THURSDAY’s ON THE LINKS | Professional golf events
Roberto Castro wants nothing more than to go home to Atlanta, and he took a soggy step in the right direction Thursday in the BMW Championship. Castro was just as good before the rain as he was after the storms cleared at Crooked Strick, running off eight birdies until a bogey on his last hole for a 7-under 65 and the temporary lead. Storms and heavy rain caused a 3 1/2-hour delay and changed the nature of Crooked Stick from fast and firm to greens that were soft and accessible. The delay meant that just under half the 69-man field finished the round. The round was to resume today at 8 a.m., with more bad weather in the forecast. Brian Harman got right back into gear. He was in position to potentially lock up his spot in the Tour Championship until closing with a 77 from the final group at the TPC Boston on Monday. He opened with a 66, with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole and no bogeys on his card. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson was within one shot of the lead until he sent his drive into the lake to the right of the 18th fairway and made bogey, giving him a 67 along with Jason Dufner. Among those still on the course, Chris Kirk was at 5 under at the turn, while Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey and Adam Scott were at 4 under on the back nine. Castro went to Georgia Tech and still lives in Atlanta, about 15 minutes from East Lake. That’s the destination for everyone in the field trying to get into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup and advance to the Tour Championship for a shot at the $10 million bonus.
Bobby Wyatt took a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau in the rain-delayed DAP Championship, the inaugural tournament that opens the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Wyatt closed with a birdie for a 7-under 63 at Canterbury Golf Club. DeChambeau, the former SMU player who swept the 2015 NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles, birdied the final two holes for a 64. D.A. Points and Zack Sucher shot 65. None of the afternoon starters were able to complete the round that was delayed for more than three hours because of rain and suspended for the day at 6:58 p.m. when another storm rolled in. The four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Wyatt and DeChambeau who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible.
Ben Evans birdied five birdies in his first six holes and finished with a 6-under 65 at The Dutch for a one-stroke lead in the KLM Open. Dutch amateur Rowin Caron was a stroke back along with Mikko Korhonen, Bernd Wiesberger, Peter Hanson, Byeong Hun An, Joakim Lagergren, Nino Bertasio and Chris Hanson. Defending champion Thomas Pieters, pulled out of the tournament after being stung by a bee this week.