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The Barclays 2014 (The 1st of 4 events in the FedExCup Playoffs), Paramus, N.J.,  August 21-24, 2014; FedExCup Points: 2,500; Purse: $8,000,000; The Ridgewood Country Club, Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,319 - Third-Round Notes – Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 75 degrees. Winds SE 10 mph.

54-hole cut: Because more than 78 players made the 36-hole cut (79), a 54-hole cut to low-70-and-ties reduced the field to 75 professionals at 1-over 214.

Third-Round Leaderboard

Jason Day 72-64-68—204 (-9)

Jim Furyk 66-69-69—204 (-9) (pictured by Getty Images)

Hunter Mahan 66-71-68—205 (-8)

FedExCup and The Barclays

  • The top 125 players on the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup points list (following the Wyndham Championship) qualified for The Barclays.
  • The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
  • The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to the BMW Championship, contested at Conway Farms GC.
  • Each playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.
  • The top 30 players following the BMW Championship will qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Prior to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
  • Any player in the field at The Barclays can mathematically move inside the top five in the points standings with a runner-up finish or victory.

Jason Day, No. 34 in the FedExCup

Making his seventh-consecutive start at The Barclays, dating to his rookie year of 2008, Jason Day overcame a double-bogey seven at the 13thhole with seven birdies.

At 9-under, Day takes a 54-hole lead/co-lead for the fourth time. Of his previous three, the only one which resulted in victory was the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Day’s previous results at The Barclays: 2013/T25, 2012/T24, 2011/T13, 2010/T5, 2009/T12, 2008/T31.

This week’s Barclays is Day’s 24th start (of a possible 29) in the FedExCup Playoffs. He has collected five top-10 finishes, including back-to-back, top-3 finishes at The Deutsche Bank Championship in 2010 (T2) and 2011 (T3).

Day made it to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2010 (T17), 2011 (T6) and 2013 (T14).

In addition to the 2010 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Day emerged victorious for a second time earlier this year at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in sudden death over Victor Dubisson.

Following his T20 finish at The Masters, Day was sidelined for the better part of three months to undergo surgery to repair a ligament injury to his left thumb.

In round three, Day hit just 50 percent of The Ridgewood Country Club’s 14 fairways and was 11/18 into the greens (61.1 percent). His 24 putts were the fewest of his week (25/R2, 29/R1).

Day is making his 147th start on the PGA TOUR this week.

Jim Furyk, No. 5 in the FedExCup 

In search of his 13th top-10 finish in a FedExCup Playoffs event, and second-straight at The Barclays (T6),

2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk made two birdies and 16 pars in round three.

Now at 85/104, Furyk leads the PGA TOUR in rounds of par-or-better in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Furyk is making his 27th start (of a possible 29) in the FedExCup Playoffs. He missed the 2010 Barclays and 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

This is Furyk’s 19th start at The Barclays, where he has collected five top-10 finishes. He finished second in 1998 and 2005 at Westchester Country Club.

Dating to the final round of the U.S. Open (3-under 67), Furyk has posted sub-par scores in 19 of his last 20 rounds on the PGA TOUR. He shot a 1-over 72 in round three of the PGA Championship.

Entering the week, Furyk’s third-round scoring average has been his highest, at 70.94.

Furyk, a 16-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is looking for his first win since winning the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which also gave him top honors in the race for the FedExCup.

This season, Furyk has captured eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Among them were consecutive runner-up finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship, fourth-place honors at The Open Championship and T5 honors in his last start two weeks ago at the PGA Championship. Furyk also finished solo-second at the RBC Canadian Open at The Royal Montreal Golf Club, an event he won in 2006 and 2007.

Furyk is making his 522nd start on the PGA TOUR, where he has amassed 169 top-10 finishes.

Furyk takes a 54-hole lead/co-lead for the 24th time. Of the previous 23, nine have resulted in victory. Two of those wins came at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, played as a 90-hole event. He is 0/7 with the 54-hole lead since 2012.

Third-Round Leader Statistics

In the 47-year history of The Barclays, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 24 times, the most recent being Steve Stricker in 2007.

A year ago at Liberty National, Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland shared the 54-hole lead at 12-under 201

At The Ridgewood Country Club in 2008, Kevin Streelman led by one stroke at 8-under 205 over four others. In 2010, Martin Laird led by three strokes at 12-under 201 over Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.

So far this year, a third-round leader/co-leader has parlayed that position into victory 20 times in 40 stroke-play events. The most recent to do so was Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship.

Hunter Mahan, No. 62 in the FedExCup

Today’s 3-under 68 is Hunter Mahan’s eighth straight round of par-or-better, dating to the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Not since the beginning of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season has he had a better stretch.

Mahan is making his 10th start in the event this week, with a finish of T20 in 2009 being his best.

Mahan is making his 22nd start of the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Season this week, having collected five top-10 finishes. He is in search of his sixth career PGA TOUR win and first win since the 2012 Shell Houston Open.

Mahan has amassed six top-10 finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs over the years, spanning the last three events.

Mahan’s 9-under 62 at The Ridgewood Country Club in 2008 remains the course record. The tournament record belongs to Brandt Snedeker, who fired a third-round, 10-under 61 at Plainfield Country Club in 2011.

In round three, Mahan found 9/14 fairways in regulation (64.3 percent) and missed just three of The Ridgewood Country Club’s 18 greens (83.3 percent).

Additional Player Notes

Defending Barclays champion Adam Scott struggled in round three, posting a 4-over 75. At 4-under 209, he will begin the final round five strokes back. Last year at Liberty National, Scott began the final round six behind.

In round three, Rory McIlroy made three birdies and two bogeys en route to a 1-under 70. At 4-under 209, he is five strokes off the lead. Before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier this month, McIlroy was three strokes back after 54 holes.

