Sunday’s third round sees improvement from Koepka

Third-Round Leaderboard
Pos.
Player
Began
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
-7
67
67
68
-15
T2
Rory McIlroy
-5
66
67
68
-14
T2
Xander Schauffele
-4
64
69
67
-14
T4
Paul Casey
-2
66
67
68
-11
T4
Justin Thomas
-10
70
68
71
-11
Things To Know
  • This season’s TOUR Championship is weighted by FedExCup Starting Strokes. The FedExCup leader heading into East Lake began at 10-under, second place at 8-under, third 7-under, fourth 6-under and fifth at 5-under. Players ranked Nos. 6-10 started at 4-under, 11-15 at 3-under, 16-20 at 2-under, 21-25 at 1-under and 26-30 at even-par
  • Brooks Koepka birdied No. 18 to claim seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead
  • Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka will play together for the seventh time on the PGA TOUR; first time in the final round since 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
  • Should Brooks Koepka win the FedExCup, he would join Tiger Woods (2007) as only the two players to win a major, World Golf Championships and FedExCup in the same season
  • The last three final round pairings have a combined 45 career PGA TOUR wins (Koepka/McIlroy; Schauffele/Casey; Thomas/Matsuyama)
Third-Round Lead Notes
  • 20 of 32 third-round leaders/co-leaders have converted for the win at the TOUR Championship (most recent: Tiger Woods/2018)
  • 25 of 42 third-round leaders/co-leaders have converted for the win on PGA TOUR in 2018-19 (most recent: Justin Thomas/BMW Championship)

Dan Hicks on Brooks Koepka
“Four birdies for him since play was resumed after a +2 start on the first three holes yesterday. Koepka took big time advantage of today’s reboot.”

Brooks Koepka (entering the week)
Age
29 (May 3, 1990)
Country
USA
FedExCup
3
OWGR
1
PGA TOUR starts
124
PGA TOUR wins
7
PGA TOUR top-10s
38
Starts in 2018-19
20
Wins in 2018-19
3
Top-10s in 2018-19
8
  • Birdied his last hole to claim sole possession of the lead
  • In six prior tries holding the 54-hole lead/co-lead, Koepka has converted four times for the win (most recent: 2019 PGA Championship)
  • Through 54 holes, has hit 23 of 42 fairways in regulation (ranked T14)
  • Has shot par or better in his last 15 rounds this season
  • If he were to win the FedExCup, would join Tiger Woods (2007) as the only two players to win a major, World Golf Championships and FedExCup in the same season (Tiger Woods/2007: PGA Championship, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational)
  • Seeks his eighth career PGA TOUR victory and first in the FedExCup Playoffs
  • Making the fourth start in the TOUR Championship (T26/2018, 6th/2017, T18/2015)
  • Best career finish in the FedExCup, ninth, came last season
Rory McIlroy
Position
Started
R1-R2-R3
Total
T2
-5
66-67-68
-14
  • Led the field in driving accuracy (12 of 14 fairways) in round three
  • Leads the field in Driving Distance (316.5) through 54 holes
  • The 2016 FedExCup and TOUR Championship winner is one stroke back in his bid to join Tiger Woods as the second player to win the FedExCup more than once
  • No player has ever won THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup in the same season
  • Through 54 holes in 2016, was two strokes off the lead at 6-under 204
  • Has finished inside the top 10 in four of five starts at East Lake (1st/2016, T2/2014, T7/2018, T10/2012)
  • Claimed his 15th and 16th PGA TOUR victories earlier this season at THE PLAYERS Championship and RBC Canadian Open

 

Miscellaneous Player Notes
  • First-round co-leader and 2017 FedExCup champion Justin Thomas finished with a 1-over 71 and moved to 11-under par (T4); second over-par score in 19 career rounds at East Lake
  • Making his sixth start at the TOUR Championship, where he owns four top-5 finishes, Paul Casey posted 2-under 68 to move to 11-under (T4). He began the week at 2-under (T16).
  • Making his sixth start at the TOUR Championship, Hideki Matsuyama finished with three birdies to post a 4-under 66 to move to 6-under (T6). He began the week at 3-under (T11).
  • 2018 FedExCup champion Justin Rose is T25 and 16 strokes behind the leaders in his bid to become the first player to successfully defend as FedExCup champion
  • Of the 30 players in the field, only 11 managed to break par in round three; no bogey-free rounds after completion of round three
Four players are making their TOUR Championship debut:
Player
R3 position
Abraham Ancer
T18
Corey Conners
T18
Sungjae Im
T21
Jason Kokrak
T21
Rookies in the FedExCup Playoffs
Eight PGA TOUR rookies advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs. Only Sungjae Im was successful in reaching the TOUR Championship. Im collected seven top-10s in 33 starts and entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 23. Here’s a look at his progress through the Playoffs:
Event
Position
FedExCup Pos.
THE NORTHERN TRUST
T38
No. 26
BMW Championship
T11
No. 24
TOUR Championship
T21
TBD
Course Statistics
Toughest Hole                   Easiest Hole
R1: Par-4 8th (4.167)           Par-5 6th (4.433)
R2: Par-3 15th (3.300)         Par-5 6th (4.467)
R3: Par-3 15th (3.267)         Par-5 6th (4.467)
Scoring Averages
              Front 9                 Back 9                  Total                    Cumulative
R1:         34.567                  34.667                  69.233                 —
R2:         34.667                  35.800                  70.467                  69.850
R3:         35.333                  34.767                  70.100                  69.933
Bogey-free rounds
R1 (2): Xander Schauffele (64), Bryson DeChambeau (68)
R2 (0): None
R3 (0): None

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