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Tour Report: Early FedExCup observations

NORTON, Mass. – With the final group having just started their third round Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, here’s a look at some of the early FedExCup developments:

> Points leader Nick Watney shot a 5-under 66 to move inside the top 20 on the leaderboard. He’ll need another low round on Monday if he wants to have any shot at staying No. 1 going into next week’s BMW Championship.


“Probably not going to win this week,” said Watney, who’s at 6 under for the tournament, “but still in line for a decent finish.”

Thanks to his win at The Barclays, Watney knows he’s also in the conversation for a potential captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But he’s not stressing about that.

“It’s out of my control, and from where I was starting the Playoffs, it’s good that I’m even in the conversation, if I am,” Watney said. “I’ve still got a whole ‘nother round tomorrow. Hopefully that goes well, and we’ll sit and wait.”

> Vijay Singh, the 2008 FedExCup champion, did himself a huge favor by shooting a 3-under 68 on Sunday. Singh entered this week ranked 59th in points, and probably won’t have to sweat out staying inside the top 70.

> Sean O’Hair entered this week ranked 74th in points and made the cut on the number with an eagle on his final hole Saturday. He shot a 2-under 69 and is currently projected to 73rd. He may need to go lower on Monday to get inside the top 70.

> Likewise for TOUR rookie Roberto Castro, who entered this week ranked 80th. He also shot a 69 on Sunday and is projected at 76.

> Jason Day came in ranked 88th but his chances of advancing may have disappeared with a quintuple bogey at the par-4 12th hole. Day was a bogey-free 1 under on his round going into the hole but found all kinds of trouble around the green.

Initially he was credited with a quadruple bogey, but the score changed once he reached the scoring trailer. Day did bounce back with three birdies in his last six holes, but he walked off the 18th green three strokes off the pace of getting inside the top 70. Less than an hour later, his deficit grew to five strokes.

> J.J. Henry entered ranked 73rd in points. He managed two birdies in his last four holes and now is just 2 strokes off the pace of getting inside the top 70.

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