boston was there to see Tiger Woods, and he had a disappointing ‎even-par 71 ‎to finish tied for 24th at 7-under. "I think you have to look at the big picture through the course of the year statistically".

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