Australia’s Cameron Smith fell off the chasing pack in the third round at the Tour Championship as Bryson DeChambeau also bombed to fall well off the lead.
Smith birdied the final hole to finish the third round with a three over 73 to fall back to -6 for the weekend but it was a bogey on the 14th followed by a double bogey on the 15th which ruined his round.
Smith finished the day tied for 13th as he fell well back in the race for the FedEx Cup after a bright start a few weeks ago.
As for DeChambeau, there was drama on the 18th as his bad round appeared to get even worse when his ball couldn’t be found following an aggressive line taken from the tee and the time limit expiring.
However, he was saved when it was judged a fan picked up his ball, resulting in a free drop for the American.
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The reprieve saw him get a much-needed birdie on the last to finish on two over for the round and -9 overall as he slipped back to seventh on the leaderboard.
It was a tough day for DeChambeau, who started the day in contention for the lead before hitting four bogies in his first six holes of the round.
He also suffered a huge bout of bad luck on the eighth, when he hit the flag with his approach after a ripping drive, sending his ball 30ft away from the hole, costing him more precious shots.
Patrick Cantley holed a huge putt on the 18th to move into a two-shot lead from Jon Rahm on -20 ahead of Monday’s (AEST) final round.
Brooks Koepka opted to take no chances with the Ryder Cup coming up, pulling out of the US PGA Tour Championship on Saturday after hurting his left wrist hitting out of the rough.
“Same wrist I had issues with back in ‘17, ‘18, so just making sure it’s all good,” said Koepka, who injured his left wrist when his club struck a tree root as he hit out of the rough on the way to a bogey at the 10th hole at East Lake in Atlanta.
He parred two holes, but after failing to reach the green in three at the par-four 13th, departed the course.
It’s just the latest injury setback for the four-time major winner, who won the last of his Grand Slam titles in 2019.
In recent years he’s battled injuries not only to his wrist but also to his left knee and hip.
In March he needed surgery after dislocating his right kneecap. That injury required surgery and caused him to miss build-up to the Masters, and Koepka’s results since then have been spotty.
He was 16 strokes off the pace when he left the course on Saturday, but indicated to Golf Channel he expected to be fit for the Ryder Cup, the USA v Europe matchplay showdown scheduled to start at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 24.