In a case of “that’s golf for ya,” the field thick with superstars and contenders for No. 1 in the world are all being led by the guy ranked 56th in the FedEx Cup standings.
After missing the cut at The Barclays last week, De Jonge fired a 6-under 65, recording just one bogey against seven birdies. That has him up two strokes on eight players, among them world Top 10 members Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.
Stenson, who won the FedEx Cup in 2013, racked up eight birdies against four bogeys.
Five more players, including red-hot Jason Day, are tied for 11th at 3-under. Day, who has a chance to take over No. 1 in the world in addition to leading the FedEx race, was at even par through nine holes, then birdied 10, 11, and 12 in succession.
Rory McIlroy, current No. 1 in the world, is tied for 26th at 1-under. McIlroy was strong at the beginning and end of the round, with two birdies on his first four holes and two more on the final three. But hey bogeyed No. 8, 9, and 14.
Meanwhile, world No. 2 Jordan Spieth had his third bizarrely poor round in a row, a 4-over 75 that has him tied for 80th. Spieth birdied his first two holes, but was only at even par at the turn.
His back nine was downright ugly, five bogeys between 11 and 18. It’s his third straight round of at least 73 after 30 straight rounds of 72 or less.