FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Saturday’s third round of The Barclays, the opening event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is now in the books. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.
NO. 1 WATCH: Sergio Garcia takes a two-shot lead going into the final round. He entered this week ranked 33rd in FedExCup points after his win at the Wyndham Championship and is projected to move into the No. 1 spot if he wins on Sunday. Tiger Woods entered this week as the top player in points.
FIVE BIGGEST MOVERS: The biggest projected moves based on the 54-hole leaderboard:
|Player||Scoreboard position||Official FEC rank||Projected FEC rank||Movement|
BUBBLE WATCH: Roberto Castro, who started the week as the FedExCup bubble boy at No. 100 in the final Regular Season standings, kept his scorecard clean Saturday. Castro had 16 pars and two birdies adding up to a 69. On a tough day for scoring, that pushed him 35 spots up the leaderboard to 27th. He now projects to move up to No. 79 in the FedExCup standings.
Currently on the FedExCup bubble is John Mallinger, who missed the cut at Bethpage Black and projects to drop from 88th to 100th in the FedExCup standings. Six players — Gary Christian, Troy Kelly, Billy Mayfair, Fredrik Jacobson, Brian Gay and Trevor Immelman — need to make up just one or two shots Sunday to potentially take Mallinger’s tee time in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 100 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 100 who are projected to move inside and the players who are projected to fall outside the top 100. (Last year, eight players from outside the top 100 entering The Barclays moved into the top 100 after the tournament). * – Missed cut
|Moving in||Movement||Falling out||Movement|
|Bob Estes||103 to 33||*Will Claxton||89 to 102|
|David Hearn||108 to 77||*Chad Campbell||91 to 103|
|Jonas Blixt||101 to 85||*Andres Romero||93 to 106|
|Tommy Gainey||102 to 87||Fredrik Jacobson||95 to 107|
|Graham DeLaet||106 to 98||*Chris Stroud||99 to 109|
ODDS AND ENDS: Kevin Stadler put himself in great position to make a long run in the FedExCup Playoffs by shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Saturday. That was the low round of the day by two strokes. He now stands in solo third going into Sunday’s final round and projects to move to 16th in the FedExCup standings. Stadler has secured his spot in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s only reached the second leg of the Playoffs just one time (2009) when he finished 95th in the FedExCup standings. He entered this week ranked 70th. …
Gary Christian was projected to move from 111th to 54th in standings after the second round when he was tied for seventh on the leaderboard. But the PGA TOUR rookie shot a 6-over 77 and fell to a tie for 43rd. He now projects at 101st, which would eliminate him from the Playoffs …
Fredrik Jacobson shot a 79 on Saturday and now projects out of the top 100. He’s the only player of the five players who currently project outside the top 100 who is still playing … Meanwhile, David Hearn shot a 67 and now projects inside the top 100.
ELIMINATED PLAYERS: Nine players were eliminated from the FedExCup Players on Friday after the second round of The Barclays. Click here for the list
- Deutsche Bank Championship
- The Barclays
- Kevin Stadler
- Fredrik Jacobson