Bryson DeChambeau gets back into contention at Northern Trust

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Bryson DeChambeau, after a pedestrian even-par opening round, played himself into contention in The Northern Trust, with a 6-under 65 Friday at Liberty National in Jersey City.

He stands six shots off the second-round lead held by Jon Rahm.

DeChambeau, however, opted not to talk about his round, or anything else, afterward, something that’s becoming a bad look for him.

DeChambeau continued his boycott of the media, declining interview requests for the sixth consecutive round, dating to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, during which he was quoted about not wanting to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because he wanted to save the shots for those who needed them more than he does.

Bryson DeChambeau
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Rahm, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, said he’s not a fan of the volatility of the FedEx-Cup Playoffs, in which players can make huge leaps up the point standings with a win and nullify the season-long accomplishments of other players at the top of the list.

“I don’t like it’’ Rahm said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I think you have the Playoffs itself and win the first two, and if you don’t play good on the last one, you can end up with a really bad finish. I understand it’s for TV purposes and excitement and just making it more of a winner-take-all.’’


Justin Thomas was asked how he would compare New York fans and Boston fans.

“Boy, I can’t really win answering that question, can I?’’ he said. “They are all passionate, which is what I love. Obviously, they are both probably a little harsher than others, but they are passionate, and they like cheering for you. They love sports, and not just golf, anything.

“You get some loud roars out there on the golf course. They want to see some excitement. They want to see some fireworks. Specifically, the Presidents Cup here was great. I was able to feed off that energy.’’


Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut after shooting 73 in the second round to stand at 3-over, is in danger of not advancing to the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s currently projected to be 68th on the points list and only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship next week.

After his round, Mickelson went directly to the practice range to try sorting out his swing issues. In an interesting juxtaposition, he was hitting balls next to Harry Higgs, whom he had taken down in that Tuesday practice-round match. Higgs, who’s 3-under, will play the weekend at Liberty, while Mickelson will not.

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