BMW Championship R2

Cantlay and McIlroy tied for lead

August 27-30
Olympia Fields CC (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois
$9,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


BMW Championship 2020 R2 - Cantlay and McIlroy tied for lead
Rory McIlroy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Conditions at Olympia Fields did not improve on Friday, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay made mistakes but those were inevitable on the toughest test on Tour this year. At the end of the day they were the only players under par for the tournament, tied for the lead at 1-under.


”I think the test is what’s helped me focus and concentrate because if you lose focus out there for one second… just one lapse in concentration can really cost you around here,” said McIlroy. ”I think one of the big keys this week is just not making big numbers. If you hit it out of position, get it back in position, make sure that your worse score is bogey and move on. Honestly, bogeys aren’t that bad out here.”

Cantlay chipped in for birdie from 50 feet and holed out a 50-yard wedge for eagle but also double-bogeyed a par 3 then emerged from the thick roungh with a 6-iron to birdie the 18th with a 40-foot putt adding up to a 68, matching the best score for the round.



”It’s about as stiff of a test as you would want,” said Cantlay. ”It’s very, very difficult, and you have to play from the fairway, and you have to play from below the hole, frankly. The greens have so much slope on them that you really need to be putting uphill. And so if you’re in the rough, it gets exponentially harder to do that.”

One shot behind the leaders at 140 lie Dustin Johnson and overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama who was the only player this week to reach 4-unde parr. He dropped four shots in his last ten holes for a 73 while Johnson birdied his last two holes for a 69.


”I don’t know if any rain will matter, really,” Kevin Kisner said after a bogey-bogey finish ruined an otherwise good day and gave him a 70, leaving him three shots behind. ”I think even par wins the golf tournament.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Patrick Cantlay
-1
71
68
139
T1
Rory McIlroy
-1
70
69
139
T3
Dustin Johnson
E
71
69
140
T3
Hideki Matsuyama
E
67
73
140
T5
Tony Finau
1
70
71
141
T5
Billy Horschel
1
70
71
141
T5
Louis Oosthuizen
1
72
69
141
T5
Adam Scott
1
72
69
141
T5
Brendon Todd
1
73
68
141
T10
Mackenzie Hughes
2
69
73
142
T10
Kevin Kisner
2
72
70
142
T10
Bubba Watson
2
72
70
142
T13
Bryson DeChambeau
3
73
70
143
T13
Lanto Griffin
3
70
73
143
T13
Tyrrell Hatton
3
73
70
143
T13
Russell Henley
3
74
69
143
T13
Jim Herman
3
71
72
143
T13
Joaquin Niemann
3
72
71
143
T13
Alex Noren
3
72
71
143
T13
Xander Schauffele
3
73
70
143
T13
Brendan Steele
3
72
71
143
T13
Matthew Wolff
3
72
71
143
T23
Abraham Ancer
4
70
74
144
T23
Tyler Duncan
4
68
76
144
T23
Harry Higgs
4
70
74
144
T23
Tom Hoge
4
71
73
144
T23
Viktor Hovland
4
71
73
144
T23
Carlos Ortiz
4
70
74
144
T23
Patrick Reed
4
73
71
144
T30
Paul Casey
5
73
72
145
T30
Corey Conners
5
76
69
145
T30
Matthew Fitzpatrick
5
70
75
145
T30
Brian Harman
5
72
73
145
T30
Jason Kokrak
5
74
71
145
T30
Danny Lee
5
73
72
145
T30
Sebastián Muñoz
5
70
75
145
T30
Michael Thompson
5
72
73
145
T30
Gary Woodland
5
75
70
145
T39
Harris English
6
75
71
146
T39
Adam Hadwin
6
74
72
146
T39
Max Homa
6
74
72
146
T39
Kevin Na
6
72
74
146
T39
Jon Rahm
6
75
71
146
T39
Richy Werenski
6
74
72
146
T45
Byeong Hun An
7
73
74
147
T45
Daniel Berger
7
73
74
147
T45
Dylan Frittelli
7
72
75
147
T45
Mark Hubbard
7
70
77
147
T45
Maverick McNealy
7
77
70
147
T45
Ryan Palmer
7
71
76
147
T45
Scottie Scheffler
7
75
72
147
T45
Robby Shelton
7
75
72
147
T45
Nick Taylor
7
75
72
147
T45
Justin Thomas
7
73
74
147
T55
Joel Dahmen
8
71
77
148
T55
Cameron Smith
8
75
73
148
T55
Tiger Woods
8
73
75
148
T58
Adam Long
9
72
77
149
T58
Collin Morikawa
9
76
73
149
T58
J.T. Poston
9
72
77
149
T61
Jason Day
10
76
74
150
T61
Charles Howell III
10
75
75
150
T63
Cameron Champ
11
77
74
151
T63
Sungjae Im
11
77
74
151
T63
Matt Kuchar
11
75
76
151
66
Andrew Landry
12
77
75
152
67
Talor Gooch
15
76
79
155
68
Kevin Streelman
16
76
80
156
69
Marc Leishman
18
80
78
158
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