Tour Championship 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Updates, Highlights and More

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Tour Championship 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Updates, Highlights and More
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Jim Furyk entered the day with a one-shot lead over Justin Rose. His commanding second-round 64 moved him from outside the Top 10 to the top of the leaderboard.

But as he showed on Friday, a player striking the ball well can make a move at any time on the East Lake Golf Club.

Saturday featured Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore making moves in the Tour Championship. Most important, Snedeker's accuracy and putting has him vying for the FedEx Cup—a win on Sunday gives him the both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup titles.

 

Leaderboard

Top 10

Pos.

Player

Total

Saturday

T1

Brandt Snedeker

-8

-6

T1

Justin Rose

-8

-2

3

Ryan Moore

-6

-5

T4

Rory McIlroy

-5

-2

T4

Bubba Watson

-5

E

T4

Jim Furyk

-5

2

T7

Tiger Woods

-4

-3

T7

Matt Kuchar

-4

E

T7

Robert Garrigus

-4

-1

T7

Bo Van Pelt

-4

1

Notables

Pos.

Player

Total

Today

T11

Zach Johnson

-3

E

T11

Luke Donald

-3

-3

T15

Jason Dufner

E

E

T20

Phil Mickelson

+2

+2

T24

Sergio Garcia

+1

+3

28

Ernie Els

+1

+8

29

Nick Watney

9

E

30

Lee Westwood

+6

+11

 

Highlights

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the day was the move made by Brandt Snedeker. He shot a six-under 64 to jump to the top of the leaderboard.

           

 

Rory McIlroy shot a 68 in the second round to stay close to Furyk. He shared his thoughts on his play and the course overall at the 2012 Tour Championship.

          

 

Tiger Woods made a big move on the day as well, including this clutch birdie effort on the 12th hole. He had three other birdies and a bogey on the day.

          

 

Luke Donald didn't put up many red marks on the day, but he certainly made his mark on the 14th hole. He more than offset his one bogey (Hole 5) with this eagle effort.

            

 

Outlook for Sunday

While players will be vying to win the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup title is also on the line. The Top 5 players  in the points standings (McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson and Snedeker) would also win the season championship with a win on Sunday.

Snedeker has to be optimistic headed into the final day. He's in the driver's seat to grab two titles on Sunday. USA Today shared his comments after he finished play.

It was probably one of the best rounds I've played this year. I drove it fantastic. Hit a lot of quality iron shots, and putted actually OK for me, not great. I left a lot of putts out there. But to hit 17, 18 greens, in this wind on the golf course, you're striking your ball pretty good.

I think the biggest thing is going to be how patient you can stay because this golf course eats guys up that don't stay patient. With all that extra stuff that goes with the FedEx Cup Championship and The Tour Championship, there are so many reasons to get antsy. So you have to do an unbelievable job of staying patient. That's my goal is to stay as patient as I possibly can.

Justin Rose has a shot at the FedExCup with a win, but it would take a major collapse by several other golfers. Snedeker would pass him and secure at least a tie for the season championship with a second-place finish behind Rose. McIlroy would do the same with a third-place finish.

Furyk appears to be performing another crumbling act. He was in a tie for the lead until he shot a three-over seven on the 17th hole. 

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.

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