BLAINE, Minn. — Bryson DeChambeau figured a score well into the double digits below par could win the inaugural 3M Open.
He is already there, halfway through.
DeChambeau dominated the second round, racking up nine birdies to finish Friday at a career-low 62 and vault into the lead with a 14-under-par score halfway through the first-time PGA Tour event at the TPC Twin Cities.
The 25-year-old DeChambeau, who entered the week eighth in the world rankings, hit greens in regulation on 17 of 18 holes. He sank four putts from 20-plus feet, including the No. 7 and No. 8 holes during a commanding surge on his second nine.
“You’re not going to be perfect, but I can keep driving it well just like I have been, and become more and more confident, that’s the Bryson we saw last year,” said DeChambeau, who went bogey-free over the first two days for the first time in his career.
Adam Hadwin arrived in the clubhouse in second place at 12-under, after five birdies in a steely performance on the back nine amid an on-and-off drizzle during the afternoon. Hadwin, who finished sixth a month ago at the Canadian Open in his native country, shot a 66 to follow up his first-round 64. He was well aware when he teed off exactly how far he would have to come to pull within striking distance of DeChambeau.
“I am the quintessential leaderboard watcher. I know almost at any point where everybody is at, even at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning,” Hadwin said. “I knew. I obviously knew that low scores were available today, but at the same time you still have to be patient. You still have to let it come.”
Scott Piercy, who opened a two-stroke lead with a 62 in the first round Thursday, started on No. 10 and sputtered through the windless, muggy morning with five bogeys on his first nine to offset an eagle. Piercy still came in at 10-under. He was joined by Sam Burns, Brian Harman and Sam Saunders in a four-way tie for third place.
DeChambeau played with Keegan Bradley and Charles Howell III, who used two eagles to shoot 66 and reach the weekend at 8-under. Tony Finau joined Howell in that large group by chipping in for eagle on the 18th.
Park takes 1-shot lead over Monday qualifier: ONEIDA, Wis. — Yealimi Noh began her week trying to qualify for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. She played the opening two rounds alongside an amateur whom she beat by 73 shots. And now she goes into the weekend paired with the No. 1 player in women’s golf. Noh believes six months of hard work has paid off. She just never imagined a week like this. Sung Hyun Park, whose victory last week in Arkansas returned her to No. 1 in the world, twice ran off four straight birdies for a 10-under 62 to break the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record and take a one-shot lead over Noh into the weekend.
Zander Lombard pushes ahead by 1 at Irish Open: LAHINCH, Ireland — Zander Lombard shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Irish Open. The 24-year-old South African, who had not made a cut since early March, found himself inspired at bumpy, quirky Lahinch on Ireland’s west coast. He closed with three straight birdies in Thursday’s opening round for a 64, and he followed it up Friday by playing the back nine in 3 under to post 9-under 131.