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Bryson on Fire & Sergio Can’t Stay Out of the Bunker

Bryson on Fire

Bryson DeChambeau was on fire last week. The golfer finished 2nd at the BMW Championship after a tough battle for first with Patrick Cantlay, who was able to edge out Bryson on the last five holes. Even though he didn’t win at Caves Valley, his second round was the most exciting with DeChambeau nearly scoring a record low 59 that would have made it just the 12th time such a score was achieved.
 
One of the most memorable moments was on 16 where Bryson managed an eagle after a fantastic approach shot:
 

 
At this point, DeChambeau only had two holes left and needed just one birdie to reach 59. He missed the birdie shot on 17 which gave him one last chance to make it happen. On the 18th hole, Bryson ended up with a short putt at just over 6ft, but ultimately couldn’t sink the birdie.
 

 

Feeling Just a Little Inadequate

While he was no doubt disappointed, Bryson still scored a career low 60 with a combined 8 birdies and 2 eagles during his rounds. His playing partner, Jordan Spieth had a little trouble keeping up even though he scored a modest 70.
 
“When you’re watching it,” Spieth said on Friday, “it can be a little bit kind of frustrating if you don’t have it going just because you’re like, ‘man, is this what everyone is doing; is everyone tearing it up?’ But yeah, what a round.”
 
Spieth admitted that it is intimidating when Bryson’s driving is on point, and he feels the pressure to perform at the top of his game. He even spoke about how it reminds him of competing against Tiger Woods when he is at the top of his game.
 
“I played with Bryson the first two rounds when he won at Bay Hill, and when he’s driving it that straight, it’s got to be what it was like in the early 2000s with Tiger just hitting it the furthest and the straightest,” Spieth said.
 
While Bryson is known for his incredible driving power, Spieth admits that DeChambeau’s putting has been the real secret to his success.
 
“You’ve still got to get it in the hole,” Spieth continued, “and [DeChambeau] just drove the ball well, made a few longer putts today, and had it going.”
 
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Serio Garcia Gets Lands in the Bunker; Costs Him Top Spot

 
The climb was so fast, and the fall was hard. Sergio Garcia began the week at number 44 in the FedEx Cup standings and was looking to be cut from the remainder of the playoffs. However, he really stepped up his game last week at the BMW Championship. Garcia’s first 3 rounds ended spectacularly with 65-67-67. By Sunday, it even looked like he may have a chance at winning the tournament.
 

Then, this happened:

 

 
That’s right, Garcia didn’t land in the bunker once, but twice and ultimately double bogeyed the hole. At that point, the tournament’s top contenders were playing hot leaving him no chance to recover his lead. During his first three rounds, Garcia climbed to number 17 in the standings, but after he fell apart on Sunday, he will have to settle for a projected 28th.

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