“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Westwood, who didn’t miss a shot for the pair for the second straight year, making nine consecutive pairs on the top nine and four birdies on the back nine for a third round of 68 (-4), which enabled him to stay alone at the top with a total of 203 (-13).
“I like to play with him,” he explained. “I like your company and the company of your caddy. It’s like the second part, the rematch, ”added the 47-year-old veteran (48 in April) who is looking for the biggest title in a career with 42 wins – two on the PGA Tour – but no majors.
This time Westwood leaves the rival with two advantage blows when he commanded the best of the rival for the decisive day in Orlando and finished second with the minimal disadvantage for the latter. If he wins, he will become the tournament’s second oldest champion after Fred Funk in 2005.
DeChambeau, currently No. 6 in the world and champion of the US Open, scored 67 points after two rounds of 69 on Saturday to isolate himself in second place with 205 (-11).
The ShotLink era (2003) was the last time Adam Scott and Vijay Singh were in the final group in two events, followed by a stroke on the PGA Tour, and the 2007 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
But Westwood and DeChambeau have competition. World number 3 Justin Thomas drove the best lap of the week and was a shot to reach the field record with 64 (-8). With 206 (-10) and Dough Ghim (68) he finished third. And the number 2 in the world, Jon Rahm (67), shares fifth place with the Englishman Paul Caseu (67) and Brian Harman (69), all with 207 (-9).
More information is available at www.golftattoo.com