As the FedEx Cup playoffs continue on to Day 3 at the Deutsche Bank Championship Saturday, the projected leaderboard keeps getting shaken up from top to bottom.
Entering this weekend's tournament, it was Hunter Mahan atop the points leaderboard after he won at The Barclays the week prior. He was just barely ahead of Rory McIlroy, who held a sizable lead entering the playoffs thanks to his dominating finish to 2014.
But with players putting themselves in position for big finishes this weekend, and others falling into the background, the leaderboard has already taken some serious twists and turns through just one half of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Here is a look at the current projected FedEx Cup leaderboard.
|2014 FedEx Cup Points Projections: Deutsche Bank Day 2|
|Rank||Golfer||Actual Total||Projected Total*|
|Projected Total based on Aug. 30 results per PGATour.com|
Note: Rankings courtesy of PGATour.com, updated as of August 30 at 7:18 p.m. ET
As the second of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments, the Deutsche Bank Championship is when the top contenders should be hitting their strides.
With 125 golfers making The Barclays, the field is trimmed down to 70 by the time Labor Day comes to a close. But it's much more than just remaining one of the top 70 golfers that has contenders itching to play their best golf.
Instead, it's a whopping 2,500 points awarded to the winner that makes winning at the Deutsche Bank a huge springboard toward a possible FedEx Cup title and a cool $10 million bonus.
Here's a look at what each finishing place offers:
|Points Distribution for Deutsche Bank Championship|
So far this weekend at the TPC Boston, it has been Ryan Palmer taking advantage of the opportunity.
Palmer blew the field out of the water with his opening round on Friday, posting an eight-under round of 63 that included just one bogey. He birdied his final four holes, and nine in all.
As one of the golfers on the outside looking in for the Ryder Cup, Palmer told Stephanie Wei of Fox Sports Asia that he's hungry to prove himself worthy of consideration:
At this point, Palmer might be in line for more than a Ryder Cup appearance if he continues his tear.
He came back down to Earth on Saturday, shooting even par with a round of 71. But it's still enough to hold a share of the lead entering Sunday's third round of action.
But who he shares it with may end up unseating him for much more than this weekend's tournament.
If Jason Day were to win and take the entire 2,500 points, he would be far in the lead in the FedEx Cup. And after shooting a 66 and 68 in each of his first two rounds, he's peaking at the right time.
Australian golf writer Benjamin Everill noted it's about time for Day to win a tourney he's contending in:
Of course, the golfers in line to take a FedEx Cup points lead could change just based off a couple of strokes on Sunday.
Matt Kuchar is one of two golfers just one stroke behind, and he would take a huge FedEx Cup points lead if he were to pull out the victory. Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel and Jordan Spieth are also all in for high finishes, among others.
With the way this playoff system is decided, winning a single tournament alongside other strong finishes can be too much for everyone else to overcome. There are only two left to go after things wrap up at the Deutsche Bank Championship, so the golfers in contention will be aiming to win it all and move closer to the $10 million prize.
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