Last years winning -22 by Stenson at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship may not be possible today. A few changes to greens and hard and fast conditions have made the back 9 much more of a challenge and this years pin positions have been tougher. Today thunderstorms are expected for the late rounds to the finish.
Russell Henley is leading the 2014 youth movement at -12 heading into the final round. There are only ten players better than -8 and only 5 in double digits. The top 10 going into the final round are all in there 20’s except the old guy Kevin Streelman at 35 years old. Jason Day has had issues on the back all week, Keegan Bradley the hometown favorite has struggled with his putting and Ryan Palmer who led Friday has struggled as well. With all of this only 4 shots separate the top 15 players.
To say that Rory found his rhythm on Sunday would be an understatement as he thrilled crowds on route to a -7 – 64 on the day. Chris Kirk who won the McGladrey classic in November of last year and has had a quiet year since matched Rory at -7.
One thing is for sure today, Rory Mcllroy knows how to finish and has been unbeaten in his last three events. Expect him to be there late today in the middle of the fray. Having said that Keegan Bradley, Web Simpson and a few other Americans have Captain Tom Watson watching reading to make his final Captain picks on Tuesday.
Once again crowds are light at the event as has been the case all week. Tiger Woods not being at this year’s event has had a profound impact on attendance. Just the same the PGA Tour is all about crowds and lots of bodies for corporate sponsors and vendors that pay premium rates for space at FedEx Cup and playoff venues. If the Deutsche Bank Championship is going to remain in New England more will have to done to bring out the fans.