FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Projections Going into Final Round of BMW Championship

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FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Projections Going into Final Round of BMW Championship
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The FedEx Cup standings are going to change wildly after the BMW Championship is over, based on the projections through the first three rounds.

The reason behind this is that once the Fed Ex Cup playoffs begin, the events are worth more and more points.  

Currently, Henrik Stenson is the at the top of the Fed Ex Cup standings with 4,051 points. That could quickly change, as the winner of the BMW Championship will be award 2,500 points, shooting them up the leaderboard.

There's just one more tournament after this, so every golfer will be giving it 100 percent in order to gain as many points as they can.  Let's take a look at the projected standings going into Sunday and where these golfers could stand before the Tour Championship in a little over a week.

Projected Fed Ex Cup Standings 

Projected Fed Ex Cup Standings, Post-BMW Championship
Proj. Rank Player Rank Points Proj. Event Points Proj. Points
1. Tiger Woods 2 4,037 550 4,587
2. Henrik Stenson 1 4,051 255 4,306
3. Jim Furyk 15 1,718 2,500 4,218
4. Steve Stricker 8 2,617 1,500 4,117
5. Adam Scott 3 3,917 125 4,042
6. Matt Kuchar 4 3,103 273 3,375
7. Brandt Snedeker 9 2,326 1,000 3,326
8. Phil Mickelson 6 2,762 198 2,959
9. Graham DeLaet 5 2,806 125 2,931
10. Justin Rose 7 2,664 215 2,879

Top Golfers to Watch for

Jim Furyk

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When a player shoots a 59 in a round, he's going to get a lot of attention. 

Furyk did just that on Friday, and he made history. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he was the first golfer to ever shoot a 59 with a bogey on the PGA Tour.

That 59 certainly helped Furyk quite a bit. He leads the pack at 13 under par, heading into Sunday. He shot a 69 on Saturday, putting up four birdies on the day.

A win at Conway Farms would be huge for Furyk. Currently at 15th in the Cup standings, he has a good chance to move all the way up to No. 3.

There's a lot of pressure on Furyk, but he is going to be in an excellent position after the BMW Championship to try and take the Fed Ex Cup in the final tournament.

Tiger Woods

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Before Saturday, it looked like Tiger was going to still be trying for the top spot in the Cup standings, but a huge Round 3 could potentially make him the man to beat.

Tiger had an brilliant round on Saturday, shooting a 66.  He had seven total birdies on the day, including two sets of three straight holes.  After a bogey on the fifth, Tiger had a birdie on the sixth, seventh and eighth. He got par on No. 9 and grabbed another three birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Now, Tiger is at nine under for the tournament and four shots from the leader. If he stayed in fifth for the tournament, he would earn 550 points and possibly move into first in the Cup standings.

Regardless of how Tiger finishes in the Cup, he will likely still consider this year a disappointment after failing to win a Major.  Still, I'm sure he won't complain if he wins the Cup and earns the $10 million payout.

Steve Stricker

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He didn't shoot a 59, but Stricker had one heck of an outing on Saturday.

The 46-year old shot a 64 in the third round, which moved him all the way up to second in the tournament. He had a bogey on the 17th, but he also had six birdies and an eagle on the 15th to put him at 12 under for the weekend.

A second-place finish could move Stricker up to fourth in the Cup standings, while a first-place finish would move him to first with over 5,000 Cup points.  

If he has a round on Sunday like he did on Saturday, Stricker has a shot to win it.

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