Patrick Cantlay takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship after a six-under-par 65, with Scott Stallings and Xander Schauffele tied for second.
- Patrick Cantlay shot a six-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead
- Cantlay sits at 12-under 201 after 54 holes before the final round
- Seeking to become the first player to successfully defend a FedExCup Playoffs event
Patrick Cantlay shot a six-under-par 65 on Saturday to jump to the top of the leaderboard and take a one-shot lead into the final round in the BMW Championship at Wilmington Country Club.
Cantlay, sharing the day’s best score with three others, sits at 12-under 201 after 54 holes.
Scott Stallings and Xander Schauffele are tied for the second one-shot back after matching 66s in the third round. Scottie Scheffler (68) and second-round leader Adam Scott (69) are tied for fourth at 10 under, two shots behind.
Patrick Cantlay waves to the crowd during the third round of the BMW Championship
Cantlay shoots off the 15th tee during the third round of the BMW Championship in Wilmington
Aaron Wise (67) and Collin Morikawa are tied for sixth, three shots behind. Morikawa also shot a 65 to jump into contention on move-in day.
Cantlay made three birdies before things got interesting in the back. For four successive holes, he bogey-birdie-birdie-eagle before finishing his round of bogey-birdie. Cantlay was a three-foot putt short of a 64 and bogeyed on No. 17 instead.
“The greens are a little bumpy and it probably wasn’t a good shot, so I’ll take care of that after the round, practice a little bit,” Cantlay said. ‘He’s very different from me, and things like that happen.’
Cantlay shot a six-under 65 on Saturday to jump to the top of the leaderboard.
Cantlay hit a lob wedge 107 yards into the 14th green to set up his eagle.
“I don’t know the golf course very well,” Cantlay said. “Obviously, it’s my first time here, so I’ve been on my wedge shots walking to the green to see exactly where I wanted to land, and I basically did it in the perfect spot.”
Cantlay is looking to become the first player to successfully defend a FedExCup Playoffs event.
Stallings followed his par-68 through the first two rounds with six birdies to just one bogey. Stallings is attempting to reach the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time in his 12-year career.
“That was my number one goal to start the year,” Stallings said of getting to East Lake next week.
Cantlay hits the ball out of the bunker on the fifth hole at Wilmington Country Club on Saturday.
“I did a lot of good things to get to this point, and the way I handled myself today in the situation of all the things that we’re dealing with … I feel like I handled myself.” I have nothing to prove,” Stallings said.
Schauffele opened with a birdie and charged an eagle on the third hole. He would birdie two more and post a clean round. A win would mark Schauffele’s fourth tour title in his last 10 starts.
“As important as it is to win events, it’s really putting yourself in position to have a really good shot next week,” Schauffele said. “I’d be the first to tell you that if you’re not in prime position, you’re just not going to win next week.” I’ve been around that. One day at a time.’
Spaniards Jon Rahm and Brendan Steele also shot 65s on Saturday. Both are tied for 18th at 5 under in the tournament.
FedExCup leader Will Zalatoris withdrew during the round with a back injury.
Cantly celebrates with his caddy after he holed out from the fairway on the 14th hole