As the third round started, the talk was about a trio of players: Vijay Singh, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Singh held the lead. Rors and Tiger were only a shot back. Forgotten in the mix was…Phil Mickelson?
Well, Lefty had been forgotten because scoring was low and Phil, even though he had put together a couple of decent rounds, was not exactly scoring as low as the others. He changed that on Saturday as Mickelson shot an 8-under-par 64 to claim a tie with Singh atop the leaderboard after the third round of the BMW Championship. Have to admit, having Phil involved always adds to the flavor of the tournament.
Weather once again played a role as tee times had been initially pushed back to 11 AM local time. Due to excess water was still pooled in the bunkers, tee times were pushed back to noon. For the past week, over five inches of rain had fallen on the course. Threesomes and split tees were put into effect.
I’m not sure anyone envisioned any player having a leading score of -16 after the entire tournament, let alone after three rounds. Another scoring round will be necessary to pull off a win.
Ryder Cup teammates McIlroy and Lee Westwood sit only one shot back at -15. The trio at -14 are Adam Scott, Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson. Woods is at -13.
The push for the TOUR Championship is in full force and will be determined tomorrow. The man on the bubble: Kyle Stanley. Stanley used a third round 69 to jump up 10 spots. The five within Stanley are John Senden (31), Ryan Moore (32), Graeme McDowell (33), Scott Piercy (34) and Seung-Yul Noh (35).
It could also be a testy day for those just above Stanley, the players at 25-29. Garrigus (25), Justin Rose (26), Rickie Fowler (27), defending FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas (28), and John Huh (29) will find themselves in a battle to advance on to East Lake. A poor round especially with low scoring could find any of those players missing out on heading out on a trip to Atlanta.
Another point of interest will be the top 5 spots. IF any of those five were to win at the TOUR Championship, he will win the FedEx Cup. After today’s round, those five would be McIlroy, Mickelson, Woods, Nick Watney and Singh.
As we have seen in the past, one missed putt could cost someone a chance to advance. Needless to say that tomorrow’s final round will be dripping in drama.
Let’s just hope the dripping isn’t due to the weather.