September 23 2012
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.