After a modest first round 70, Russell Henley bounced back with a second round 66 and a third round 65 to charge up and take the lead heading into the final round of the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship. Henley didn’t really get started until after he bogeyed the 6th hole.
Henley was 1-under up until that point and then really turned it on. In his next seven holes, Henley would birdie five of those holes. Henley then capped it all off with a birdie on 17 to get to 12-under for the tournament and a one shot lead heading into the final round.
It’s been an up and down year for Henley, but a year in which he has found the winner’s circle. That was at this year’s Honda Classic in which he won a four player playoff that included Rory McIlroy and Ryan Palmer who are right in the thick of it here at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
It’s been a tough year for Billy Horschel as he really hasn’t followed up after a great season last year. But, Horschel has a chance to make up for lost time with a win here at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Horschel sits alone in second place just one shot behind Henley at 11-under.
Jason Day had maintained a one, two shot lead for the entire day until he got to the 14th hole. Day would bogey back-to-back holes on 14 and 15 to drop to 10-under. Day is in a tie for 3rd place just two shots behind Henley.
McIlroy and Chris Kirk had the low rounds of the day as they both shot a 7-under 64. It’s kind of funny, they both had bogey-free rounds, but they took different routes to getting to that 64.
Kirk had a pretty symmetrical round. Kirk birdied the first two holes, and then birdied 9-10-11, and then capped off his round by birding the final two holes. While McIlroy birdied 2, 3, 7, 10, 13, 15, and 16.
Webb Simpson double bogeyed the ninth hole, but nevertheless, shot a 3-under for the day and sits alone in 6th place at 9-under. Simpson is competing for one of the three captain’s picks.
Other Ryder Cup hopefuls Keegan Bradley and Ryan Palmer are right behind in a tie for 7th at 8-under par along with Seung-Yul Noh, and Kevin Streelman.
For Bradley it was a solid bounce back round. After coming off a disappointing 71 by bogeying three of the final five holes, Bradley bounced back by playing a bogey-free round, but only birding two holes. He left a couple of birdie chances out there, but nevertheless, it was solid. Bradley is still in a position to make a final round Monday charge.
Palmer, meanwhile, after a strong first round 63 Palmer has shot just even par for rounds two and three. They haven’t been boring rounds though. Palmer has been a roller coaster birding nine holes, bogeying 7 holes, and double bogeying one hole.
Bill Haas, another Ryder Cup hopeful, has strung together some good tournaments and is on his way to having yet another good finish. Haas is 7-under in a tie for 11th along with Rickie Fowler, Chesson Hadley, Geoff Ogilvy, and Jordan Spieth.
Also, it’s worth noting that there was a secondary cut that nabbed seven golfers the opportunity to play on Monday. Patrick Reed was one of them who got the cut, which is surprising as Reed was in contention coming into Sunday, but an 11-0ver 82 knocked out Reed. Reed double bogeyed 10, 12, 13, and 14.
Matt Every also had a rough day at the office today shooting a 15-over 86. Every bogeyed six holes, double bogeyed three holes, and triple bogeyed one hole.
All in all, we have another great leaderboard with a lot on the line and we should have a great Labor Day Monday finish at the TPC Boston.