ATLANTA -- Following the unfortunate lead of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy before him, Brandt Snedeker has just hit his tee shot into the water at the par-3 sixth hole.
Snedeker took his drop and put his third shot within 6 feet but he missed the putt for bogey and settled for double, as had Woods and McIlroy. And Snedeker, who also double bogeyed the hole in the first round, had to make a 4-footer for the 5.
Rose, meanwhile, had put his tee shot into the back bunker. He blasted out to 5 feet and missed that putt so he dropped to 6 under and still trails Snedeker by one. The bogey was the Englishman’s second straight.
Ryan Moore is also 6 under after making a 17-footer on the sixth hole for one of just five birdies there on Sunday. Moore was one of two players to play his way into the top 30 at the BMW Championship.
ATLANTA -- Tiger Woods is headed in the wrong direction during Sunday's final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Woods, who has two wins and four runner-up finishes during his careere at East Lake, is 4 over through his first six holes. He can win his third FedExCup with a TOUR Championship win, but he now trails Brandt Snedeker by nine shots.
Woods, who is even par for the tournament, got going in the wrong direction when he took three to get down from the back fringe at the first hole. He made another bogey at No. 5 when he missed a 3-footer to save par and doubled the sixth when his tee shot found the water.
Woods now is 10 strokes back in the FedExCup projections.
In the final round of the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Brandt Snedeker hits his 118-yard approach shot to 8 feet on the par-4 3rd hole and sinks the putt for birdie.
ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker just rolled in a 9-footer for birdie at the third hole to break out of the tie at the top with Justin Rose.
Snedeker, who will win the FedExCup with a victory in the TOUR Championship, is now 9 under. He's one shot ahead of Rose and four up on the rest of the field.
Rory McIlroy, who started the week ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup, is among the group of four tied at 5 under. Also at that number are Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Ryan Moore.
McIlroy, who won the last two Playoffs events, is currently projected to finish second in the FedExCup. Tiger Woods, who is 2 over through five holes and seven shots off the pace being set by Snedeker, is projected to drop one spot to third.
ATLANTA – Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose have just hit their opening tee shots in the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Both drives bounced down the right side of the fairway with Snedeker finding the first cut and Rose’s ball settling 13 yards closer to the green. But even with the FedExCup looming large, it should be a comfortable pairing for the two.
Rose calls Snedeker, who came into the week ranked fifth in the FedExCup, a “great competitor.” The two friends played a practice round together earlier this week.
“He thinks very smartly about his game,” Rose said. “He understands how to harness his putter. He understands how to use the rest of his game to give himself the best chance on the greens. His caddie and my caddie are best friends pretty much out here on tour. They room together a lot.
“So from that perspective, it's going to be a comfortable pairing and that could help both of us in some sense. … He's tough, there is no doubt. That is the thing when you play someone like Brandt, if he's 15 feet for par, he's not out of the hole, and that's what makes him tough to play against.
ATLANTA -- How well are Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose playing? Well, the two had the only bogey-free rounds at East Lake on Saturday to open a two-stroke lead in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Snedeker, in particular, has been consistent in all areas of his game. He leads the field in fairways hit (71 percent) and greens in regulation (76 percent), as well as in ball-striking.
Snedeker is also second in strokes-gained putting, beating the field by 4.6 strokes through three rounds. He's made all 45 of his putts inside 9 feet, as well as a total of 261 feet of putts to rank seventh among the field.
Rose is also putting well. He made all 14 of his putts inside seven feet on Saturday and for the week he ranks sixth in strokes-gained putting -- bettering his average this year by more than a stroke per round.
While the on-course performances have been similar, the two leaders' paths to the FedExCup are decidedly different. Click here to follow their round on ShotTracker.
Snedeker is assured the FedExCup if he wins the TOUR Championship and he can also finish as low as a two-way tie for second and still have a mathematical chance. But Rose's scenarios are a bit more complicated after he came into the week ranked 24th in the FedExCup.
First and foremost, Rose, who is currently projected third, needs to win the Playoffs finale. Below are the other things that need to happen:
|Help from his friends||Position after three rounds|
|No. 1 Rory McIlroy finishes 17th* or worse||Three-way tie for fourth|
|No. 2 Tiger Woods finishes in a three-way tie for 5th or worse||Tied for seventh|
|No. 3 Nick Watney finishes in a 3-way tie for 3rd or worse||29th|
|No. 4 Phil Mickelson finishes tied for third or worse||Tied for 20th|
|No. 5 Brandt Snedeker finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse||Tied for first|
|No. 6. Louis Oosthuizen finishes tied for second or worse||15th|
ATLANTA --- Now that the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola has begun and we get closer to learning the identity of the FedExCup champion, here are some interesting facts about players who have held 54-hole leads this year.
Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose are the men on the hot seat Sunday at East Lake. They are tied at 8 under and lead by two strokes. Click here to follow their round on ShotTracker.
> The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 13 of 39 stroke-play events on TOUR this season, most recently Sergio Garcia at the Wyndham Championship.
> In the six-year history of the FedExCup Playoffs, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win seven of 22 events, most recently Justin Rose at the 2011 BMW Championship. (That does not include the 2011 Barclays, which was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene.) Two players -- Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker -- have accomplished the feat twice.
> In the 25 previous TOUR Championships, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win the tournament 15 times, with Jim Furyk (2010) performing the feat most recently. He also won the FedExCup that year.
> This marks only the third time in his career that Snedeker has led/co-led a PGA TOUR event after 54 holes. His most recent experience was less than successful -- at the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Snedeker led by one shot after 54 holes but shot 78 on Sunday and tied for 43rd. His only other 54-hole lead came at the 2007 Buick Invitational; he shot 71 in the final round and finished third.
> Rose has led or held a share of the 54-hole lead on eight previous occasions and has converted two of those into wins,
> The largest come-from-behind victory at the TOUR Championship came in 2008 when Camilo Villegas trailed Sergio Garcia by five shots entering the final round and eventually defeated him in a sudden-death playoff.
ATLANTA -- A season full of dominating performances and come-from-behind victories all comes down to Sunday at historic East Lake Golf Club.
Someone will win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and someone will become $10 million richer when he wins the FedExCup. Will it be the same person? We'll know as the shadows lengthen on a cool, breezy fall afternoon.
What do you think will happen?
Can Brandt Snedeker hang on and earn the dual victories? Will he be denied by Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods, who came to Atlanta ranked 1-2, respectively, in the FedExCup? Or will there be a third straight win by someone outside the FedExCup top five like overnight co-leader Justin Rose?
PGATOUR.COM will be watching these stories as the afternoon unfolds. Let us know what you expect and then follow all the action on PGATOUR.COM, the Golf Channel and NBC and SiriusXM Radio.
Amanda Balionis and the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio team preview Round 4 of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker are tied for the lead at 8-under par.