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2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (The 4th of 4 events in the FedExCup Playoffs), Atlanta, GA September 11-14, 2014 FedExCup Points: 2,500 Purse: $8,000,000; East Lake Golf Club Par/Yards: 35-35—70/7,307 – Third-Round Notes – Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weather: Warm and cloudy, temperatures in the mid to high 80s. Winds NW 7-14.

Third-Round Leaderboard

Billy Horschel 66-66-69=201 (-9)
Rory McIlroy 69-65-67=201 (-9)
Jim Furyk 67-69-67=203 (-7)
Rickie Fowler 69-68-67=204 (-6)
Justin Rose 72-66-66=204 (-6)
Jason Day 67-67-70=204 (-6)

Chris Kirk – Tied with two others at 5-under-par

The 29-player TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is the culmination of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season and the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs. The road to the TOUR Championship began with the top 125 players qualifying for The Barclays (won by Hunter Mahan), followed by the top 100 players at the Deutsche Bank Championship (won by Chris Kirk) and the top 70 players at the BMW Championship (won by Billy Horschel). A points reset took place following the BMW Championship giving all 29 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup.

The top-five players in the FedExCup standings entering the TOUR Championship control their own destiny and will win the FedExCup title should they go on to victory at East Lake.

FEC Name Scores Position FedExCup Projection

1 Chris Kirk 66-68-71 T7 3
2 Billy Horschel 66-66-69 T1 T1
3 Bubba Watson 67-73-67 11 4
4 Rory McIlroy 69-65-67 T1 T1
5 Hunter Mahan 74-72-71 T25 6

This is the first time in the history of the FedExCup format that the final pairing during the final round consists of two players who are both inside the top 5 in the standings.

Billy Horschel – No. 2 in the FedExCup, 66-66-69=201 (-9)

After opening the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with consecutive rounds of 4-under-par 66, Billy Horschel carded a 1-under-par 69 and is tied for the 54-hold lead with Rory McIlroy. This is the third time that Horschel has held or shared a 54-lead in his PGA TOUR career. Last week, Horschel held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round and went on to win by two strokes.

Event Finish

2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola TBD
2014 BMW Championship 1st
2013 Valero Texas Open T3

To win the FedExCup – No. 2 Billy Horschel (Currently T1; projected No. 1)

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup
• If Jim Furyk wins the TOUR Championship, Horschel can win the FedExCup by finishing solo second
• If Rickie Fowler wins the TOUR Championship, Horschel can win the FedExCup by finishing in a 3-way tie
for 2nd
• If Jason Day wins the TOUR Championship, Horschel can with the FedExCup by finishing T3
• If Justin Rose with the TOUR Championship, Horschel can win the FedExCup by finishing T6
• If Chris Kirk or Rory McIlroy wins the TOUR Championship, Horschel can’t win the FedExCup

Before the start of the 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Joe Durant held the best scoring average (68.50) in tournament history for players with eight or more career rounds at the event. Through his first seven rounds at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Billy Horschel’s scoring average is 67.85.

R1 at a glance: 6 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, 30 putts.
R2 at a glance: 8 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens, 3 of 3 sand saves, 24 putts.
R3 at a glance: 5 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 0 of 1 sand saves, 33 putts.

At 27 years, 9 months, 7 days old, a win this week would make Horschel the fifth-youngest winner in the TOUR Championship’s 28-year history and the youngest FedExCup champion in history.

Horschel edged Bubba Watson by two strokes to win last week’s BMW Championship, his second PGA TOUR victory (2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans). He is seeking to join Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009) as the only players to win the BMW Championship and the FedExCup in the same season.

Horschel’s win last week was his third top-10 finish in seven FedExCup Playoffs starts. Here are the others: 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship (T2), 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T7).

Horschel’s FedExCup Playoffs at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 170
2012 143
2013 16 6 CUT (17) T70 (22) T18 (22) T7 (16)
2014 69 CUT (82) T2 (20) 1 (2)

Rory McIlroy – No. 4 in the FedExCup, 69-65-67=201 (-9)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 3-under-par 67 to move into a tie for 1st with Billy Horschel after 54 holes. Sunday will mark the 8th time that Rory has led or shared the lead going into the final round of a PGA TOUR event. He has gone on to win five of the last seven in which he led through 54 holes.

