BMW Championship 2013: Key Storylines Ahead of Sunday's Final Round

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent ISeptember 15, 2013

LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 14:  Tiger Woods hits off the fourth tee during the Third Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 14, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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The BMW Championship got the jolt of excitement it needed with Tiger Woods joining the group of contenders ahead of Sunday's final round.

Woods is one of the many notable players who will have a chance to earn an important victory toward the FedEx Cup standings on Sunday. After Saturday's play, nine golfers are within six shots of Jim Furyk at the top of the leaderboard.

Here are three of the biggest storylines going into Sunday's action.


Jim Furyk in Prime Position for 1st Tournament Win of 2013

After becoming the sixth golfer in history to shoot a 59 on Friday, Furyk played another great round on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker going into the final day.

Furyk has been phenomenal on the back nine throughout the tournament with just two bogeys, nine birdies and an eagle in 27 holes.

Despite having six top-10 finishes in 2013, Furyk has yet to win a tournament this season. With that said, the former major champion is playing some of his best golf of the year right now with three top-10 finishes in his last four events.

If Furyk is able to avoid any costly bogeys on the front nine, he will have a tremendous chance to win this tournament, given his incredible success on the back nine over the last three days.


Tiger Woods has a Chance to Win After Impressive 3rd Round

The final round of the BMW Championship got a whole lot more interesting on Saturday with Tiger Woods skyrocketing up the leaderboard after shooting five under par on Saturday. At nine under par through three rounds, the 37-year-old is four strikes behind Furyk.

As Justin Ray of ESPN notes, it was one of Woods' finest rounds of the season.

If he wasn't given a two-stroke penalty on Friday, Woods might be the favorite to win this tournament.

But make no mistake, a four-shot deficit is not an impossible hill for Woods to climb, especially when another victory would make him the leader in the FedEx Cup standings.

The key for the 14-time major champion is to maintain his strong performance on the back nine from Saturday. Woods was four under par on the final nine holes with five birdies and one bogey to close his round. Not only was he driving the ball accurately off the tee, his short game was also improved.

Even if Tiger fails to win his sixth tournament of the year on Sunday, the fact that he has a good chance to challenge the leaders will make for an exciting final round.


FedEx Cup Leader Henrik Stenson Has Lots of Ground to Make Up

With no more major championships on the PGA schedule, one of the most prestigious honors left to win is the FedEx Cup.

Current leader Henrik Stenson has just a 14-point cushion over Woods, but his lead is in serious jeopardy because without an incredible final-round performance, he's unlikely to earn another top-10 finish.

Stenson played his best round of the tournament on Saturday with a 67, but he's nine strokes behind Furyk at the top of the leaderboard.

Even though the 37-year-old Swede doesn't have much of a chance to win on Sunday, he still has plenty to compete for because precious FedEx Cup points are at stake.