Ancer holds 1-shot lead after 54 holes at Dell Technologies Championship
NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico shot a 6-under par 65 on Sunday, Sept. 2, to finish at 13 under and vault to a one-shot lead after the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
The event, limited to the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings, is the second of the playoff's four tournaments.
Bryson DeChambeau fired an 8-under 63 on Sunday to tie the week's lowest score and is one shot off Ancer's pace, along with Tyrrell Hatton of England, who survived an up-and-down round to finish with a 69.
Cameron Smith of Australia shot a bogey-free 67 in the third round to jump into a tie for fourth place at 11-under par with Justin Rose of England (70).
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (64) is tied for sixth with Kyle Stanley (66) at 10 under, three shots off Ancer's lead. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (66), Tony Finau (67), Jordan Spieth (68) and Beau Hossler (68) are knotted in eighth another shot behind.
Ten players are within four shots of the lead heading to the final round.
Ancer began Saturday's round with three birdies and carded six on the front nine. He came back to earth a bit on the back nine, with one birdie and a bogey and will sleep on the lead after 54 holes for the second time this season.
He has four top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a tie for fourth at the Quicken Loans National in July after owning a share of first place after the third round.
"There is a very fine line between playing well and missing the cut out here — it's a goofy game," Ancer said after his round on Sunday. "I will draw on the experience from my final round at the Quicken Loans. I will look back and see what I did wrong and what I did good, have a good time and play some good golf. It should be fun."
With a win, DeChambeau, who captured last week's The Northern Trust and is the top player in the standings, would become the first golfer to win back-to-back playoff events since Billy Horschel in 2014. Fiji's Vijay Singh is the only player to win the first two legs of the FedEx Cup playoffs, doing so in 2008.
Tiger Woods, still looking for his first victory since 2013, played with DeChambeau and fired a 68 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 16th at 7 under in a group that includes current U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (68) and Matt Kuchar (66).
"I didn't get a lot out of my round today — that's just kind of the way it goes," Woods said. "My speed (while putting) was a little bit off. I was trying to be a little more aggressive today on the greens and trying to make sure that I gave it a good hit."
DeChambeau referred to Woods as his "childhood idol," and he admitted that he had plenty of butterflies early on because of his pairing with Woods and didn't settle down fully until he birdied No. 7 - his fourth birdie of the day.
"There were some tee shots that I left a little right, and it was just a little nerves," DeChambeau said. "It's Tiger Woods, guys. It was fun. In between shots, we've got time, we're walking up and joking about things and having a good time."
Second-round leader Webb Simpson faltered to a 76 on Sunday and into a tie for 25th.
Two players eligible to compete this week, Rickie Fowler and Italy's Francesco Molinari, The Open champion, sat out this tournament. The Top 70 on the FedEx Cup Playoff standings after Monday's final round will advance to next week's BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.