The Barclays 2016 Round 3 Notes

    Jason Day : Photo Credit ISN Photographer Dennis Schneidler
    Third-Round Notes – Saturday, August 27, 2016
    Saturday weather: Sunny with a high in the mid-80s. Light NNE winds shifting to SSE at 10 mph in the afternoon.
    Third-Round Leaders
    Rickie Fowler                            67-69-68—204 (-9)
    Patrick Reed                             66-68-71—205 (-8)
    Adam Scott                              69-72-65—206 (-7)
    Martin Laird                               66-72-69—207 (-6)
    Emiliano Grillo                           67-69-71—207 (-6)
    FedExCup and The Barclays notes
    • Projected Points needed to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship: 633
    • This week marks the 50th playing of The Barclays and the 10th in the FedExCup era.
    • Each Playoffs event offers 2,000 FedExCup points to the winner.
    • The only player to win The Barclays and FedExCup title in the same season was Vijay Singh in 2008
    • The top-100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
    Players projected to move into the top 100 (thru 54 holes)
    Sean O’Hair
    Blayne Barber
    John Huh
    Keegan Bradley
    Players projected to move out of the top 100 (thru 54 holes)
    Jonas Blixt
    Shane Lowry
    Johnson Wagner
    Peter Malnati
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Rickie Fowler (No. 28 in FedExCup)
    Rickie Fowler went bogey-free for the second consecutive round, posting three birdies for a 3-under 68 in the third round. Fowler has now gone 45 consecutive holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black. His lone bogey of the tournament came at the ninth hole in round one when he missed a 3 foot, 6 inch putt for par after finding a greenside bunker.
    This is the fourth time Fowler has held the 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. A win tomorrowwould mark the first time Fowler would carry a 54-hole lead on to victory. At the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in 2010 Fowler finished second after holding the solo third-round lead. He was T13 after holding a share of the lead at the 2011 Quicken Loans National. This year, Fowler finished T4 after holding the solo lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Should Fowler go on to victory at The Barclays, he would do so in his 173rd PGA TOUR start at the age of 27 years, 8 months and 15 days.
    Fowler is in search of his fourth career PGA TOUR win and first since last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. He has collected seven top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season, four of which were top-5 showings. He lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
    Fowler won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour earlier this year.
    Fowler is making his seventh start in The Barclays this week and is coming off a missed cut last year. He has two top-10 finishes in the event, a pair of T9s, in 2013 and 2014.
    Fowler will play with Patrick Reed in the final round of The Barclays on Sunday. The pair represented the united States, along with Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, at the Olympic Games in Rio two weeks ago. Kuchar won the bronze medal.
    Fowler is No. 12 in USA Ryder Cup points. The Barclays is the last week for American players to earn points and qualify for the Ryder Cup team to be led by Captain Davis Love III at Hazeltine next month.
    Fowler’s Strokes Gained Through 54 Holes:
    Off the Tee: 1.044 (8)
    Approach the Green: 3.023 (23)
    Around the Green: 1.060 (18)
    Putting: -0.001 (7)
    Total: 5.126 (1)
    Rory Mcllroy Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Rory Mcllroy Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Third-Round Lead Notes
    When The Barclays was last contested at Bethpage Black in 2012, Sergio Garcia led Nick Watney by two strokes at 10-under 203 through 54 holes. Watney emerged victorious by three strokes at 10-under 274 over Brandt Snedeker.
    In the 49-year history of The Barclays, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 25 times (most recently Jason Day in 2015). In 1998 and 2011 The Barclays was reduced to 54 holes due to weather.
    Nineteen out of 39 third-round leaders or co-leaders have converted for the victory this season, most recently at last week’s Wyndham Championship (Si Woo Kim).
    While holding the 54-hole lead – a feat commonly called “sleeping on the lead” – Rickie Fowler will receive a new TEMPUR-Breeze bed from Tempur-Pedic, Official Mattress of the PGA TOUR if he goes on to win The Barclays. One fan who has entered the Sleeping on the Lead Sweepstakes and one military member from the PGA TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave® program will also each take home a new TEMPUR-Breeze bed if Fowler wins. This program will run from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational until the TOUR Championship.
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Patrick Reed (No. 7 in FedExCup)
    Patrick Reed offset three birdies with three bogeys on the front side before settling down to come home with nine pars on the back for an even-par 71 in the third round.
    At No. 7 in the FedExCup standings, Patrick Reed is the highest ranked player without a win this season.
