Atlanta-For the second day in a row, no one had a better result than Jon Ram in the Tour Championship. This is exactly what he needed when he chased Patrick Cantley for $15 million over the weekend.
On Friday, Ram caught birdies on the last three holes and shot 65, 5 under par. Cantley birdied the last two holes, shot 66, no bogeys, and continued to lead by one shot.
In the 36-hole FedEx Cup in East Lake, this is not a two-person game, although it is becoming a possibility. Bryson DeChambeau (Bryson DeChambeau) is the next closest player, and his 67 lost on Friday. He is six shots behind.
Ram said: “We must feed each other.” “This may be the reason why you see the difference in the scoreboard now.”
Cantley seems to be protecting the lead and often plays on the green. This is more like a product of respect for the East Lake Course, even a slight error on the wrong side of the hole will be punished. He hit 16 of the 18 greens, and only twice did he put the paring putt within about 5 feet.
“I play very well and I think the way I play golf is the right way,” Cantley said.
Cantley started the Tour Championship with a score of 10 under par because he was the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup. Ram began to back up four times.
When asked if the idea was to narrow the lead, Ram replied: “What other strategies are there?”
“Once we kick off, it doesn’t matter,” he said of the four-shot gap. “Even now, there is still a lot of golf to be played.”
Cantley’s pre-match advantage was due to being in Cavern Valley last week.
Cantlay and Rahm joined DeChambeau in the final trio and entered the BMW Championship at the weekend. Cantley ended 66-66 and won the playoffs. Ram finished 70-70, tied for ninth and dropped to the No. 4 seed.
Now it seems a long time ago.
In a way, the Tour Championship now feels normal.
Cantley shot 17 under par. He and Ram will enter the last group again.
DeChambeau has more work to do, as did Justin Thomas, who swallowed two bogeys in the 18th round of 67 and failed to catch a par 5 birdie. He was 7 shots behind.
“A place like this does not have a real safe lead. How tough it can play,” Thomas said. “But in the end, I can’t worry about what other people are doing. I just need to go out and try to catch some birds and stop making mistakes.”
Harris Inglis made the same mistake with five bogeys in the 69th round and entered the big group with a 9-under-par score.
The same is true for Jordan Spieth. When facing a 10-foot putt on the 13th hole, he was about to catch a birdie for the fourth time in a row. He made three pushes, lost motivation and shot 67. Spieth, Rory McIlroy (66) and Louis Ostertiusson (67) were 8 under par.
Gone are the low scores at the opening of the FedEx Cup playoffs. In the rain-soaked Liberty National Team and Cavern Valley, the players on each court made 59 putts. Breeze, it’s already 65.
Therefore, unless the leader returns, it will be difficult for players to take advantage, and there is little sign that Cantley and Ram will do so.
Cantley pays a lot of attention to birdie and didn’t hear a lot of “Patty Ice” calls because there were not many putts. He was bumping up and down in the par-5 bunker on the sixth hole. The wedge he entered into the 13th hole rotated back an inch into the cup.
Ram made a 35-foot putt from outside the green on the 13th hole, then made a right-click error to hit the ball back on the next hole, and then caught a 10-foot birdie on the 16th hole to narrow the gap to one shot.
The last two holes felt like a duel, even on a lazy Friday afternoon.
Ram put a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, and Cantley put his birdie putt at 15 feet. This was the first time he had putt more than 5 feet in a whole day.
On the last hole, Ram rushed out of the front bunker into range. Cantley cut the grain from the slope-he had lost position several times-and watched it slip 8 feet from the hole. He did this to regain the lead.
Ram said: “When you have someone like him that makes almost no mistakes in a round-you might argue that it might be much lower-it only motivates me to continue to do a little better.” Even if I want to focus on myself, you know he will not relax, he is always on the fairway, on the green, on the fairway and on the green.
“It can slightly improve your game level,” he said, “just like I improved his level when I caught a birdie.”