BLAINE, Minn. -- While some of the biggest galleries of the day were busy trailing Bryson DeChambeau on Saturday afternoon at the 3M Open, watching him colorfully lament missed shot after missed shot on his way to ho-hum 1-under 70, a couple of kids were elsewhere stealing the show.
It started with 20-year-old Matt Wolff getting blazing hot on the front nine early in the day, making birdie on six straight holes at one point, and stealing some of the fanfare from his local fan favorite Tom Lehman, on his way to a 9-under 62.
It continued with 22-year-old Collin Morikawa going low, too, carding a 7-under 64 that flew so under the radar that many people had to Google his name as he made his way to the clubhouse atop the leaderboard.
That trio of DeChambeau, Wolff, and Morikawa are tied for the 54-hole lead at 15-under with Adam Hadwin and Wyndham Clark right on their tail at 14-under and a logjam of players in contention heading into the final round.
“I mean, I did it yesterday, so it’s definitely doable,” DeChambeau said of the low scores. “There are a lot of things have to break the right way (to shoot that), and they did for me yesterday for me, and they did for Matt today and for Collin today as well. Hopefully they can back it up. It’s going to be tough.”
There were moments throughout the day in which both Wolff and Morikawa looked like seasoned veterans with the way there were tearing up the TPC Twin Cities.
Whether it was Wolff sticking approach shot after approach shot within a few feet on his front nine, or Morikawa nailing a couple of tough intermediate putts on his back nine, both players certainly made a name for themselves with their stellar performances.
You would never know they both made their professional debut last month along with fellow up-and-comers Victor Hovland and Justin Suh, both of whom also made the cut at the 3M Open.
“We have know each other for such a long time,” Wolff said. “It’s really cool to see everyone’s success. I think that kind of fired me up to be able to go out and try to catch them.”
“Who knows where this is going to take us? Morikawa added. “We are just trying to make the most out of it this summer. This is awesome to be out here with those guys. This is what we have always wanted.”
There’s a very good chance Wolff and Morikawa come back down to earth in the final round. It seems like every player that has gone super low this week has followed it up with a rather mediocre performance the following day.
Look no further than DeChambeau for proof. He made it look easy with a 9-under 62 on Friday morning and came back with a 1-under 70 less on Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t think that will happen in the final round,” DeChambeau said when asked whether he expected low scores. “Not from the leaders. Maybe. You never know. All I know is there’s going to be some pressure.”
That’s something DeChambeau is counting on.
Even though it wasn’t long ago that he was in the same position as Wolff and Morikawa, as a grizzled veteran of sorts by comparison, he plans to use his experience to his advantage in the final round.
“I’ve won a couple of times out here,” DeChambeau said. “I know how to get it done. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get it done. Just means that I know what to do, especially when I’m firing on all cylinders.”
Asked whether he was hinting at that fact that the pressure might get to Wolff and Morikawa, he slyly shook his head, and responded, “Mhmm.”