DeCham­beau leads by 4 at North­ern Trust

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Bryson DeCham­beau de­scribed him­self as a “man on a mis­sion,” and he sure played like one Satur­day in The North­ern Trust.

Now it’s a mat­ter of which mis­sion he’s on.

DeCham­beau made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn to pull away from a fad­ing col­lec­tion of stars, closed with two more birdies and had an 8-un­der

63 to build a four-shot lead over Kee­gan Bradley go­ing into the fi­nal round of the open­ing FedEx Cup play­off event.

A vic­tory would as­sure DeCham­beau one of the top seeds at East Lake to have a clear shot at the $10 mil­lion bonus for win­ning the FedEx Cup.

“That would be some­thing pretty spe­cial,” he said.

And the tim­ing would be ideal for his Ry­der Cup hopes. DeCham­beau nar­rowly missed qual­i­fy­ing for the U.S. team when he missed the cut at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, but a vic­tory against one of the strong­est fields of the year might be tough for Jim Furyk to ig­nore when he makes three of his cap­tain’s picks a week from Tues­day.

“I’ve just got to keep fo­cus­ing on this tour­na­ment,” the

24-year-old Cal­i­for­nian said. “If I can play well in the first leg of the FedEx Cup, I’ll hope­fully show cap­tain that I’m wor­thy.”

He played the part on a day when everyone else around him went the other di­rec­tion.

DeCham­beau and Adam Scott were the only play­ers from the last

10 to tee off who man­aged to break par, and Scott had to birdie three of his last four holes for a 70. He was six shots be­hind.

Dustin John­son, trail­ing by two shots af­ter 36 holes de­spite two triple bo­geys, added a dou­ble bo­gey to his week and shot 72 to fall nine shots be­hind. Brooks Koepka, the U.S. Open and PGA cham­pion who shared the 36-hole lead, be­gan his slide with a three-putt bo­gey from 12 feet on No. 5 and by Bryson DeCham­beau of the United States cel­e­brates his birdie on the 18th green dur­ing the third round of The North­ern Trust on Satur­day.

miss­ing a 4-foot birdie putt on the next hole. He went 13 holes in the mid­dle of his round with three bo­geys and 10 pars and had to set­tle for a 72. He was seven be­hind.

Brooke Hen­der­son leads CP Women’s Open: Brooke Hen­der­son took the lead into the fi­nal round of the CP Women’s Open, fight­ing through gust­ing wind at Was­cana Coun­try Club in pur­suit of a break­through home vic­tory in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The 20-year-old Cana­dian star shot a 2-un­der 70 in clear and cool con­di­tions to reach 14-un­der 202 and take a one-stroke lead.

“Very ex­cit­ing,” Hen­der­son said. “These crowds this week have been to­tally amaz­ing, and I’ve been play­ing well for them, so I’m happy about that.”

Jo­ce­lyne Bourassa is the only Cana­dian to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship, ac­com­plish­ing the feat in 1973 at Mon­treal Mu­nic­i­pal

in the in­au­gu­ral La Cana­di­enne.

“I don’t know a ton, but she was an amaz­ing golfer,” Hen­der­son said. “To win the na­tional cham­pi­onship at home, it’s truly amaz­ing, es­pe­cially in front of these crowds. I def­i­nitely will hope to be some­what like her to­mor­row and be able to fin­ish the job.”

Hen­der­son won the LOTTE Cham­pi­onship in April in Hawaii for her sixth LPGA Tour ti­tle. She again at­tracted a large gallery, with fans lin­ing the fairways to watch her.

“It’s amaz­ing to see all the lit­tle kids out here,” Hen­der­son said. “If I high-five them or sign some­thing for them, just their face kind of lights up, and it’s a re­ally cool feel­ing for me. I re­mem­ber be­ing in their shoes, as well, and I know it’s re­ally mean­ing­ful when some­body like my­self spends that lit­tle bit ex­tra with them.”

Hen­der­son birdied the 12th, 13th and 14th — with her ea­gle chip

on the par-5 14th hit­ting the back of the cup and stay­ing out — to get to 15 un­der. She saved par with a 20-foot putt on the par-4 16th, then dropped a stroke when she missed a short putt on par-5 17th.

“The con­di­tions have changed a lot over the course of the week and today it played re­ally tough,” Hen­der­son said. “I think you can see that on the leader­board, as well. Peo­ple were hav­ing some trou­ble with it. Hope­fully, go out to­mor­row, make a lot of birdies, and just kind of see what hap­pens.”

Nasa Hataoka of Ja­pan and Amer­i­can An­gel Yin were a stroke back. Hataoka had a 69, and the long-hit­ting Yin shot 71, set­tling for par on par-5 18th af­ter run­ning an ea­gle putt long.

Kevin Suther­land shoots 60 to take Boe­ing Clas­sic lead: Kevin Suther­land shot a 12-un­der 60 on Satur­day in the Boe­ing Clas­sic, birdieing the fi­nal four holes in Sno­qualmie, Wash., to fin­ish a stroke off his own PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons record.

Need­ing an ea­gle on the par-5

18th for an­other 59, Suther­land made a birdie af­ter miss­ing the green with a 3-iron ap­proach. He was tied for the lead with Ken Tani­gawa at 14-un­der 130.

“I birdied 16, I go, ‘You birdie 17 and you ea­gle 18, you’re there,’” Suther­land said. “But it’s eas­ier said than done, ea­gles just don’t hap­pen all the time. But I gave my­self a chance, hit a re­ally good drive. I didn’t hit a great 3-iron. It would have been nice to hit one up there and give your­self at least a putt at it and that didn’t hap­pen.”

In 2014, Suther­land be­came the only player to break 60 in the his­tory of the 50-and-over tour, shoot­ing a 13-un­der 59 — with a clos­ing bo­gey — in the Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open.

“One of the lessons I did learn from Endi­cott was that there was this feel­ing that you ac­tu­ally had won some­thing be­fore the tour­na­ment was over, and I did not play well the next day,” Suther­land said. “So, I’m go­ing to take a lit­tle bit of that with me.”

On Satur­day at The Club at Sno­qualmie Ridge, Suther­land played the back nine in 7-un­der 29, also birdieing Nos. 10, 12 and 13. He opened with three pars in cold con­di­tions, then birdied No. 4 and Nos. 6-9.

“I hit it very close to the hole on five holes on the front,” Suther­land said. “I hit it about a foot 3 feet on 10 and then about a foot on 12. Then I started hit­ting good shots, but they were go­ing to like 15 feet and I started mak­ing those, too. So it all worked to­gether.”

He didn’t dwell on miss­ing a chance for an­other 59, and did break the course record of 61 set by Scott Simp­son and Tom Jenk­ins in

2006.

“Trust me, I’m not even re­motely dis­ap­pointed with the day,” Suther­land said. Tani­gawa shot 64, clos­ing with a birdie in a back-nine 30.

Scott McCar­ron was third at 11 un­der af­ter a 67.

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