BMW Championship 2013: Ranking Top Contenders for Delayed Final Round
The final round of the BMW Championship was delayed and eventually suspended due to poor weather conditions. Leader Jim Furyk was forced to sleep on his one-stroke edge for another night with a talented group of golfers within striking distance.
Steve Stricker, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods round out the top five, and they're all within four strokes of the lead. A total of 11 groups are still waiting to start the fourth round, a process which is slated to start at 8 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), according to the PGA Tour.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the top contenders for the Monday finish. For a complete list of scores, visit the tournament's official site. It could be one of the most exciting days of the season with so many players in the mix.
1. Jim Furyk (-13)
Furyk is the favorite as he heads into the final round in sole possession of the lead. Yet his chances depend on which version of his game he brings to the course. In the first and third rounds, he was a combined one under par. But he fired a 12-under 59 in Round 2.
Unless scoring conditions have drastically changed following the weather delay, playing around even likely won't be enough to win. He needs to attack the course with the same type of confidence he did en route to that historic second round.
The good news is that he's playing really well as of late. He's earned four top-10 finishes in his last five starts, so that tremendous effort wasn't some type of fluke. Now, his first win of the season is just 18 holes away as long as he doesn't falter.
2. Brandt Snedeker (-11)
Snedeker is a streaky player and was in the midst of a cold spell entering the BMW Championship. He hadn't finished inside the top 30 in any of his last five starts, a stretch that included a pair of missed cuts. But he's bounced back in a major way.
He opened with a terrific eight-under 63 and has played two solid rounds to remain near the top. Like Furyk, he's probably going to need something closer to his best round of the event to win it, but that's certainly possible the way he's been striking the ball.
Last year's FedEx Cup champion also has the motivation of climbing the standings so he can control his own destiny at the Tour Championship. He must be in the top five to make that happen and pre-round projections have him at No. 7.
3. Tiger Woods (-9)
Woods would obviously be in much better shape if he hadn't received a two-shot penalty following the second round. That said, he's still just four strokes off the pace and could make his presence felt with a couple early birdies.
The biggest key for him is controlling the distance of his approach shots. His driving accuracy for the tournament is at 76 percent, well above his seasonal average, but some of his iron shots have gotten away from him.
If he can starting finding the green and giving himself a bunch of mid-range looks at birdie, there's a great chance he makes a charge toward Furyk. A victory would be Woods' sixth of the season, four more than anybody else on tour.
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