Round 3 of the PGA TOUR Championship kicks off today at 11:40 am EST with Ernie Els (+7) and Nick Watney (+9) starting the weekend action at the final tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The last group to tee off today, and the 2 at the top of the leaderboard, Justin Rose (-6) and Jim Furyk (-7) tee it up at 2 pm EST.
Furyk is in the final group thanks to an incredibly impressive second round, in which he was 6 under par, including 6 birdies on the front 9 that sent him out in 29. He finished even on the back 9 with another 3 birdies, but added 3 bogeys, as well. Furyk’s recipe for success was easy. Drive it down the middle, stick an iron shot within 10 feet and convert the birdie putt. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately for everyone, it wasn’t anywhere close to that easy. Just ask Watney, whose first two rounds consisted of a +5 and a +4 outing. Luckily for him, with only 30 golfers in the field, everyone makes the cut.
Some other notables include Bubba Watson (-5), Rory McIlroy (-3), Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickeslon and Tiger Woods (-1) and Sergio Garcia (+2).
It’s clear that there are some low scores to be had at East Lake Golf Club, as Furyk and his 2nd round 64 indicate. Furyk mentioned that his round came while some of the pin placements on Friday were absolutely brutal and the greens were incredibly fast.
With you consider the talent in this all-star field and the fact that Furyk basically came out of nowhere to shoot 64 on Friday; it will be interesting to see which player(s) make serious moves on Saturday and Sunday to get themselves into contention.