Ryan's Top 125: Playoffs

Ryan's Top 125: Playoffs
Brooks Koepka (pictured) is poised for a deep run in the FedExCup Playoffs. O ranks all 125 qualifiers in his last Top 125 of 2014-15.
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Jason Dufner conjured up a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of The Barclays for a three-day total of 7-under 203, four adrift of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Dufner began his round at 6-under (T2) and one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing two groups ahead of the final pairing, Dufner opened with a two-putt par at the first before squaring a double bogey-6 at the second after missing the green in regulation and then three-putting from 35'6". He bounced back with birdies at Nos. 3 (from 14'2") and 4 (5'6") and added a nine-footer at the par-3 sixth. The 38-year-old missed his last three GIR on his outward half, but saved par each time to turn 1-under. He converted his last birdie at the 10th from 16'3" prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 13th, just his third bogey of the week, T1 in the field in that category thru 54 holes. Dufner entered the Playoffs ranked 103rd in the FedExCup standings and projects 57th with 18 holes remaining.
Aug 29 - 7:42 PM

Henrik Stenson awoke to post a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of The Barclays for a 54-hole tally of 9-under 201, two back of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Stenson began Saturday's play in four-way tie for second at 6-under, one swing adrift of playing partner Bubba Watson. He tied the lead with birdie at the opener from 5'5" but immediately gave the shot back by three-putting the par-4 second from 34'9". The Swede went into stall-mode, concluding his outward half with seven consecutive pars. His only other legit scoring chance prior to the break was from 7'3" at the par-3 third. After a two-putt par at the 10th, Stenson carded back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, both from inside seven feet, to get back into the fight. The 39-year-old added one more circle at the par-4 17th, from 24'6" for his final total. He missed three good chances to improve his number at Nos. 13, 16 and 18, all from inside nine feet, but couldn't convert. Thru 54 holes, Stenson is second in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but 35th in strokes gained: putting after today's -1.782 effort.
Aug 29 - 7:20 PM

Zach Johnson signed for a 3-under-par 31-36=67 after today's third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Johnson began the Saturday festivities in a four-way tie for second at 6-under, one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing in the penultimate pairing with PGA TOUR rookie Tony Finau, Johnson played 17 holes in bogey-free, 4-under, before squaring bogey at the par-4 finisher, his first dropped shot in 44 holes dating back to the ninth hole in the first round. His three bogeys thru 54 holes is tied first in that category and his 12 birdies is T26, so there's more than one way to tame Plainfield Country Club. Early in the round. ZJ tied the lead at 7-under with birdie at the third from 12'4" and kept pace with circles at Nos. 6 (4'1") and 9 (9'10"), respectively. He briefly joined the lead at 10-under with a 29-footer at the par-3 11th, but played his last seven holes in a birdie-less, 1-over to slightly fall off the pace. The 39-year-old landed 15 greens in regulation but registered a -0.197 in strokes gained: putting.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM

Spencer Levin tacked on a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club for a 54-hole aggregate of 7-under 203, four off the pace of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

At No. 412 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Levin is the lowest-ranked player in the field this week in Edison, New Jersey. Fortunately, the Playoffs are about FedExCup points, and the 31-year-old secured his spot in the postseason with a final-round, 7-under 63 at last week's Wyndham to post T18, and entered the week 115th in the standings. On his round, Levin circled five birdies against two bogeys to move up one spot on the leaderboard and jump to a projected 65th in FEC points. The 31-year-old landed 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, registering a -0.004 in strokes gained: putting. Come Sunday, he'll be looking for his second top 10 of the season (T10, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) in his 30th start. He's yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 173 prior starts as a pro.
Aug 29 - 6:50 PM

Dicky Pride spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open to take a four-stroke lead with 18 holes to play at 16-under 197.

Pride's lap around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course featured five birdies and 13 pars. While the ball-striking only produced seven of 13 fairways and 12 GIR, he rolled the rock to a 1.583 putting average and ranks third in the field in putting. The veteran entered the week ranked 40th on the Web.com Tour's money list, but would easily vault well inside of the top 25 to earn a PGA TOUR card with a win on Sunday.
Aug 29 - 6:30 PM

Overnight leader Bubba Watson carved out a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in today's third round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club for a 54-hole tally of 10-under 200, one swing back of Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Watson began his loop with a one-stroke advantage over a trio of players, none named Day or Bae. Playing in the final pairing with Henrik Stenson, Watson landed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, converting on just four for 1.733 putts per GIR and a -0.882 in strokes gained: putting. His four circles came two-per-side at Nos. 3, 6, 12 and 15. His lone blemish came at the par-4 seventh after missing the green. All four of his circles were from inside 10 feet, with a long of 9'3" at the par-3 third. He had two other legit scoring chances from similar distances at the fourth and 16th holes, respectively, but didn't convert. The 36-year-old is one of five players with multiple victories this year on TOUR (WGC-HSBC Champions, Travelers Championship), joined by Jordan Spieth (4), Jason Day (3), Jimmy Walker (2) and Rory McIlroy (2).
Aug 29 - 6:25 PM

Ryan Palmer tacked on a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Palmer began the day at 4-under (T8) and three strokes off the pace. Thru his first 13 holes, he was bogey-free, 6-under, circling birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13. His early split included four conversions from inside seven feet, a 15-footer at the par-4 13th, and a hole-out from just short of the green at the par-4 ninth. Beginning at the 14th, he played his last five holes in 1-over, outpacing one final birdie at the 15th with bogeys at 14 and 16, both the result of missed greens, two of four on the day in that category. At the 14th, he missed par from 5'2" and also missed scoring chances at 17 and 18 from 8'1" and 5'2", respectively. Palmer will be in the penultimate pairing on Sunday with 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. His last of three wins on the PGA TOUR came in 2010 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Aug 29 - 5:57 PM

Jason Day authored a 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the three-quarter pole at 11-under 199, good for share of the clubhouse lead with Sangmoon Bae. UPDATE: With play completed, Day shares a one-stroke lead with Bae heading into Sunday's final round.

Day had played 20 holes without a blemish prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 17th, the result of finding trouble off the tee. He started a new streak with a 10'6" sidewinder at the par-4 18th for his seventh par breaker of the round. The Aussie began Moving Day in a seven-way tie for eighth at 4-under, three adrift and playing with Bae five groups ahead of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. On his loop, he landed eight (of 14) fairways, for a third consecutive round, and hit 15 greens in regulation, circling six birdies and an eagle-3 for 1.533 putts per GIR. The 27-year-old's 63 is his best at The Barclays in 30 career rounds, besting a 64 he shot in last year's edition (Ridgewood CC) where he finished tied runner-up after co-leading thru 54 holes.
Aug 29 - 5:27 PM
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