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Cantlay, Laird share lead going into final shootout in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tied for the lead going into the weekend, Patrick Cantlay already was 4 photographs behind earlier than he hit his opening tee shot Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

That didn’t trouble him in the least. He is aware of what to anticipate on the TPC Summerlin.

A tee shot up to now left on the tenth gap that he needed to hit a provisional? That made him somewhat anxious, however solely till he discovered his unique, hit wedge to 4 ft for birdie and started his climb again to the place he began.

When the third spherical ended, Cantlay and Martin Laird every had a 6-under 65 with out making it look terribly particular and had been tied for the lead. Both received their first PGA Tour victory at this match. Both have misplaced in a playoff. Both have performed it sufficient instances to appreciate birdie alternatives are there for everybody.

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau was among the many exceptions.

He had a pair of double bogeys and back-to-back bogeys, all earlier than he reached the seventh gap. At that time he was 5 over in a five-hole stretch, which he stated felt extra like 12 over on a course just like the TPC Sumerlin. He rallied sufficient for a 71, although he was seven photographs behind and had 30 gamers in entrance of him.

“Yeah, it was really weird,” he stated. “I don’t know. It’s golf, right?”

Those 30 gamers forward of him begins with Cantlay and Laird at 20-under 193.

“I’m sure by the time I get to the golf course the lead will already be more than 20 under, which is what it’s going to be around here,” Cantlay stated. “I think my strategy out here is to stay patient because I know there are so many birdie opportunities instead of pressing or feeling like I’m trailing, and realize that they’re out there if I hit good shots.”

Laird had one thrilling second when he holed a 50-foot eagle putt on No. 9. Otherwise, it was attacking flags when he may and enjoying for the fats of the inexperienced with it was too dangerous. Some wind late in the day made it somewhat more durable, however the scoring common nonetheless was 67.5.

“I have had good rounds every day, so I’m not going to change anything,” Laird stated. “It’s been working and I’m in a good spot, so just keep going.”

Matthew Wolff received it began early. After making the lower with one shot to spare, Wolff had three eagles in a five-hole stretch and needed to accept pars on his final two holes for a 61.

Making three eagles at Summerlin is just not uncommon with a couple of brief par 4s and all of the par 5s simply reachable. Wolff, nevertheless, holed out on No. 11 from 116 yards. He drove the inexperienced on the 301-yard fifteenth gap to fifteen ft and holed an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 thirteenth.

He by no means actually thought of 59 as a result of he was solely 2 below on the entrance. He performed the again in 8-under 28.

“If you only sho-ot 2 under on the front you feel like you never have a chance to sho-ot 59,” he stated.

Wolff posted his 18-under 195 proper because the final group was beginning the third spherical, and it held till Laird was the primary to get to 19 below with a birdie on the thirteenth.

Wyndham Clark (65), Brian Harman (67) and Austin Cool (67) additionally had been at 195.

Na had a 64 and was three photographs behind together with Will Zalatoris, who has an opportunity to earn particular momentary membership with a robust end Sunday. He already is main the Korn Ferry Tour factors listing.

Cantlay picked up birdies the place he expects to besides on the brief par-4 seventh, the place his drive was frolicked to the precise and located a bunker, leaving a 70-yard sand shot that he did properly to get inside 12 ft for a two-putt par.

He expects to birdie the tenth, however not after hitting a provisional off the tee.

“I was hoping that it would be somewhat OK over there and I could make a par,” he stated of his unique tee shot. “Fortunately, it wasn’t that bad and I was able to hit a great shot, so that was a bonus.”

DeChambeau, enjoying for the final time earlier than the Masters on Nov. 12-15, did an excessive amount of injury early on to get well. A wild tee shot on No. 2 led to double bogey, and whereas he missed the green badly on No. 6, what led to the double bogey was a three-putt from 12 ft.

Four straight birdies on No. 8 steadied him – he practically drove the 419-yard tenth – however not sufficient. He did not convert on the brief par-4 fifteenth and dropped one other shot coming in.

“Didn’t really hit bad shots, just didn’t go where I wanted to,” DeChambeau stated. “Went into some really bad places and unfortunately didn’t save par from them. Just stuff didn’t go my way today, and it’s OK. Not a big deal.”

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