This is the first time that McIlroy has shared the lead going into the final round of a PGA TOUR event. In the other seven instances, he has held the outright lead.

To win the FedExCup – No. 4 Rory McIlroy (Currently T1; projected No. T1)

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup
• If Rickie Fowler wins the TOUR Championship and Chris Kirk finishes 4th or worse, McIlory would tie
Fowler for the FedExCup with a solo 2nd in the TOUR Championship, resulting in a playoff for the
FedExCup
• If Justin Rose wins the TOUR Championship, McIlroy can win the FedExCup by finishing 3rd
• If Jason Day wins the TOUR Championship, McIlroy can win the FedExCup by finishing solo second
• If Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel or Jim Furyk wins the TOUR Championship, McIlroy can’t win the FedExCup

McIlroy was No. 35 in the FedExCup standings after the U.S. Open, and has since rocketed up the list with his three consecutive wins: to No. 11 after The Open Championship; to No. 3 after the Bridgestone Invitational; and to No. 1 after the PGA Championship. He has been steady in the FedExCup Playoffs with a T22 at The Barclays, a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and a T8 at the BMW Championship, his 11th top-10 finish of the season.

At the age of 25 years, 4 months, 10 days, McIlroy would be the youngest FedExCup champion in history and the youngest TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola winner in the FedExCup era (second overall to Tiger Woods at 23 years, 10 months, 1 day, 1999 at Champions GC).

McIlroy would join Tiger Woods as the only players to win a major championship and the FedExCup title in the same season. Woods did so in 2007 when he won the PGA Championship and the FedExCup. McIlroy’s best finish in the FedExCup came in 2012 when he won two Playoff events and was just edged by Brandt Snedeker for the FedExCup title.

R1 at a glance: 5 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens, 1 of 2 sand saves, 28 putts.
R2 at a glance: 9 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens, 1 of 1 sand saves, 27 putts.
R3 at a glance: 9 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens, 2 of 2 sand saves, 28 putts.
McIlroy’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2010 36 21 T56 (28) T37 (29) T37 (36)
2012 2 3 T24 (4) 1 (1) 1 (1) T10 (2)
2013 50 49 T19 (3) T47 (41) T59 (50)
2014 1 T22 (2) T5 (2) T8 (4)

Jim Furyk – No. 7 in the FedExCup, 67-69-67=201 (-7)

Jim Furyk shot a third-round 67 to move to solo 3rd following 54 holes and two shots behind Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel.

Furyk is the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory this season. Furyk finished in the top 10 in half of his starts in the 2013-2014 seasn (10 of 20), including three runner-up finishes, without missing a single cut. Furyk’s last victory was the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, when he also claimed the FedExCup. He is one of three past tournament champions (Adam Scott, Bill Haas) and two past FedExCup champions in the field (Haas). In six previous starts at the TOUR Championship during the FedExCup era, he owns four top-10 finishes and has never finished lower than T14.

Furyk is trying to join Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only two-time winner of the FedExCup and only Woods and Phil Mickelson as a two-time winner of the TOUR Championship.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 11 3 T25 (7) T55 (7) T14 (8) T11 (11)
2008 5 15 T12 (10) T7 (5) T3 (4) T6 (5)
2009 4 16 T15 (18) T8 (18) T2 (3) T7 (4)
2010 1 3 DQ (8) T37 (11) T15 (11) 1 (1)
2011 36 60 T52 (60) 6 (35) T22 (36)
2012 15 17 CUT (25) T13 (17) 9 (18) 7 (15)
2013 14 23 T6 (14) T27 (15) 3 (11) T14 (14)
2014 5 8 (6) T23 (8) T4 (7)

To win the FedExCup – No. 7 Jim Furyk (Currently third; projected No. 5)

• Must win the TOUR Championship AND
• Chris Kirk (No. 1) must finish in a three-way tie for 2nd or worse (currently T7)
• Billy Horschel (No. 2) must finish T2 or worse (currently T1)

Making his 16th start at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (trailing only Phil Mickelson’s 17), Jim Furyk posted a 67 (-3), his 96th par-or-better round in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, with Phil Mickelson next on the list with 82. A win this week would make Furyk the oldest in the 28-year history of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (44 years, 4 months, 2 days old; current record is Mark McCumber in 1994 at 43 years, 1 month, 23 days old). He would be the second-oldest player to win the FedExCup (Vijay Singh, 45 years, 7 months and 16 days old, 2008).

