Will Sunday mark a first for Dechambeau and PGA Tour?

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Bryson Dechambeau is aiming to become the first 54-hole leader/co-leader to win at the BMW Championship since Phil Mickelson's triumph at the PGA Championship in May. Photo: SI.com
Bryson Dechambeau is aiming to become the first 54-hole leader/co-leader to win at the BMW Championship since Phil Mickelson's triumph at the PGA Championship in May. Photo: SI.com

Co-leaders at the BMW Championship, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay are among six players who have won twice this season; no player has won three times in 2020-21.

 

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DeChambeau, Cantlay will play together in the final group in a final round for the second time. They previously played together in the final grouping in the final round of the 2018 Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, which DeChambeau won. Each has won the Memorial Tournament (Dechambeau in 2018, and Cantlay in 2019 and 2021).

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The 21-under par equals the second-lowest 54-hole score to par in a FedExCup Playoffs event.

 

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A 54-hole leader/co-leader has not won since Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship, a span of 14 events. Only 15 players in 45 individual stroke-play events (33 percent) holding at least a share of the third-round lead have gone on to win, compared to 19 of 35 in 2020 (54 percent).

After rounds of 64-66, World No. 1 and defending champion Jon Rahm posts a 2-under 70 and sits five shots off the lead; the six-time PGA Tour winner has never successfully defended a title.

Three of the four players who qualified for their first BMW Championship are inside the top 12: Sam Burns (T4), Erik van Rooyen (T10), K.H. Lee (T12); other: Cam Davis (T22).

Dechambeau, an eight-time Tour winner, seeks to become the first three-time winner this season (2020 U.S. Open, 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard); is one of six multiple winners.

He is seeking his  third FedExCup Playoffs win (2018 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2018 Dell Technologies Championship), which would move him to fourth-most Playoffs wins (6/Dustin Johnson, 5/Rory McIlroy, 4/Tiger Woods).

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Bryson is looking to reclaim the lead in the FedExCup standings; he held the lead a total of 20 weeks over the season, the most of any player in 2020-21 (next: 9/Patrick Cantlay).

195 marks his second-lowest 54-hole total on TOUR (best: 194/2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational).

Made back-to-back eagles (Nos. 4-5) for the first time in his career; four eagles marks his most in an event and 19th of the season (TOUR leader: Cam Davis/20); ties the record for most eagles in a FedExCup Playoffs event (four times); became the fourth player to record back-to-back eagles this season (most recent: Jordan Spieth/2021 THE NORTHERN TRUST/R2).

Career-best finish in the FedExCup: 3rd/2018 after entering the TOUR Championship as the FedExCup leader.

He is making his fifth start in the BMW Championship, with a T19 in 2018 his best finish. The BMW Championship is one of three tournaments he has made four or more starts without a top-10 finish (5/Masters Tournament, 4/BMW Championship, 4/The Open Championship).

Cantlay holds the 54-hole lead/co-lead for the second time (2020 Shriners Children’s Open/T8). It marks the ninth lead/co-lead after any round; has never gone on to win after a holding at least a share of a lead after any round on Tour.

He is seeking his Tour victory and third of the season to become the first three-time winner of the season. 2020-21 marks his first multi-win season on Tour, one of six multiple winners (2020 ZOZO Championship, 2021 the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday).

 

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195 marks Cantlay’s second-lowest 54-hole total on TOUR (best: 193/2019, 2020 Shriners Children’s Open). He is looking to reclaim the lead in the FedExCup standings; held the lead a total of nine weeks over the season, second to Bryson DeChambeau (20 weeks).

This is his fifth start in the BMW Championship; Runner-up in 2019 at Medinah Country Club marks best finish at the event. Cantlay missed the TOUR Championship in 2020 for the first time since 2017, finishing No. 34 in the FedExCup.

2012 BMW Championship winner and first-round co-leader Rory McIlroy (T4) posted a bogey-free 7-under 65. In addition to his 2012 victory, he finished inside the top-10 in 2014/T8, 2015/T4 and 2018/5th. The two-time FedExCup champion has five FedExCup Playoffs titles, second only to Dustin Johnson (6).

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