Crowded leader board at TPC Boston with Deutsche Bank Championship waiting in the balance

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – Deutsche Bank Championship –TPC Boston – Boston, Mass. –

The ever changing leader board at TPC Boston reaches the final round Monday for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The title is the balance in the second-leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs with just the Top 70 in the standings advancing on to next week’s BMW Championship.

Russell Henley emerged as the 54-hole leader after crafting a 6-under-65 in round three to reach 12-under overall. Leading now in the biggest stage of his career, Henley will tee it up with Billy Horschel at 1:55 p.m. local time.

Henley, No. 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking, entered the week as a long-shot to win the championship by The winner of the Honda Classic back in March could jump into the FedEx Cup standings lead with a win.

Horschel is just a shot back after rounds of 69-66-67. He has been consistent all week while others have move up and down the leader board.

Jason Day, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Chris Kirk are all 10-under and T-3 heading into the final round. Rory and Kirk fired 64s Sunday in round three. Kirk was a 125-1 betting long shot this week as well.

Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley – both looking to earn a captain’s pick Tuesday for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad – are in the mix if they can card a low final round. Webb is alone in 6th at 9-under, while Keegan is 8-under.

Look for a wild scramble to decide the title — as it’s always difficult to back-up low rounds and hold leads on the PGA Tour. And, expect some drama with a sub-plot of players trying to earn Ryder Cup picks and advance in the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a Top 70 spot in the standings.

Other Golf News:

  • Fred Couples fired a 9-under-61 in the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic in Canada to earn a spot in a playoff against Billy Andrade at 15-under overall. Couples went on to birdie the first hole and win for the second time this year on the Champions Tour. Couples managed a back-nine 29 including an eagle-3 at the final hole.
  • Hennie Otto (20-under) won the European Tour’s Italian Open thanks in part to a second-round 62. Otto, 160th in the world ranking heading into the tournament, edged David Howell by two shots and Stephen Gallacher by three. Ott0, 38, was a 66-1 betting selection.
  • Bud Cauley (20-under) captured the first-leg of the Tour Finals at the Hotel Fitness Championship. He overcame 54-hole leader Colt Knost for a one-shot victory. Cauley managed five birdies in six holes on the front nine to set the tone.
  • American Austin Ernst, an LPGA Tour rookie with just two Top 10s this season, bogeyed the final two holes to fall into a playoff at the Portland Classic. But, she rallied to beat I.K. Kim on the first playoff hole to capture her maiden LPGA Tour title. Ernst shot 5-under in the final round passing a host of players including overnight co-leader and defending champion Suzann Pettersen, who settled for T-16.