    Reed is making his fourth start in The Barclays this week, with a T9 in 2014 his best showing. He is making his 12th start in a FedExCup Playoffs event. His only other top-10 finish among those starts was a T4 at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.
    Reed is making his 25th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season this week, having recorded nine top-10 finishes. He claimed runner-up finishes at the Tournament of Champions and Valero Texas Open. By comparison, Dustin Johnson leads the PGA TOUR with the most top-10 finishes this season (12).
    The only player to win The Barclays and FedExCup title in the same season was Vijay Singh in 2008.
    Adam Scott (No. 3 in FedExCup)
    Adam Scott got off to a quick start in the third round of The Barclays, holing a 95-yard pitch for an eagle at the par-4 opening hole before adding a birdie at No. 2. He bounced back from a bogey at No. 3 with five additional birdies before finding a greenside bunker at No. 16, leading to a dropped shot. He parred the final two holes for a 6-under 65, his lowest score since a second-round 65 at The PLAYERS Championship in May.
    The opening-hole eagle for Scott was his 11th eagle this season. He ranks 7th in Eagles (Holes per) for the season. Scott has not ranked in the top-10 in this category the last five years.
    Putting was the difference for Scott in round three. He’s taken 31, 32 and 27 putts in rounds one, two and three, respectively. After making almost 89 feet of putts over the first two rounds (30’9” in R1, 58’0” in R2), Scott totaled 150’8” of putts in the third round.
    Scott is making his 10th appearance at The Barclays after winning this event in 2013 at Liberty National, his only FedExCup Playoffs victory in 29 starts. Scott’s only other top-10 finish at The Barclays was a T9 in 2010. He missed the cut at this event last season and failed to advance any further in the FedExCup Playoffs. Scott trailed leader Jason Day by 672 points in the FedExCup standings entering the FedExCup Playoffs. He is looking to advance to the TOUR Championship for the seventh time in his career.
    Scott opened the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season with a runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic and added a T2 at the Northern Trust Open before winning in back-to-back weeks at The Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship to claim his 12th and 13th TOUR titles.
    Following his win in Doral, Scott claimed the lead on the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career and held on to it for nine weeks until countryman Jason Day overtook him.
    Since the WGC-Cadillac Championship victory, Scott has recorded just one top-10 finish in 10 starts, a T10 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
    Since the Masters in April, when he shot a third-round 75, Scott did not break par in any third round for seven consecutive starts. He snapped that streak with a 1-under 69 at the PGA Championship in his last start before his 6-under 65 today at The Barclays.
    Scott will team with Jason Day to defend their World Cup of Golf title in Australia in November.
    Martin Laird (No. 89 in FedExCup)
    Martin Laird hit 16 of 18 greens while making four birdies and two bogeys to shoot 2-under 69 in the third round at The Barclays.
    Laird is making his seventh appearance at The Barclays. He was T7 in his debut in this event in 2008 and lost a playoff to Matt Kuchar at The Ridgewood CC in 2010. Last year, he missed the cut at The Barclays.
    This is Laird’s 18th start in the four FedExCup Playoff events. Only one of those starts has come at the TOUR Championship, when he finished 30th in 2010.
    Laird is seeking his fourth PGA TOUR title. His first win was the 2009 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In 2011, he claimed the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. His most recent win was the Valero Texas Open in 2013. Laird also owns one title on the Tour.
    Laird has three top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for second at the RBC Canadian Open last month. Laird was also T8 at the Farmers Insurance Open and T7 at the Barracuda Championship, which uses the Stableford scoring format.
    Emiliano Grillo (No. 32 in FedExCup)
    PGA TOUR rookie Emiliano Grillo was steady with nine pars on the front nine but offset two bogeys with two birdies on the back for an even-par 71 in the third round.
    At No. 32 in the FedExCup standings, Grillo, from Argentina, is making progress towards a berth into the 30-man field at the TOUR Championship.
    Daniel Berger was the only rookie to advance to East Lake last season, finishing 11th on the FedExCup standings to solidify PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. Here’s a look at rookies who have qualified for the TOUR Championship since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007:
    Daniel Berger
    Jordan Spieth
    John Huh
    Keegan Bradley
    Marc Leishman
    Andres Romero
    Brandt Snedeker
    Last year, nine rookies qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Here’s a look at the rookies in this year’s The Barclays field and their 54-hole standing:
                                                 Thru 54
                                                Proj. FEC Thru 54 
    Smylie Kaufman
    Emiliano Grillo
    Patton Kizzire
    Harold Varner III
    Brett Stegmaier
    Michael Kim
    With a win this week, Grillo would become the first player to win more than once in his rookie season since Keegan Bradley won the 2011 AT&T Byron Nelson and PGA Championship.
