American professional golfer Bryson DeChambeau delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday, carding an 8-under-par 63 at the LIV Golf Invitational Andalucia at Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain. DeChambeau’s bogey-free round, which concluded with an impressive eagle on the final hole, propelled him into the lead heading into the last day of the tournament. With a total score of 9 under, he currently holds a one-stroke advantage over his competitors.
Reflecting on his remarkable round, DeChambeau expressed his satisfaction, stating, “It was a fantastic round. I had a lot of great things happen to me, but I also struck the ball really well, like I’ve been wanting to. Whenever I got nervous, I was able to hit it straight down the middle or position my shots optimally on the golf course. I am thrilled with my performance today.”
DeChambeau, whose best finish this season is a fifth-place tie, is joined at the top of the leaderboard by Talor Gooch at 8 under, Brooks Koepka at 6 under, and Dustin Johnson at 4 under. Johnson, who co-led after Friday’s round, had a more challenging day on Saturday, shooting a par 71, but remains in contention for the title.
Johnson acknowledged the difficulties he faced on the course by saying, “Today, the course played very difficult for me. However, I was fortunate to chip and putt well, resulting in an even par score. It could have been a lot worse.”
In the meantime, 2018 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, scored an eagle on hole 17, contributing to his solid round of 65. Talor Gooch, on the other hand, took the lead in birdie count, recording a remarkable eight birdies during the round.
Explaining his success, Gooch attributed it to finding the fairways consistently, saying, “Out here, if you get the ball in the fairway, you’re going to have a chance. The fairways are just tough to hit. I was able to hit a bunch of fairways and made a couple putts today. Yesterday I really didn’t make anything. I played nearly as good, just made nothing. Made a few more putts today, which was good.”
Sebastian Munoz of Colombia currently sits in fifth place, trailing DeChambeau by six strokes after shooting a 3-under 68 on Saturday. Three golfers are tied for sixth place, trailing the leader by seven strokes. Spain’s David Puig recorded a 5-under 66, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters shot a second-round 67, and England’s Ian Poulter matched his first-round score with another 70 on Day 2. All three players are at 2 under.
With Sunday’s final round on the horizon, the stage is set for an exciting battle as the top golfers in the tournament vie for the title. DeChambeau, Gooch, Koepka, and Johnson will be looking to maintain their momentum and outperform the competition to secure victory at the LIV Golf Invitational Andalucia.