Sep
5
2011
Your DBC Final Round Open Thread: Loaded Leaderboard
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Stevie: I'm a great frontrunner

Before 54-hole leader Bubba Watson teed off at TPC Boston, he already trailed by two shots. There have been four different guys atop the leaderboard today: Watson, Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker, who is just on fire.

Snedeker fired a final-round 61 at the weather-shortened Barclays the other week. Today, he’s rolled in six birdies on the front nine to get to 14-under total and leads Scott by a shot.

Last night there were 23 players within four strokes of the lead. Currently, there are 13 players at 10-under or better.

World No. 1 Luke Donald is also making a run — he’s at three-under through six, 12-under total. Webb Simpson, Chez Reavie and Watson are also 12-under. Just a shot behind them is the group of Kyle Stanley, Blake Adams and Jason Day at 11-under. And Phil Mickelson is in the gang at 10-under.

Who’s going to win this one? Well, Snedeker, a streaky player, won the Heritage earlier this year, beating Luke Donald in a playoff after coming from behind and posting a 64 — he waited for at least an hour before the last group putted out. Then there’s Adam Scott and Steve Williams, who as we know, is an excellent frontrunner.

Most surprising occurrence of the day? Rickie Fowler isn’t decked out head-to-toe in orange! He’s wearing a darker shade of orange with a black hat and black pants. I know it’s Monday and not Sunday, but I thought the all-orange garb was a final round tradition?

Meanwhile, there are quite a few notables who are fighting to play another week. The top-70 in FedExCup points advance to the BMW Championship, the third of four legs in the playoffs.

Graeme McDowell is ranked 74th and needs some help from those still on the course to get inside the points cutline. Ernie Els has just crept in to 68th — he needs to finish 18th or better to stay alive in the “road to the Tour Championship.”

Here’s the live projected FedExCup points if you want to follow along. It’s helpful, but it can drive you a little crazy because there’s been a lot of movement, making it tough to keep up!

*Update: Webb Simpson drained a 28-footer for eagle on the par-5 7th. Luke Donald followed suit, dropping a 25 footer for his 3. Simpson and Donald have joined Snedeker atop the leaderboard at 14-under.

And I’ll leave you with Steve Elkington‘s latest work of art:

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)