DeChambeau takes LIV lead with final hole eagle

DeChambeau takes LIV lead with final hole eagle

SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Bryson DeChambeau made eagle on his final hole at the par-5 17th for an 8-under 63 and a 1-shot lead over Talor Gooch on Saturday in LIV Golf-Valderrama.

DeChambeau has yet to win against the 48-man fields on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf League, and this might be his best chance. He played bogey-free for the day, and his eagle allowed him to move into the lead going into the third and final round.

Gooch, who won back-to-back LIV Golf events in Australia and Singapore earlier this year, had the lead for much of the second round at Valderrama, with eight birdies against one bogey. But then he took a second bogey on the 18th hole and finished with a par for a 65.

PGA champion Brooks Koepka, who already has two LIV Golf wins along with Gooch and Dustin Johnson, got his lone mistake out of the way early and shot 65. He was 3 shots behind DeChambeau.

Johnson shared the opening-round lead but could manage only a 71, leaving him 5 back. Jason Kokrak was a late arrival due to travel from Ohio and was tied for the 18-hole lead with Johnson. He shot 74 and fell 8 shots behind.

DeChambeau was at 9-under 133.

Among those at 1-under 141 was Sergio Garcia, who knows Valderrama as well as anyone. He had to settle for a 71 and was well back in his bid for a first LIV victory.

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