    Two players have won in their first appearance at The Barclays: Jack Renner (1979) and Vijay Singh (1993).
    Rory Mcllroy Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Rory Mcllroy Photo credit ISN photographer Dennis, Schneidler
    Miscellaneous The Barclays notes
    • There are 63 players in this week’s The Barclays field who also competed in the 2012 event at Bethpage.
    • This week’s field of 120 is missing five players: No. 20 Sergio Garcia, No. 75 Danny Willett and No. 87 Shane Lowry, who didn’t commit. Anirban Lahiri withdrew Monday with a shoulder injury and Alex Cejka withdrew with a pinched nerve on Tuesday.
    • The tournament record for 18 holes at Bethpage Black is 64, posted by Padraig Harrington in the first round of 2012.
    • Jason Day is the defending champion of The Barclays, and Nick Watney won The Barclays the last time it was held at Bethpage Black (2012).
    Additional Player Notes
    Justin Thomas, No. 10 in the FedExCup standings entering this week, recorded seven birdies in a third-round 66 that moved him from T39 to T6. His only blemish was a flubbed pitch at No. 5 but he recovered to get up and down for double bogey. Thomas required just 22 putts in the third round, compared with 32 putts each of the first two rounds. Thomas shot a final-round 62 at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago to finish T3, one of five top-three finishes this season (Won/CIMB Classic, T3/ Open, T3/The Honda Classic, T3/THE PLAYERS, T3/Travelers Championship). The 23-year-old Kentucky native is 25th in USA Ryder Cup points.
    Defending The Barclays champion and FedExCup No. 1 Jason Day recorded a 1-under 70 in the third round to lie T6 and four back. Day is making his ninth start in The Barclays this week. In addition to his win in 2015, he finished inside the top 10 in 2014 (T2) and 2010 (T5). When the event was last contested at Bethpage in 2012, he finished T24. Through 36 holes that year, Day was 2-under 140, before a third-round, 6-over 77 erased any run at victory.
    Kevin Streelman, No. 73 in the FedExCup standings, fired a 4-under 67 to move to T6 through 54 holes. Streelman, who has two top-10s this year (3/Farmers Insurance Open, T8/the Memorial Tournament), came into The Barclays off three consecutive missed cuts in his last three starts.
    Dustin Johnson, No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, is the player with the most top-10 finishes this season (12) and is in good position to post another top-10 this week following a 4-under 67 to move to T10. He has 22 top-10 finishes in his last 38 PGA TOUR starts, a T2 at the RBC Canadian Open last month his most recent. This is Johnson’s eighth appearance at The Barclays, an event he won in 2011. He has three additional top-10 finishes to go with his 2011 victory (T3/2012, T9/2015, T9/2010).
    Reigning FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth lies T16. Spieth is seeking to become the first player to successfully defend the FedExCup. Last year, Spieth missed the cut in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events, The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, before winning the TOUR Championship on his way to claiming the FedExCup title.
    South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Australia’s Adam Scott are the only players to eagle the par-4 opening hole so far this week. Scott (65) holed a 95-yard pitch, while Schwartzel (67) holed out from 110 yards.
    Billy Horschel, winner of the 2014 FedExCup trophy, played in the third round of The Barclays for the first time after missing the cut in his first three attempts. Horschel posted four birdies in five holes on the front nine but recorded three bogeys on the back to shoot 1-under 70 and lie T22.
    Miscellaneous Notes
    Eight players have made The Barclays their first PGA TOUR win: Andy North (1977), Jack Renner (1979), Wayne Grady (1989), Vijay Singh (1993), JP Hayes (1998), Dennis Paulson (2000), Chris Smith (2002) and Jonathan Kaye (2003).
    Bogey-free Rounds
    R1: Patrick Reed (66), Martin Laird (66)
    R2: Rickie Fowler (69), Patton Kizzire (69), Jamie Lovemark (66)
    R3: Rickie Fowler (68), Tony Finau (67)
    Scoring Averages at the par-71 Bethpage Black:
                Front 9             Back 9              Total                Cumulative
    R1:       35.635              36.496              70.882
    R2:       35.803              35.761              71.564              71.845
    R3:       35.987              35.785              71.772              71.829
    In 2012, the cumulative scoring average for the week at Bethpage was 71.72.