By James Turnage
After day three at the PGA Tour Championship, the final tournament in the FedEx Cup we may have a winner, but we might not.
Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker are the leaders going into Sunday’s final 18 holes, 8 under par. They were tied with Jim Furyk until he triple bogied the 17th. Rose has played brilliantly, and Snedeker may be the best putter on professional golf. If Snedeker wins today, he will also win the FedEx cup. Like the infomercials, “but wait”.
Any of the top five going into the 72 hole event will automatically hold high the trophy this evening, if they win the PGA tournament. On the first day, that was, in order, McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson, and Snedeker. Mickelson still has a slim chance at 2 over par. Watney is out of the race at 9 over. So where are McIlroy and Woods.
McIlroy controls his own fate. If he finishes in the top three, and Snedeker or Woods fail to finish at the top, he will have enough points to win the Cup. Rory is only 3 strokes back at 5 under par, and if you have watched him you know he is capable of a charge equal to Tiger’s famed victories.
Woods, who played erratically on Friday, had a far better round on Saturday. He is 4 strokes behind the leader.
Confused? It is a little bit more complicated than most, but with a 10 million dollar bonus for the player who holds up the trophy, it’s worth watching.
It’s more than a possibility that Bubba Watson could be standing in front of the crowd as the PGA Tour Champion, and Rory McIlroy beside him holding the FedEx Cup.
You can see it early on the Golf Channel, followed by coverage on NBC.