Furyk owns the most top-10 finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs. Of the top five players with the most top 10s in the Playoffs, he is the only one who advanced to this year’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Name Top 10s

Jim Furyk 14
Steve Stricker 13
Camilo Villegas 10
Phil Mickelson 10
Tiger Woods 10

Most rounds in the 60s in the Playoffs: 2007 200809 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total

Name Sub-70s
Jim Furyk 63
Steve Stricker 62
Adam Scott 61

Most rounds at par or better in the Playoffs: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total

Name Par-or-Better

Jim Furyk 96
Phil Mickelson 82
Steve Stricker 80

Jason Day – No. 10 in the FedExCup, 67-67-70=204 (-6)

Jason Day shot an even-par 70 and is three shots off the lead through 54 holes. At No. 10 in the FedExCup standings, Day needs a win this week and some help from several others in the field in order to win the FedExCup.

To win the FedExCup – No. 10 Jason Day (Currently T4; projected No. 10)

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND
• Chris Kirk must finish fifth or worse (currently T7)
• Billy Horschel must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse (currently in first place)
• Rory McIlroy must finish T2 or worse (currently T1)

Day’s best finish in the TOUR Championship came in 2011 when he finished T6 and posted a career-best 12th-place finish in the FedExCup overall.

Making his 151st PGA TOUR start, Day is seeking his third victory (2010 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, 2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship). He would be the second Australian to win the TOUR Championship (Adam Scott, 2006) and seventh international player. A win this week would make him the sixth-youngest winner in the TOUR Championship’s 28-year history and, should he go on to also win the FedExCup, he would be the youngest FedExCup champion in history.

Last week, Day withdrew during the second round of the BMW Championship with a back injury. This week, his caddie Colin Swatton walked in after six holes on Thursday due to his own back issues. Day’s mental coach Jason Goldsmith took over for Day’s 67 (-3) in round one and has been on his bag the remainder of the tournament.

R1 at a glance: 7 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens, 4 of 4 sand saves, 27 putts.
R2 at a glance: 5 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens, 1 of 1 sand saves, 25 putts.
R3 at a glance: 5 of 14 fariways, 10 of 18 greens, 1 of 1 sand saves, 27 putts.

Day’s FedExCup Playoffs history at a glance

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 83 127 T31 (96) T50 (83)
2009 48 67 T12 (46) T19 (37) T59 (48)
2010 8 28 T5 (14) T2 (4) T54 (6) T17 (8)
2011 12 14 T13 (15) T3 (6) T49 (10) T6 (12)
2012 87 113 T24 (88) T51 (87)
2013 17 14 T25 (16) T13 (12) T4 (14) T14 (17)
2014 34 T2 (7) T7 (7) WD (10)

Rickie Fowler – No. 9 in the FedExCup, 69-68-67=204 (-6)

Rickie Fowler is three shots off the lead after a round-3 67. Fowler has a career-best 9 top-10 finishes this year including two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes. He joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players in modern golf history to finish within the top five in all four majors championships: he finished as a runner-up at both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship; T3 at the PGA Championship; and T5 at the Masters Tournament. In all, he’s enjoyed nine top-10 finishes in 25 starts this year, including five in a row from June through August. He has two top-10 finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs thus far (T9 at The Barclays and T4 at the BMW Championship), helping him to a career-high rank heading to East Lake.

To win the FedExCup – No. 9 Rickie Fowler (Currently T4; projected No. 8) • Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Chris Kirk (No. 1) must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse (currently T7)
• Billy Horschel (No. 2) must finish third or worse (currently T1)
• Bubba Watson (No. 3) must finish T2 or worse (currently 11th)
• Rory McIlroy (No. 4) must finish second or worse* (currently T1)

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2010 32 19 T36 (22) T41 (25) T45 (32)
2011 43 28 T52 (31) T52 (37) 48 (43)
2012 28 18 T24 (19) T74 (24) T41 (27) T23 (28)
2013 7 42 T9 (23) CUT (36) T39 (38)
2014 16 T9 (11) T23 (10) T4 (9)

Chris Kirk – No. 1 in the FedExCup, 66-68-71=205 (-5)

Chris Kirk shot a 1-over-par 71 and moved back in the standings to T7, four shots off the lead.

