PGA TOUR Championship: Round 3 Recap
As I mentioned yesterday, there are still plenty of opportunities for movement up (or down) the leader board at the PGA TOUR Championship. As such, the FedEx Cup Championship is still up for grabs. Jim Furyk’s 2nd round 64, Brandt Snedeker’s 3rd round 64 and Ryan Moore’s 3rd round 65 are indications of the scoring prospects that are available at East Lake Golf Club.
At the conclusion of round 2, Snedeker shares the lead with Justin Rose, who was been near the top of the leader board for basically the entire tournament. Snedeker is also one of the five individuals who control their own destiny with respect to winning the championship. Moore rocketed up the leader board thanks to a 5 under par round yesterday and currently holds third place all to himself.
The leaders must be sure to not rest of their laurels, as there are plenty of capable players within striking distance, especially when one considers the movement that has taken place already. It seems as if there are one or two golfers in each round that make a huge move up the standings.
Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk are well within arm’s reach of the leaders at 5 under par, while the always potentially dangerous Tiger Woods is just behind them, tied with Robert Garrigus, Matt Kuchar (who I still contend has the WORST nickname in all of professional sports) and Bo Van Pelt at 4 under.
Some big-names players, however, are simply too far off the pace to have any hope of emerging victorious. That list includes the likes of Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Sergio Garcia (+2) and Rickie Fowler (+1). Dustin Johnson is barely on the cusp of contention at 1 under par, and it would take a miracle for him to pull out the win.
Bubba still leads the field in driving distance at 317.1, Snedeker and Moore are atop the driving accuracy standings at 71.43%, while Snedeker is tied with Luke Donald and Steve Stricker for most greens in regulation (75.93%). What’s so surprising about the greens in regulation category is the fact that Donald is only -3 and Stricker is +3.
Regardless of the outcome, Sunday at East Lake is certain to entertaining. The final round action begins at 11:30 am EST, with the final group teeing off at 1:50.