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Bryson DeChambeau falls one shy in pursuit of 59

Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Bryson Dechambeau plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Bryson Dechambeau plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bryson DeChambeau missed a 6-foot birdie putt that would have secured him a 59 for the 13th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.

DeChambeau had to settle for a 12-under 60 that gave him sole possession of the lead through 36 holes at the BMW Championship on Friday.

DeChambeau made eagle at the par-5 fourth and 16th holes at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore and added eight birdies without a bogey.

The round put DeChambeau at 16 under through two rounds and gave him a one-stroke lead at the time over Patrick Cantlay, who shot 63 on Friday.

It would have marked the first 59 on tour since Scottie Scheffler at The Northern Trust in 2020 and the third 59 in FedEx Cup Playoffs history.

DeChambeau, 27, is the No. 6 ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings and won his first major at the 2020 U.S. Open.

His second shot at No. 16 was among the highlights of his round. After finding the rough off the tee, he had 253 yards to the pin. His shot rolled to the back of the green, caught a downslope and trickled to within 3 feet for his eagle, putting him in position for a 59.

Needing just one birdie for a 59 — or two birdies for the second 58 in tour history — he instead settled for par on each of the final two holes.

–Field Level Media