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Reed, Fowler dueling at The Barclays

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Third Round Update – PGA TOUR– FedEx Cup Playoffs – THE BARCLAYS – Bethpage Black – FedExCup5New York —

Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed are dueling at The Barclays – the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs – tied at 8-under with a handful of holes remaining in the third round.

Reed, the overnight leader, is looking for his first victory of the season after nine Top 10s. Fowler, who competed in the Rio Olympics, is also without a title. Both are looking for a bump in Ryder Cup standings and FedEx Cup points as a win is worth 2,000 points in the FedEx Cup race.

Adam Scott posted 65 earlier Saturday to apply early pressure to the lead pairings. Scott, who was unbeatable for a stretch in February and March with two victories, has been quiet all summer. He entered the week third in the FedEx Cup standings and sits third at Bethpage Black at the moment at 7-under and shot back. He had a lead for a moment Saturday.

Martin Laird is fourth alone at 6-under with a hole to play and a host of players are 5-under including Jason Day, Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas. The group at T-11 and 4-under just four back includes Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Reed and Fowler were both 40-to-1 underdogs heading into the week at Ladbrokes.comTheBarclays

Other Golf News:

  • Rolex Ranking World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn continues her run at the Race to the CME Globe and perhaps LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors. With four wins this season, she leads the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open midway through the third round at 18-under. She leads by four shots at the moment.
  • Bradley Dredge (12-under) leads a crowded leader board through 54 holes at the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament. Dredge, who has a 6th and runner-up in his last two starts at this event, holds a one-shot advantage over a host of Champions Tourplayers including Thomas Pieters, who is among those shooting for a Captain’s Pick for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup.
  • Gene Sauers, fresh off his victory at the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago, leads the PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic at 9-under during Saturday action. He leads by two shots nearing the turn.

FedEx Cup Playoffs tee off at Barclays

FedExCupPreview — PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs –The Barclays – Bethpage Black – New York –

The FedEx Cup Playoffs arrive this week with 125 players making it through the season-long points race.

The overall goal of the field is to advance throughout the playoffs to reach the TOUR Championship at East Lake. At the TOUR Championship, each will have an individual path way to win the FedEx Cup title.

Jason Day, who has three PGA Tour wins this year and nine Top 10s, leads the

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

standings. He nearly won this title a season ago finishing runner-up. The rest of the FedEx Cup standings Top 5 is competing this week includes Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Russell Knox and Jordan Spieth.

The four-tournament series features progressive field cuts with the ultimate prize comes down to an opportunity to be crowned FedEx Cup Champion joining past champions Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Day.

Results from this week’s event will determine the 100 players advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.

Bethpage Black in New York hosts this week.

The morning wave is on the course with Emiliano Grillo and Charley Hoffman leading early on at 4-under through seven holes. Both have wins on the PGA Tour this season.

2015 Recap:

  • Day (19-under) ran away with the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs last year en route to the title. His 63-62 weekend at Plainfield CC in New Jersey sent the message to the competition. Stenson was second at 13-under with Watson, Zach Johnson and Zac Blair rounding out the Top 5.

The Golf Channel has exclusive television coverage Thursday and Friday for the opening rounds of play, and handles early coverage on the weekend with CBS Sports TheBarclaysbringing home the leaders Saturday and Sunday.

FANTASY: Stenson rides a positive wave into the playoffs. The former FedEx Cup champion is now a major champion winning the Open Championship in July. Day is a great fit anyway at this point, but also consider under-the-radar players in great form like Kevin Kisner and Daniel Summerhays, who logged a Top 10 at this event a season ago.

BETTORS: At 7 1/2-to-1 odds at Labrokes.com, Day is the betting favorite. For more value, take a shot with Hideki Matsuyama at 25-1. He contended last week and ranks 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. Patrick Reed (40-1) is trending again. At No. 14 in the world rankings and 7th in the FedEx Cup standings, he is due for a win this season after nine Top 10s.

Other Golf News:

  • Thomas Pieters fired a 9-under-62 to co-lead the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament. Pieters is trying to earn one of the three captain’s picks for the Europe Ryder Cup squad. He is probably up against Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer for that pick.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open this week. Lydia Ko, Rolex Ranking World No. 1 and a Silver medal winner at the Rio games, tops the Champions Tourbetting list at 3 1/2-1 odds.
  • The PGA Champions Tour hosts the Boeing Classic beginning Friday with Bernhard Langer as the favorite (3 1/2-1).

Kim leads by 4 at Wyndham Championship

Final Round PreWyndham-Championshipview – PGA TOUR– Wyndham Championship – Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro North Carolina —

South Korea’s So-Woo Kim (18-under) tees up at 2 p.m. local time in North Carolina protecting a 4-shot advantage through 54 holes at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

After rounds of 68-60-64, Kim is trying to break through for his maiden tour title.

Jim Furyk current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jim Furyk

He plays alongside Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished 4th last week in the Rio Olympics. Kim, who finished 2015 at 272nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, is currently 115th and already inside the Top 125 to advance into the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week.

A host of proven champions are within striking distance including former World No. 1 Luke Donald, Mr. 58 Jim Furyk and two-time

PGA Tour champion Kevin Na. The trio sits 13-under and four back of Kim, who opened the week as a 125-to-1 long shot at www.skybet.com.

Kim’s four-shot lead could be the difference. The close rate on tour for this type of lead through 54 holes is about 80 percent. Kim should have learned from a near victory a few weeks back when he finished runner-up at the Barbasol Championship – playing opposite of the Open Championship. Kim lost the tournament in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley.

