Norton - Tiger Woods backed Bryson DeChambeau as a US Ryder
Cup captain's choice on Sunday after watching his playing partner fire an
eight-under 63 at the PGA Dell Technologies Championship.
Woods, a 14-time major champion, and DeChambeau, coming off
this third career PGA title at last week's Northern Trust event, are each
expected to receive "wildcard" picks from US captain Jim Furyk on
DeChambeau, who turns 25 on September 16, didn't hurt his
chances with a stunning Saturday effort with Woods, set for an assistant
captain's role but potentially a Cup playing partner, watching every shot.
"Bryson was fantastic to play with," Woods said.
"He's great. This is the first time I've ever played with him in a
tournament round. We played in practice rounds quite a bit this year and he's
Woods, 42, said he wouldn't object to partnering with him in
foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best-ball) formats in the US Ryder
Cup showdown with Europe on September 28-30 at France's Le Golf National.
"If he goes around and shoots 8-under par every time,
that will work," Woods said with a smile.
DeChambeau birdied the 16th and 17th holes then landed his
237-yard second shot at the par-5 18th just two feet from the cup for a tap-in
eagle for the clubhouse lead at 12-under par.
"It's never bad to shoot 4-under your last three
holes," DeChambeau said.
"I was little frustrated about 15 in taking bogey as I
hit a really good putt a fraction too hard, made a 360-degree lip on me. That's
golf. It's going to happen.
"But I was able to respond well. I think that's the
DeChambeau made a birdie-birdie start and birdied the sixth
and seventh back-to-back as well. Throughout the round, he was asking advice
from his hero.
"Tiger's my childhood idol," DeChambeau said.
"I've admired him my whole entire life. And to be finally able to play
with him under tournament conditions, it was different.
"I was a little nervous, for sure. But I was able to
get out there and execute shots and worry about my game and focus on hitting
the best shots possible. I was able to play really well like that."
Leading scores after Sunday's third round of the US PGA Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston (USA unless noted, par-71):
200 - Abraham Ancer (MEX) 66-69-65
201 - Bryson DeChambeau 70-68-63, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 69-63-69
202 - Cameron Smith (AUS) 69-66-67, Justin Rose (ENG) 65-67-70
203 - Emilano Grillo (ARG) 72-67-64, Kyle Stanley 70-67-66,
204 - Rory McIlroy (NIRL) 71-67-66, Tony Finau 69-68-67, Jordan Spieth 69-67-68, Beau Hossler 67-69-68
205 - Bryce Garnett 70-70-65, Marc Leishman (AUS) 68-68-69, Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 68-68-69, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 69-65-71
206 - Matt Kuchar 71-69-66, Peter Uihlien 69-71-66, Keith Mitchell 73-66-67, Tiger Woods 72-66-68, Brooks Koepka 69-69-68, CT Pan (TPE) 69-68-69. Adam Hadwin (CAN) 68-68-70, Kim Si-woo (KOR) 70-66-70, JB Holmes 69-67-70