Now that The Barclays has recovered from the six-hour rain delays from Thursday, everything gets back to normal on Sunday at Liberty National Golf Club where they will tee off twosomes from the first tee as they should for weekend play. We will have beautiful weather for the finale, and we for sure, have a leaderboard packed with top names on the PGA Tour. Stick around, this is going to get good.
It’s a nice mix of newcomers, and veterans, all with a chance to cash a big check and pick up the 2500 points awarded the winner of this first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Matt Kuchar will spend his day with 29 year-old Gary Woodland as they tee off in the final group on Sunday, both sharing the 54 hole lead at twelve under par, and both sharing a one-shot lead over Kevin Chappell.
Kevin Chappell got in early on Saturday, posting the 11 under par mark everyone was trying to beat. For his effort, he will draw Tiger Woods as his playing partner for Sunday’s finale’. Woods has had back problems to go along with his swing problems this week, but has been able to scramble around Liberty Nation and stay within site of the leaders.
Tiger Woods is tied with Brit, David Lynn at eight under par, and one stroke clear of a seven player pack that includes rookie phenom, Jordan Spieth, 2012 Masters Champ, Bubba Watson, 2013 US Open Champ, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler. There is a strong contingent at six under par within site of the leaders who have an outside chance if the leaders falter during the final round.
With only the top 100 players moving on to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at TPC Boston, it is crucial for some of the youngsters on the leaderboard to hold serve on Sunday, and finish well. The biggest mover without a doubt is Aaron Baddelley. At six under par, he has a projected move at this point to 74th position from 119. Greg Chalmers has also secured a position next week if he can hold on, improving from 122nd to 79th. Chalmers is at five under par when he tees off today.
The players at six under par who have an outside chance on Sunday are defending champion, Nick Watney, a resurgent Rory McIlroy, Masters champ, Adam Scott, and 2012 US Open Champ, Webb Simpson. After hanging around the top of the leaderboard throughout the first two rounds, Simpson shot a three over par on Saturday to fall six strokes off the lead.
The Fed Ex Cup playoffs are a very exciting time of year for golf fans, and the Sunday finale’ should be must see TV for everyone. With Mahattan, and the Statue of Liberty in the background coupled with the stacked leaderboard golf fans around the world should be treated with the best the PGA has to offer.