Heading into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sergio Garcia has set himself up to make a huge jump in the FedEx Cup standings with a strong finish Monday.
Garcia isn't the only player who has a chance to shoot up the board with a top finish, either.
As the second leg of the FedEx Cup, the Deutsche Bank Championship features a 100-man field. After the tournament is finished and the points are tallied, the field for the third event on the schedule—the BMW Championship in Chicago—is pared down to 70 golfers.
The field is then cut down to just 30 golfers for the Tour Championship.
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This format puts an emphasis on golfers who are on or near the cut bubble to finish at or near the top of the leaderboard in every tournament.
These following golfers have put themselves in prime position to make monumental leaps up the FedEx Cup rankings Sunday.
The leader through three rounds, Garcia shot a 64 on Sunday to get to 19-under par for the tournament. As noted by PGA.com, the Spaniard leads Henrik Stenson by two strokes:
Should Garcia come through with a steady performance under pressure and win the tournament, he is projected to move from No. 55 in the FedEx Cup rankings to No. 3.
Through three rounds, Garcia has shot no worse than five-under par, posting rounds of 66, 65 and 66.
Hitting fairways and greens with regularity (over 83 percent in both categories), the most talented player to never win a major has been playing with a high degree of comfort and skill. But, as many of you are surely aware, Garcia has been known to choke under pressure.
As noted by PGA Tour Media, Garcia's winning percentage when carrying a lead/co-lead in the final round of a tournament isn't good:
Regardless of whether he wins or not, it will take a blowup of gargantuan proportions for Garcia to not end up with a significant boost in the FedEx Cup standings.
Coming into this tournament, Kevin Stadler hadn't made much noise.
Competing in 23 events, he'd only earned three top-25 finishes—including a third-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. When measured against his eight missed cuts, Stadler has had more downs than ups in 2013.
However, should he hold his position in seventh place, Stadler is projected to move from being ranked No. 75 on the FedEx Cup standings to No. 40.
Suddenly, a guy who has never won on the PGA Tour has a chance to work his way into the conversation at the Tour Championship.
Through three rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Stadler sits in seventh place by himself. Playing with Tiger Woods on Sunday, he carded his second 64 of the tournament and third in his last seven rounds, as noted by PGA Tour Media:
Another solid round Monday should at the least ensure a passport into the next event.
Ian Poulter entered this tournament in danger of missing his ticket to the next with a rank of No. 77 in the FedEx Cup standings.
A player who is known for wearing loud and interesting pants, Poulter has won twice on the PGA Tour and 12 times on the European Tour while getting close to victory in many a major championship.
Will Poulter make it into the Tour Championship?
But the 2013 season hadn't been particularly good to Poulter heading into the final four tournaments. In 14 PGA events, the English golfer finished in the top 10 three times, matching the amount of cuts he missed.
Three days into the Deutsche Bank Championship, however, Poulter is ready to make a charge up the FedEx Cup standings. Currently in eighth place at 13-under par, this Brit is projected to move from No. 77 in the rankings up to No. 45.
Another strong showing will secure Poulter's place in the next event.
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