Tyler McCumber's PGA Tour season is starting off right

The new season looks good on Tyler McCumber. The 29-year-old is continuing to build off the best PGA Tour finish of his career with (...)

Tyler McCumber's PGA Tour season is starting off right

The new season looks good on Tyler McCumber.

The 29-year-old is continuing to build off the best PGA Tour finish of his career with some momentum in the third event of the 2020-21 season. McCumber shot 6-under 66 Saturday to sit four shots off the lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

With 18 holes left to play at Country Club of Jackson, McCumber sits at 11 under, in contention for his first Tour title.

Coming off a second-round 69, McCumber started his day with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to make the turn at 2 under. On the back nine, McCumber had a five-hole stretch that boosted him up the leaderboard going birdie-birdie-par-birdie-eagle on Nos. 11-15. McCumber’s eagle putt on the par-4 15th, his shining moment of the day, measured 60 feet, 10 inches.

McCumber also made an eagle in the first round on No. 11. He is the only player with two eagles in the tournament.

Sanderson Farms: Leaderboard | Photos | Tee times, TV info

“I had to kind of hit a high soft driver in there because it was downwind, kind of playing firm, as well, and I hit the driver just right how I imagined it, landed soft, kind of near that front, I think just short, bounced up, and obviously from that distance you’re just trying to get the speed perfect, and I happened to get the line, as well,” McCumber said.

He ended his round with his second bogey of the day on 17 before finishing his round with a par on 18.

McCumber finished the day tied for the second-lowest round of the day, behind Cameron Davis who carded 9-under 63.

McCumber is in the midst of the hottest streak of his Tour career. The former University of Florida golfer missed the cut at the Safeway Open but bounced back in the Dominican Republic, finishing second at last week’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, one shot behind winner Hudson Swafford. There’s something special about the event for McCumber. Last week’s finish was his first top-10 on Tour. His previous best result was a T-19 at the 2018 event, his first career start.

Since missing the cut at the Safeway Open, McCumber has carded rounds of 65-71-69-66-70-69-66. Playing with an active hot streak is something he’s learning to navigate this week in Jackson, Mississippi.

“Yeah, obviously last week takes a lot of energy out of you, in a good way, so always I’ve noticed it is kind of tricky the next week navigating sort of energy and focus,” McCumber said Saturday. “But I tried to enjoy it but not ride the high too much in regards to getting energy back and focus for this week.”

Last season on Tour, his first, McCumber played in 20 events, made the cut in 10 and his best finish was a T-20 at the Puerto Rico Open. In the sevens events he played after the Tour resumed from the 13-week coronavirus break in June, McCumber missed five cuts, withdrew from the 3M Open with a leg injury and placed T-29 at the Barracuda Championship. He also has three career wins on the Latinoamérica Tour.

McCumber, the son of 10-time Tour winner Mark McCumber, earned his PGA Tour card after finishing the 2018-19 season on the Korn Ferry Tour in the top-50 finish.

While he’s in a nice groove on the course, McCumber isn’t getting ahead of himself headed into Sunday’s final round.

“Yeah, absolutely, (there’s) a lot of work left,” McCumber said. “The course is getting so perfect. The greens are probably the best greens I’ve ever putted on. Obviously come out and stay patient and aggressive and kind of just try to do the same thing I did today, make a lot of birdies.”

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Cameron Davis birdies first five holes, shoots 63: 'I was just in the groove'

JACKSON, Miss. – Cameron Davis set out with a simple goal of trying to improve his ball-striking during the third round of the Sanderson (...)

Cameron Davis birdies first five holes, shoots 63: 'I was just in the groove'

JACKSON, Miss. – Cameron Davis set out with a simple goal of trying to improve his ball-striking during the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. He did that and then some, making birdie on his first five holes of the day and adding an eagle on the second nine en route to shooting a tournament-low 9-under 63 at the Country Club of Jackson.

“It’s nice to get on the train,” he said. “It’s been a little while since I’ve had a kick like that to start my round out.”

The 25-year-old Australian made the biggest move on Moving Day, carding seven birdies and an eagle to vault to the top of the leaderboard at 14-under 202. Davis had been frustrated with his tee game in the opening round, but a hot putter saved him and he signed for 66. In the second round, his iron game let him down and his putter failed to bail him out as he settled for 72. On Saturday, it was all systems go as he led the field in both Strokes Gained: Off the Tee and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and third in Strokes Gained: Putting.

“I just felt like I had a little bit better idea of where the ball was going today,” he said.“It was one of those rounds where you kind of find that zone where you’re trusting your driver, you’re trusting your irons, your putter feels really good, you’re not worried about the score … today was an opportunity where halfway around, having a great round, and I was just like, ‘I’ve got to keep doing this.’ ”

Sanderson Farms: Leaderboard | Photos

After shooting 6-under 30 on the front nine, Davis drilled a fairway wood from 266 yards to 10 feet at the par-5 14th and sank the eagle putt to claim the lead. One hole later, he blasted out of the bunker to 2 feet at the short par-4 for his final birdie of the day.

Davis is in his third season as a PGA Tour member and made steady improvement last season, qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs in his sophomore campaign. Just as he seemed to be finding a rhythm, the season was suspended due to the global pandemic.

“I felt like I was really kind of finding my stride, and after a couple of months of not touching a club or hitting a ball I kind of lost a little bit of that and had to work back into it,” he said, “but now I’m starting to find a groove and it’s starting to come down to the finer details.”

Davis contended through 36 holes at the Northern Trust in August, shooting 64-65, but sputtered on the weekend. The next step for him is to put four good rounds together and win his first Tour title. (He won the 2017 Emirates Australian Open and the 2018 Nashville Golf Open on the Korn Ferry Tour.) That would cap off a year that has had its share of momentous moments. Davis closed on a home in Seattle in March with his longtime girlfriend Jonika, and they tied the knot on September 5.

“Things haven’t changed much. We’re still together,” he said with a smile. “It’s working really well, and yeah, it’s nice to kind of really have a nice home base now in Seattle. We’ve got a house and a dog together.”

On Sunday, Davis could continue what has become something of a Sanderson Farms Championship tradition – all six winners since the tournament shifted to the Country Club of Jackson have claimed their maiden Tour title.

“I don’t know why it’s come down to every single one being a first-timer,” Davis said, “but hopefully there’s another one.”

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