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The Tour Report

September 23 2012

1:15 PM

Snedeker, Rose face big Sunday

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
* Tie for FedExCup