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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bryson DeChambeau Leads at the DAP

While we've all been watching the BMW Championship, hoping for some clue who Davis Love might pick as his first three Ryder Cup picks on Monday, Bryson DeChambeau has been quietly moving to the top of the leaderboard at the DAP Championship.

Bryson DeChambeau

Although DeChambeau isn't exactly setting the stats boards on fire with his driving, he still seems to be doing better this week than he has most of the season. The driver head he replaced this week must be having some effect because he's T2 in birdies this week (14). But even at that, he's only one stroke ahead of Zach Sucher and two ahead of D.A. Points.

And just behind them is a quintet of very capable chasers -- Andres Gonzales, Will MacKenzie, Trey Mullinax, Rory Sabbatini and Stuart Appleby.

Granted, this is only the first of the four Finals events. But if Bryson DeChambeau can somehow hold on and win today, he'll lock up his PGA Tour card for next season. It would also put him in a good position to win the "Golden Ticket" at the end -- a fully-exempt 2017 Tour card. (And perhaps entry into the 2017 THE PLAYERS. I believe that's included as well.)

But first DeChambeau has his work cut out for him. Nine different players held the lead at some time during the third round. And true to its history, Canterbury Golf Course is standing up the way you'd expect from a major venue. If he can win today, he'll certainly be have earned his Tour card.

If you want to see how DeChambeau does -- and if the weather plays nice -- the final round will air today on GC at 2pm ET.

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