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Beauty and the beast as DeChambeau’s 95ft putt at USPGA Championship keeps American in contention

BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU had the beauty and the beast with a stunning 95 FOOT putt to go six-under on the third day of the USPGA in San Francisco.

The American's new bulked-up look has been the talk of golf, enabling his big hitting to turn into even more monster shots.

But he showed that he also had plenty of finesse by sinking a stonking putt on the 18th for birdie to tie seventh going into today's final round.

DeChambeau, who added 20 pounds of muscle this year, even took the 26-year-old by surprise with the fantastic putt as he carded a third-round 66.

He said: "It's the longest putt I've ever made in any competition, ever."

At 95 ft 5 in, it was also the longest putt made on the PGA Tour since Nick Watney's 95 ft 7 in effort in the 2017 RBC Canadian Open.

DeChambeau added: "I just said to myself, well, I think this line looks pretty good.

"We've been doing a lot of speed testing so I knew I had to hit it like 130 ft relative to all of our stuff... I was able to start it on line and saw it kept going closer and closer to the hole and eventually dropped.

"Those moments, you just have to look back and laugh and appreciate what the game is, because that stuff happens at random points in time in life. This was a pretty good random moment to do it in."

DeChambeau is three shots behind compatriot Dustin Johnson who held a one-stroke lead after the third round.

Johnson had eight birdies in a sizzling 65. He is one shot clear of Cameron Champ, with England's Paul Casey in third on seven-under.

DeChambeau said: "I'm proud of myself that I've been able to change my body and give myself a chance to win tomorrow.

"That's something that is difficult to do... there's usually a little struggle with that. So I really am blessed and proud."

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy's six-year Major drought shows no signs of ending.

He fell further back after a bogey-bogey finish saw him slip to a one over par 71, leaving him just inside the top fifty.

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