After making the cut on the number, Phil Mickelson struggled in round three with a 4-over 75. In 13 starts (46 rounds) in the event, his only higher score was a 5-over 76 in the final round of 2012 (T38). Mickelson missed Saturday’s 54-hole cut.

Mickelson’s round two and three scores of 72-75 is the second time this year he has posted consecutive, over-par scores in an event. In the first two rounds of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, he opened 74-75. Before this week, the last time Mickelson posted three straight rounds in an event without breaking par was at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, when he closed with three rounds of even-par 71.

The easiest time for a player on a hole in round three belonged to Justin Rose. Rose found himself with a near tap-in for eagle after lacing his tee shot 283 yards to 1’ 9” at the drivable, par-4 fifth hole. Through 54 holes, Rose is 5-under and four strokes back.

The toughest time for a player on a hole in round three belonged to defending FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson who, after hitting two balls out of bounds at No. 4, took a quintuple-bogey nine.

FedExCup Implications

Players ranked between No. 101-125 will need a good finish at The Barclays to move into the top 100 in the standings and move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s how they stand through three rounds:

Rank    Player                          Through 36 holes         FedExCup status

101.      Martin Flores                 Missed 54-hole cut        Eliminated from Playoffs

102.      Aaron Baddeley             Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

103.      Steve Stricker               Not playing (injury)        Eliminated from Playoffs

104.      Bo Van Pelt                  T4                                 Projected 46th

105.      Ricky Barnes                 T61                               Projected 111th

106.      Michael Thompson        Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

107.      Lee Westwood              T68                               Projected 115th

108.      Jhonattan Vegas           T51                               Projected 107th

109.      Stewart Cink                  T23                               Projected 82nd

110.      Andres Romero             T30                               Projected 89th

111.      Troy Merritt                   T51                               Projected 109th

112.      David Toms                  Missed 54-hole cut        Eliminated from Playoffs

113.      Boo Weekley                T44                               Projected 102nd

114.      Tim Wilkinson                Missed 54-hole cut        Eliminated from Playoffs

115.      Justin Leonard              Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

116.      Danny Lee                    T16                               Projected 78th

117.      Brice Garnett                 Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

118.      Paul Casey                   T16                               Projected 81st

119.      Gonzalo Fdez-Castano  T11                               Projected 75th

120.      Sang-Moon Bae            Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

121.      James Hahn                  Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

122.      Bryce Molder                T30                               Projected 99th

123.      Louis Oosthuizen           Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

124.      Morgan Hoffman           T4                                 Projected 56th

125.      Robert Allenby              Missed cut                    Eliminated from Playoffs

The biggest move of the day came from local favorite Morgan Hoffman. Hoffmann came into The Barclays this week ranked No. 124 in FedExCup standings. Following a bogey-free, 5-under 66 in round three to get to seven under, Hoffmann is currently projected to jump to No. 56.

In the history of the FedExCup, here’s a look at how many players have advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship when starting from outside the cut line (top 120 in 2007-08; top 100 from 2009-present): 2013 (5), 2012 (6), 2011 (8), 2010 (6), 2009 (4), 2008 (15) and 2007 (2).

Miscellaneous Notes

Past Barclays champions in this week’s field: Adam Scott/2013 (-4/T23), Nick Watney/2012 (MC), Matt Kuchar/2011 (-7/T4), Vijay Singh/1993, 1995, 2006, 2008 (E/T61), Sergio Garcia/2001, 2004, (-3/T30), Ernie Els/1996, 1997 (-6/T11).

Barclays “Barclays Birdies for the Brave” military fundraising initiative
At Tuesday’s Military Appreciation Day, Tom King, Chief Executive of Barclays’ Investment Bank, announced a special fundraising initiative – Barclays Birdies for the Brave – in which Barclays will donate $1,000 for every birdie made on the par-3 15th hole during the four competition rounds of The Barclays, benefiting Birdies for the Brave®. Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach and appreciation initiative proudly supported by the TOUR, which was created in 2006 by Mickelson. In 2012, the White House named Birdies for the Brave among the top 20 charities that support military families.

The last time The Barclays was played at Ridgewood, PGA TOUR players made a total of 98 birdies over the course of the tournament. On Thursday, 28 birdies were made ($28,000). Friday’s second round produced an additional 30 birdies ($30,000), with 22 coming in round three ($22,000).

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is again driving home health and wellness to golf fans at The Barclays with a challenge to golf pro and Wyckoff native, Morgan Hoffmann, as he plays in this week’s tournament. For every 10,000 steps Hoffmann registers on a pedometer as he walks Ridgewood Country Club, Horizon BCBSNJ will add another $1,000 to a $5,000 donation it is also making to the New Jersey Golf Foundation. In round one, Hoffmann logged 15,987 steps. In round three, his total had reached 50,012.

Bogey-free Rounds

R1: Bo Van Pelt (65), Paul Casey (66), Erik Compton (68), Keegan Bradley (68), David Toms (69), David Hearn (69), Jason Kokrak (70).

R2: Jason Day (64), Rory McIlroy (65), Patrick Reed (66), Gary Woodland (66), Kevin Chappell (67), Graham DeLaet (67).

R3: Morgan Hoffmann (66), Gary Woodland (69), Jim Furyk (69).

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Ridgewood Country Club:

            Front 9             Back 9              Total                Cumulative

R1:       35.066              35.729              70.794              —

R2:       34.884              36.174              71.058              70.926

R3:       35.089              35.785              70.916              70.916

2008 The Barclays scoring average: 71.406

2010 The Barclays scoring average: 70.977

The par-4 11th hole played the toughest in round three, yielding a 4.241 average. The easiest hole was the par-4 16th at 3.734

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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