There was a little bit of something for just about everybody at the Barclays on Saturday, making the start of the 2014 Fed Ex Cup Playoff’s a whole lot more interesting that it was on Thursday. Bo Van Pelt, who looked good at the end of Thursday’s round, has company now on the front page of the leaderboard. 2010 FedEx Cup champion Jim Furyk and Jason Day are looking more and more like the men to catch if you’re wanting to be on the top on Sunday afternoon, but with Hunter Mahan starting Sunday at eight-under and seven players trailing Furyk and Day by two shots, it’s anybody’s game going into the final round.
Sunday Shootout Coming Up
In addition to Mahan, who’s trailing the co-leaders by a shot, starting at seven-under and trailing Furyk and Day by two strokes, Morgan Hoffman, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na, Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and Cameron Tringale are all in line for a Sunday Shootout at the Barclays. Hoffman, who carded 66 today, and Kuchar, who carded 68, looked especially good at the end of the day on Saturday.
Fan favorite and current FedEx Cup leader Rory McIlroy, who’s set his sights on the 2014 FedEx Cup, delivered a fairly uninspiring 70 on Saturday and is keeping company at the 23rd slot on the board with a mob of seven that includes Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and Graeme McDowell.
Trailing now by five shots, McIlroy will need to turn up the heat and try to recapture the magic of his bogey-free 65 on Friday if he wants to hold on to his lead in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
What About Scott?
Adam Scott won the Barclays a year ago at Liberty National and with a 69 on his Thursday card and a 65 on Friday he looked good for a serious run again at Ridgewood County Club in Paramus, New Jersey. But Saturday was another story for Scott. A front nine one-over got worse after he made the turn. Scott couldn’t find the birdies to balance our his back nine double and two bogeys and a went to the clubhouse with a disappointing third round 75 on his card.