FedExCupDon’t overlook those at 12-under, who will look a low 60s round to challenge for the win. That group includes former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel, past champion here Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama and former Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Sneds shot 61 here in 2014 en route to a T-4 finish. But, Kim’s led looks strong for a big payout for those with a 125-1 sports ticket. If he slides, Cabrera-Bello was listed at 35-1 and Donald was also a hefty 125-1 selection.

Other Golf News:

  • Inbee Park of Korea reminded the world of golf why she was Rolex Ranking No. 1 for so long and nearly won the Grand Slam. The 7-time major champ ran away with the Rio Olympic Golf Medal winning by five shots at 16-under. Lydia Ko was second at 11-under for the Silver and Shanshan Feng took the Bronze. Park, injured most of 2016, opened the week as a 40-1 betting pick in Rio.
  • American Paul Peterson (15-under) turned some heads winning the European Tour’s C+C Real Czech Masters. He shot 64-67 oneuropeantourlogo15 the weekend to edge defending champion Thomas Pieters by a shot. It marked Peterson’s maiden European Tour title. Ranked 398th in the world, his best finish this season had been a T-25 in Thailand last March.
  • The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin next week at the Barclays. The four-tournament playoffs trim the field each week climaxing at the TOUR Championship with just 30 players competing in Atlanta for the title.

Inbee Park, Ko dueling for Rio Gold, Piller in mix

Round Three – RIO OLYMPICS – Women’s Golf Competition —

Inbee Park (11-under) leads the way in Rio in the Women’s Golf Competition through three rounds.

Park, the former Rolex Ranking World No. 1 from South Korea, has battled injury all season. She showed up in Rio as an unknown golf commodity with mixed expectations. After opening rounds of 66-66, Park coasted to 70 Friday in more difficult conditions to reach 11-under and secure a two-shot advantage heading into the final round with the Gold Medal lying in wait.

Park sits two ahead of current World No. 1 Lydia Ko. The New Zealand representative has 14 victories including two major titles. She rallied with a front-nine 29 in round three to match up ground and race up the leader board. She finished with 6-under-65 to close out 54 holes at 9-under alongside American Gerina Piller.

A host of players are in the race for medals including those at T-5 including In Gee Chun, Hee Young Yang and Charley Hull. American Stacy Lewis, who slipped back with a 76 Friday, is part of a group at T-8 and 4-under alongside Brooke Henderson, Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist. All have a shot at Silver and Bronze one would expect.

Although Park has seven major titles, the weight of the Gold might tax her in the final round with Ko in hot pursuit. While Ko was the betting favorite at 3-to-1 odds at www.skybet.com, Park opened at an eye-popping 40-1. Piller and China’s Shanshan Feng (4eurotourlogoth place at 8-under just three back) were both 25-1 selections.

Other Golf News:

  • Thomas Pieters (10-under) co-leads the European Tour’s C+C Real Czech Masters through two rounds. Pieters, who finished
    4th last week at the Rio Olympics, is the defending champion at the Czech Masters. Matthew Fitzpatrick anPGA TOURd Tommy Fleetwood are 6-under and T-3 with 36 holes to play.
  • South Korea’s So-Woo Kim shot 60 in round two at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. He moved to 12-under and currently leads by two shots over Rafa Cabrera-Bello (who was 5th last week in Rio) and three ahead of overnight co-leader Kevin Na. Both RCB and Na have several holes to finish up round two action. Kim opened as a 125-1 long shot to win the tournament.
  • Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn led after round one in Rio with a 65. She withdrew Friday in third-round action sighting injury. She was 12-over through 13 holes on her round. Jutanugarn, Rolex Ranking No. 2, has four LPGA Tour titles this year including the RICOH British Women’s Open and is challenging Ko for Player of the Year honors with about a dozen events remaining in the season.

Ko, LPGA Tour stars tee it up for Gold in Rio

Female golfers take center stage at the Rio Olympics this week. 

The 72-hole competition begins Wednesday with the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals up for grabs. If the Women’s Golf Competition finds the same final-round drama that the Men’s Golf Competition in Rio did last week, expect a bump in the game’s popularity among active and beginning players.

Among the contenders for medals this week is Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Ko, who has 14 LPGA Tour victories including a two major championships is the betting favorite at 3-to-1 odds, according to www.skybet.com. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn sits at 6-1 after surging in 2016.

Jutanugarn, who won three straight weeks in May, captured the RICOH Women’s British Open in late July and is now 2nd in the world rankings.

Lexi Thompson, No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking with 11 worldwide victories, is the top-ranked American in the field. She is listed at 12-1 odds to win the Gold.

Lexi tees it up Wednesday in round one action alongside Canada’s Brooke Henderson, who won a major this year and ranks 3rd, and Suzann Pettersen of Norway. The trio tees it up at 9:14 a.m. local time in Rio.

The final group at 11:09 a.m. features Ko, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and England’s Charley Hull.

Other Golf News: 

  • For a longer shot wager, consider Korea’s Amy Yang, who is 6th in the world rankings. She is listed at 18-1 odds. Inbee Park, a whopping 50-1 pick, is competing after battling injury for much of the season. Park is a 7-time major champion and the youngest ever to quality for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  • The PGA Tour tees is up Thursday for its final regular season stop hosting the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North PGA TOURCarolina. It’s the final opportunity for players to quality for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Only the Top 125 in the season-long race advance to play next week. Patrick Reed, who competed in the Olympics last week, is the headliner and betting favorite at 16-1. Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler (who closed with 64 in Rio) and last week’s winner Ryan Moore are also in Greensboro.
  • The European Tour returns to action this week for the C+C Real Czech Masters. Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and defending champion Thomas Pieters are in the field along with Andy Sullivan and Jamie Donaldson.