Barclays Golf 2013: Kevin Chappell and Best Bets to Win in Final Round
The 2013 edition of The Barclays has been stymied by bad weather through three rounds, but the final round is back on schedule and will put a lucky few in the driver's seat for the FedEx Cup.
American Matt Kuchar currently leads the pack going into Round 4 after a performance that saw him tally three birdies, pushing him to 12 under, but he shares the lead with fellow American Gary Woodland.
Outside of the obvious leaders of the pack, there are a few golfers who present even better bets to win the final round. Whether it is because of experience, extreme momentum or other factors, the following are three golfers it would be unwise to bet against on Sunday.
Note : Statistics and information are courtesy of PGATour .com.
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The No. 1 golfer in the world has had quite the tumultuous year. He has won five of nine tournaments but not even one of the majors, so the important wins have eluded him.
As ESPN points out, Woods did not exactly begin Round 3 in typical Tiger fashion:
Tiger Woods: 3 bogeys in 1st 7 holes of 3rd round today (-4 overall); 3 bogeys in 1st 2 rounds of The Barclays combined— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2013
That's two in a row at two-under par 69 for Woods, who sits at eight under overall.
Woods birdied two of his last three holes to gain some momentum heading into the final round. He now has a full head of steam and sees his No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings threatened by Kuchar.
Expect Woods to have a major final round with victory within reach.
Don't look now, but 20-year-old Jordan Spieth is within striking distance of taking home the top prize at The Barclays with one round to go.
Spieth shot a three-under 68 on Saturday to boost himself 14 spots and into the top 10, where he rests comfortably at seven under. Golfer Michael Stewart put it best on Twitter:
What Jordan Spieth is doing on the PGA tour just now is incredible! To perform at that level consistently at his age is different class!— Michael Stewart (@mikeystewart7) August 24, 2013
Spieth has one win to his name already, courtesy of the John Deere Classic earlier in the year. He almost became the youngest golfer in PGA Tour history to win twice, but fellow youngster Patrick Reed shot him down at the Wyndham Championship.
Right now Spieth has seven top-10 finishes to his name. He is riding enough momentum to add an eighth, but do not be shocked if he notches his second career win along the way.
Speaking of momentum, there is no better way to enter the final round of any PGA tournament than by shattering course records in the previous round.
Chappell was an unknown going into Round 3, at two-under and sitting in 43rd place.
A historic performance changed all of that in a hurry.
Chappell wound up shooting a dominant nine birdies and ending up at nine-under 62—a ridiculous new course record, as detailed by PGATour.com's Brian Wacker and ESPN:
Kevin Chappell shot course-record 62 today at The Barclays (-11 overall, 1 shot back) more than 10 shots better than course avg (72.014).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2013
Now Chappell sits just one stroke out of the lead after jumping 40 spots on the day. For a man whose best finish in a major is a third-place tie at the U.S. Open back in 2011, Chappell is experiencing something new while hanging out at the top.
If fans did not know to watch Chappell, they do now. Another quality round and he'll be walking out of The Barclays the winner.
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