CARMEL, Ind. – John Senden is finished with his final round of the BMW Championship. Now he must wait … and hope.
Senden is currently projected at 31st in FedExCup points, meaning he would not qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. But if some of the players in the late groups fall back this afternoon, Senden might be able to move back inside the top 30. Specifically, he will keep an eye on Vijay Singh, Ryan Moore and Robert Garrigus, three players who need to continue playing well today or else fall outside the top 30.
Senden entered the week ranked 26th in points.
“I’m done. I can’t control that,” the Australian said after shooting a 1-over 73 that left him at even par for the tournament and in a tie for 57th. “The fellas on the golf course know what’s happening, but I think that there’s less pressure on me now, now that I’m done, than on the guys on the golf course.
“Hopefully it works out my way.”
CARMEL, Ind. – It’s still early in the first round, but Rory McIlroy has moved into a tie with Phil Mickelson for the lead in Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship.
McIlroy is 2 under through five holes and 17 under for the tournament. That equals Mickelson’s total, although Mickelson is now playing the par-5 fifth and could soon break the tie.
Lee Westwood and Vijay Singh are tied at 16 under. Singh, the 54-hole co-leader with Mickelson, has opened with four consecutive pars.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is even through six holes and 13 under for the tournament.
Ryan Moore is 4 under through nine holes and has moved into a tie for fifth. Moore started the week outside the top 30 in FedExCup points but is now projected to 27th.
Bubba Watson has the hottest round of the day; he’s 7 under through 17 holes and is 12 under for the tournament.
UPDATE (2:48 p.m. ET): Both Mickelson and Singh have birdied the par-5 fifth. That moves Mickelson into the solo lead at 18 under while Singh moves into a tie for second with McIlroy at 17 under.
CARMEL, Ind. – Defending FedExCup champ Bill Haas is finished with his first nine holes and right now he’s projected on the FedExCup cutline at No. 30.
Haas is 3 over for his round and has dropped to 6 under for the tournament. He entered the week ranked 28th in points.
CARMEL, Ind. – Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have held their fair share of 54-hole leads throughout their Hall of Fame careers, and they go into Sunday’s round at the BMW Championship tied for the lead at 16 under.
In fact, Sunday’s pairing will be the first time in at least 35 years that two current Hall of Famers have played together in the final group in the final round on the PGA TOUR.
A few more notes about the Singh-Mickelson pairing:
> Only one time in Mickelson’s career has he failed to finish inside the top four when holding a 54-hole lead. He tied for eighth at the 1993 Northern Telecom Open after shooting a final-round 75.
> Mickelson’s stroke average in the final round when holding the 54-hole lead is 69.63.
> Singh won 11 consecutive events from 2002-04 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
> Singh has never finished lower than a tie for fifth when holding or sharing a 54-hole lead.
> Singh’s stroke average in the final round with the 54-hole lead is 69.81.
Mickelson and Singh tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET. Click here to follow their pairing on Shot Tracker
CARMEL, Ind. – With the final pairing of the day, co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, about an hour away from teeing off, here are a few updates from Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship:
> Geoff Ogilvy is 6 under through 13 holes and 9 under for the tournament. Ogilvy started the week 53rd in points and is currently projected to 44th. It’s doubtful he can make up enough strokes to finish in the top 30 in points. Right now, he’ll need to make up six more strokes on the field in his final five holes.
> Greg Chalmers is also 6 under through 13 holes and is projected at 35th. He needs to make up 3 strokes down the stretch.
> Jason Dufner is 4 under through 10 holes and is 8 under for the tournament. Just one of Dufner’s first three rounds were under par.
> Watch John Huh’s round today. The PGA TOUR rookie came into the week ranked 27th in points is currently projected at 28th. He’s 1 under through six holes and 8 under for the tournament.
> Scott Piercy was hoping to keep his spot inside the top 30 and shot a 4 under 68 on Sunday. But that appears to not be enough. He came into the week ranked 29th but is now projected at 33 after finishing at 5 under for the tournament.
> Hunter Mahan struggled this week in his first tournament since not being named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Mahan shot an 8-over 80 on Saturday, and followed that up with a 5-over 77 on Sunday. That leaves him at 12 over for the tournament, four strokes worse than any other player in the field. But thanks to those two early wins, Mahan is safely into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He’s projected at 22nd in FedExCup points after starting the week in 14th.
> Likewise, Carl Pettersson also will advance despite having a tough week. Pettersson finished at 8 over for the tournament after shooting a 79 on Sunday. He’s now projected at 17th in points.
> Players who are finished with their final rounds and will be eliminated for the Playoffs: Charley Hoffman, Mark Wilson, Jimmy Walker, Marc Leishman, David Hearn, Bryce Molder and William McGirt
CARMEL, Ind. -- Preferred lies are once again being used in the final round of the BMW Championship on SUnday.
Crooked Stick has absorbed more than 5 inches of rain since last weekend, including nearly 3 on Friday night. This is the fourth straight round contested under lift, clean and place rules.
The only other tournament in which all four rounds used preferred lies was the True South Classic. This is just the 14th round this season using the rule.
CARMEL, Ind. – There’s a lot at stake in the final round of the BMW Championship – a PGA TOUR title, a top 30 spot in the FedExCup Playoffs and a trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and one of those precious spots inside the top five that will control their own destiny at East Lake.
Here are a few discussion points for the final round. Fill out the form below to join the discussion.
> Will Phil Mickelson continue to ride the hot hand he showed Saturday in shooting a 64?
> Will Vijay Singh, at age 49, win his first PGA TOUR event in four years?
> Which of the contenders on an impressive leaderboard will rise up to make the biggest challenge?
> Which player outside the top 30 will make one final push to bust the bubble?
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