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Joel Dahmen, co-leader at Corales Puntacana, says wife ‘gives me a hug and a kiss and tells me to go kick butt’

Joel Dahmen hasn’t received a skilled occasion since claiming two titles on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada almost seven years in the past. Positive vibes from his wife would possibly assist him breakthrough on the PGA Tour this week.

After 54 holes within the Dominican Republic, Dahmen is in place to win for the primary time on golf’s large stage. His third-round 68 included 4 birdies on his again 9, getting him to 10 beneath. Rafael Campos would later birdie the 18th gap to tie him for the lead and these two will take a one-shot benefit into Sunday’s ultimate spherical.

Dahmen credit his wife, Lona, describing how she’s lengthy been a large a part of his group.

“We’ve been together for nine years now, married for two, so she’s seen it all,” he mentioned on Saturday. “She worked two jobs to pay rent when I was on the mini-tours, had no money. So she’s been through it all. She’s been really positive through all this.”

This being the six missed cuts in seven outings in 2021.

“Sounds like I’m just like on golf suicide watch, right? I just had a rough seven, eight weeks. It’s not that bad, but the way I play, super consistent, make a lot of cuts, you know, it seemed like it was pretty bad. So it’s never as bad as you think it is, it’s never as good as you think it is, but Lona’s been great for me. She still gives me a hug and a kiss and tells me to go kick butt, so it’s been good.”

Dahmen has solely posted three bogeys and one double via three rounds at the windy Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He additionally credited his Saturday taking part in associate, Graeme McDowell, for offering some inspiration.

“Playing with Graeme today, he got off to kind of a good start and I was kind of behind the 8-ball. He kind of kicked my butt after the three-putt on 8,” he mentioned. “I started being a little more aggressive with my putts just got to get them to the hole and they might actually go in, and they did thankfully on the back.”

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Typically, Dahmen hasn’t performed this occasion, however he felt like lacking out on this week’s World Golf Championships occasion stirred one thing.

“Normally I take this week off, but I was kind of inspired — I felt like I kind of should have been in that Match Play this year and not being there inspired me to come here and play well,” he mentioned.

As for Campos, he’s solely had two bogeys all week and has shot three rounds within the 60s up to now, together with a second straight 69 on Saturday.

Campos can be searching for his first Tour win. He has one win on the Korn Ferry Tour, the 2019 Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club.

Danny Willett and Michael Gligic are tied for second, one shot again. Emiliano Grillo and Thomas Pieters are tied for fifth, two again. Defending champion Hudson Swafford is in a six-way tie for seventh at 7 beneath.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, additionally held final September, is the primary PGA Tour occasion to be staged twice in the identical season in 70 years.

A win doesn’t imply a journey to Augusta National for the Masters however a victory would acquire the winner this week entry into the 2021 PGA Championship, the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions and the 2022 Players Championship.

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