August 24 2013
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• Tiger Woods accomplished something on Saturday that he’d done only twice over the last three years combined. Woods was 2-over par through seven holes of his third round at The Barclays, before charging over the final 11 holes, ultimately finishing the third round with a 2-under 69.
Rarely over the past few years have we seen Woods salvage such a seemingly disappointing round and turn it into such a positive round. The only other two rounds over the last three years in which Woods recovered from being 2 over (mid-round) to finishing at 2 under or better were at the 2012 The Barclays (second round) and the 2013 Masters (final round).
• Kevin Chappell will play with Woods on Sunday after playing the round of his life on Saturday at The Barclays. He carded nine birdies and zero bogeys en route to shooting a 9-under 62. He’s just the fifth player over the last four months on the PGA TOUR to record a round with nine or more par-breakers and no holes over par. The others were Lucas Glover and Chez Reavie at the John Deere Classic as well as Brandt Snedeker and John Merrick at the RBC Canadian Open.
More impressively, Chappell is only the second player ever to post such a round at The Barclays. The only other player to record nine or more birdies and zero bogeys in a round at this event was Hunter Mahan in 2007 (third round).
• Matt Kuchar is poised for yet another strong showing as he enters the final round of The Barclays tied for the lead with Gary Woodland. Kuchar already has two wins in 2013 (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance) and two second-place finishes (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the RBC Canadian Open).
Since 2010, only three players have won at least three PGA TOUR events in one year: Woods (three in 2012 and five in 2013), Jim Furyk (three in 2010) and Rory McIlroy (four in 2012).
Over the last three seasons, only three players have had five or more top-2 finishes: Woods (five in 2013), Rory McIlroy (five in 2012) and Webb Simpson (five in 2011).