To win the FedExCup – No. 1 Chris Kirk (Currently T7; projected No. 3)

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup
• If Rory McIlroy or Billy Horschel win the TOUR Championship they win the FedExCup
• If Jim Furyk wins the TOUR Championship, Kirk can win the FedExCup with a two-way tie for 2nd
• If Rickie Fowler wins the TOUR Championship, Kirk can win the FedExCup with a two-way tie for 3rd
• If Justin Rose wins the TOUR Championship, Kirk can win the FedExCup with a 21st
• If Jason Day wins the TOUR Championship, Kirk can win the FedExCup with a three-way tie for fourth
• If Billy Horschel or Rory McIlroy wins the TOUR Championship, Kirk can’t win the FedExCup
Kirk has 25 made cuts in 27 starts this season, with wins at The McGladrey Classic and Deutsche Bank Championship.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 42 33 Cut (41) T31 (43) T31(42)
2012 49 80 T46 (81) T35 (66) T12 (49)
2013 34 31 Cut (47) T17 (37) T24 (34)
2014 10 T53 (17) 1 (1) T36 (1)

Third-Round Leader Statistics

The third-round leader/co-leader has won 13 of 27 times at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The last was Henrik Stenson in 2013 (wire-to-wire winner).

Miscellaneous Notes

This is the youngest field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in FedExCup history, with an average age of 31; 15 players in the field are in their 20s. The youngest winner of the FedExCup is Bill Haas in 2011 at the age of 29 years, 4 months and 1 day. The youngest winner of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is Tiger Woods in 1999 at 23 years, 10 months and 1 day.

Here’s a look at the top 9 on the leaderboard with ages:

Billy Horschel 27 years, 9 months, 7 days
Rory McIlroy 25 years, 4 months, 10 days
Jim Furyk 44 years, 4 months, 2 days
Rickie Fowler 25 years, 9 months, 1 day
Justin Rose 34 years, 1 month, 15 days
Jason Day 26 years, 10 months, 2 days
Russell Henley 25 years, 5 months, 2 days
Ryan Palmer 37 years, 11 months, 29 days
Chris Kirk 29 years, 4 months, 6 days

Earlier this week, Brendon Todd and Danny Shoy (president of the East Lake Foundation) toured the new Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy. During the visit, Todd pledged to donate $500 to the East Lake Foundation for each birdie he makes at this week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Todd has posted seven birdies through two rounds ($3,500).Nine players are making their first-ever trip to the FedExCup finale this week: Chris Kirk (T7), Cameron Tringale (T14), Russell Henley (T7), Patrick Reed (T21), Martin Kaymer (T21), Jimmy Walker (T16), Hideki Matsuyama (19), Morgan Hoffmann (T23), Brendon Todd (T25).

Moved into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola following the BMW Championship:

FEC Rank Player TOUR Champ R1-2 Projected FEC Rank

No. 21 Morgan Hoffmann 70-73-73 (T23) No. 24
No. 23 Ryan Palmer 69-67-69 (T7) No. 15

Past FedExCup Champions Remaining in 2014 FedExCup Playoffs:

Player Year Won Current FEC/projected TOUR Champ R1-R3

Jim Furyk 2010 No. 8/No. 5 67-69-67 (3rd )
Bill Haas 2011 No. 17/No. 19 68-71-73 (18)

There have been eight wins on the PGA TOUR this season by a player hailing from the University of Georgia; Chris Kirk (2), Bubba Watson (2), Russell Henley, Harris English, Brendon Todd and Brian Harman. In addition, Georgia Tech has produced two winners (Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley), while Augusta State produced two-time winner Patrick Reed (Reed also attended the University of Georgia prior to transferring to Augusta State).

Scoring Averages for the par-70 East Lake Golf Club:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative

Thursday 35.000 34.828 69.828 —
Friday 35.172 35.241 70.414 70.121
Saturday 35.138 35.138 70.276 70.172

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 – Chris Kirk (66), Billy Horschel (66)
R2 – Kevin Na (66)
R3 – Gary Woodland (63)

Source: PGA Tour

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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