PGA Tour: Bryson DeChambeau leads despite missing out on a ’59 round’ at BMW Championship

Bryson DeChambeau narrowly missed out on PGA Tour history on his way to jumping to the top of the leaderboard during the second round at the BMW Championship.

The eight-time PGA Tour winner carded two eagles and eight birdies on his way to a scintillating second-round 60 at Caves Valley Golf Club, taking him to 16 under and a shot ahead of Patrick Cantlay.

DeChambeau was 12 under after 16 holes and threatened to match the PGA Tour’s record-low score of 58, set by Jim Furyk during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship, only to par his final two holes and miss out on the first sub-60 round of the season.

DeChambeau rolled in a 10-foot birdie at the first and made a two-putt gain from a similar distance at the par-five next, before holing an 11-foot eagle at the fourth and picking up a shot at the fifth to leave him five under after just five holes.

The 2020 US Open champion converted from five feet at the seventh and drained a 30-footer at the eighth to reach the turn in 29, with back-to-back birdies from the 11th and another from eight feet at the 14th taking him 10 under for the day with four holes to play.

DeChambeau then struck an incredible approach into the par-five 16th to inside four feet to set up an eagle, leaving him requiring a birdie-birdie finish to equal the lowest round in PGA Tour history.

The American was unable to convert his 15-foot birdie try at the par-three 17th, leaving him needing a final-hole birdie to card a sub-60 round, where DeChambeau fired his approach to six feet but missed the putt to leave him just short in his bid to enter golf’s record books.

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DeChambeau’s score equalled the lowest round of the season on the PGA Tour and was the best of his PGA Tour career so far, while a win this week would see him move top of the FedExCup standings heading into the season-ending Tour Championship.

Cantlay also had an outside chance of creating history after five birdies in a six-hole stretch from the 11th took him to 10 under for the day, only for him to fail to get up and down from the greenside bunker on his penultimate hole and fall a shot off the lead.

Watch the BMW Championship throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Saturday from 4.30pm on Sky Sports Golf and 8.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.

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