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The Tour Report
  • Despite week away, Rose in the mix at East Lake

  • Justin Rose climbed up the leaderboard Saturday, but his FedExCup hopes are out of his hands. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Justin Rose climbed up the leaderboard Saturday, but his FedExCup hopes are out of his hands. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- By skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship, Justin Rose effectively pinned his FedExCup Playoffs hopes on playing well at last week's BMW Championship.

But he broke par just once and finished in the middle of the pack at Cherry Hills. It meant that he'd need a lot of help this week at East Lake to make a run at golf's richest prize.

Through three rounds of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola he hasn't gotten it.

Despite a 4-under 66 Saturday to move into a tie for fourth, three strokes off the lead of Billy Horschel and Rory McIlroy, Rose is projected to move up to just 11th in the FedExCup.

The flip side is that the 34-year-old is rested and in position to try to win for the second time this season.

"I think it's playing into my advantage right now," said Rose, who had five birdies and just one bogey in the third round. "Hopefully I can finish strong tomorrow and it will be a decision well made."

Rose made the choice to skip the Deutsche Bank Championship before the FedExCup Playoffs began. It's a Ryder Cup year and he didn't want to play four weeks in a row.

Would he make the same decision if he had it to do over again?

"You always have to back yourself to play well," Rose said. "I wouldn't skip one necessarily if we have (a bye week in the Playoffs). Then I think that you can roll through the Playoffs easily."

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