Bryson DeChambeau let his clubs do most of the talking in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Invitational, with his seven-under 63 lifting him five places to join in-form Australian Cameron Smith in second spot.

DeChambeau refused to speak to most of the media after pulling within two strokes of leader Harris English at TPC Southwind on Saturday.

The world No.7 was apparently upset with several stories written about his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine after he missed the Tokyo Olympics last week because of a positive test.

He did agree to interviews with rights-holders CBS Sports and SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

English has led after each of the first three rounds in the World Golf Championships event, opening with a 62 and shooting two 65s to get to 18-under 192. He’s in position for his fifth PGA Tour victory and third of the season.

“I love playing with pressure,” English said. “I think it helps me focus. It’s a privilege to be in this spot. You have to take (challenges) on.”

The 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Hawaii and the Travelers Championship in June in Connecticut. He finished third at the US Open.

Smith, who shot 62 the day before when he tied the PGA Tour record for fewest putts – 18 – in a round, had a 65 to remain second.

The Queenslander made three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but then stormed home in 31 thanks to four birdies to be hot on Harris’ heels heading into Sunday’s final round.

“Just to be in the hunt there tomorrow’s a good enough experience in itself,” Smith said.

“I feel like I’ve been up there a few times now, I just need to go out there and do what I did the first three days and grind it out.”

English created separation atop the leaderboard by birdieing two of the last three holes.

“There’s a lot of good players behind me and my goal is just stick to my strategy and execute and whatever happens, happens,” English said.

“I can’t control what everybody else is doing. I can’t really put a number out there, but if you play good golf out here, you can shoot seven, eight under. So who knows what it’s going to take, but I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing and we’ll see where it is after 18.”

Abraham Ancer (67) was 14 under. Scottie Scheffler (67) and Ian Poulter (67) were 13 under.

Second-ranked Dustin Johnson had a 65 to get to 11 under.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama shot a 64 to reach nine under after making eagles on Nos.3 and 16 – the two par 5s at TPC Southwind.

Marc Leishman (69) is the next best Australian at five under and is tied 25th.

DeChambeau lets clubs do the talking
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