DeChambeau 2 up on Bard heading into afternoon


OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – At times frustrated and bewildered, Bryson DeChambeau looks the shakiest he has all week at the U.S. Amateur.

He’s still in the lead.

Even after uncharacteristic misses with his short irons and putter, DeChambeau moved ahead on the back nine with three consecutive wins and will take 2-up lead over Derek Bard into the second half of the scheduled 36-hole final at Olympia Fields.

DeChambeau, who had lost only nine holes all week, dropped three in a row on the front nine to Bard, a junior at Virginia who is ranked 51st in the country. DeChambeau was on the verge of falling 3 down for the first time all week when he holed a pitch shot from behind the eighth green.

DeChambeau made birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 and then holed a 15-footer for par on 16 to move 3 up. He appeared to be in line for another win on 18 after Bard sailed his drive onto an adjacent fairway, but DeChambeau missed the green right, flubbed a flop shot, hit a mediocre pitch and whiffed a 7-footer for bogey. 

DeChambeau, a 21-year-old senior at SMU, is looking to become the fifth player in history to win the NCAA title and U.S. Amateur in the same season.

Play was delayed an hour Sunday because of heavy rain. The afternoon portion of the championship is scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. ET.