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    The largest storylines for Sunday’s finale

    Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele have six holes left to play within the third spherical on Sunday morning.

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    After a stormy Saturday, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Co.. could have loads of golf to play on championship Sunday on the Tour Championship.

    Third-round play, at 6:36 p.m. ET Saturday, was suspended for the second time attributable to lightning within the space, and the PGA Tour referred to as play for the day shortly after 7 o’clock. Fourteen gamers, together with chief Scheffler, will resume their third spherical at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

    Assuming no main delays on Sunday, the FedEx Cup will awarded, together with it the $18 million first-place prize.

    With that, right here’s 4 tales to comply with for Sunday’s motion:

    Lengthy day forward

    Fortunately, the Tour Championship options only a 29-man area, which can make it a lot simpler to get everybody across the golf course on Sunday.

    That mentioned, the ultimate twosome of Scheffler and Schauffele have been within the thirteenth fairway when play was suspended, and could have five-and-a-half holes to finish when play resumes. Scheffler, who’s even for the spherical and 19-under for the week, will sleep on a one-stroke lead over Schauffele, the smallest after any day of the event.

    Many others in rivalry for the large FedEx Cup bonus purse will likely be taking part in additional golf on Sunday. That’s aside from Justin Thomas, who has only a 2-foot birdie putt on the 18th gap left to play. That may get him to 15-under for the event.

    Happening the leaderboard, Sungjae Im, in third, has 4 holes to play; Rory McIlroy, in fourth, has two holes remaining; and amongst these tied at 14-under and in a tie for fifth is the penultimate pairing of Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay, who will play their second pictures to the 14th gap when play resumes.

    Shut race

    Scheffler’s lead, which was at one level seven pictures throughout Friday’s second spherical and began at two to start the week, is now only one over Schauffele. Schauffele twice pulled even with Scheffler on Saturday, however the pair principally held in place, with Scheffler taking part in even-par golf for 12 holes, and Schauffele capturing one-under.

    What seemed like a two-horse race at one level has develop into something however, with eight gamers inside 5 pictures of the lead going into Sunday. Schauffele began the day two again of Scheffler, however 4 away from anybody else.

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    “I wasn’t taking part in my finest, however I used to be form of hanging in there,” Scheffler mentioned in a short media session. “I used to be trying ahead to giving myself some alternatives on the finish, however then the horn went off.”

    Im has a 4-under spherical by way of 14 holes going to leap into third at 16-under. Rory McIlroy was additionally 4-under and is at 15-under. There’s a gaggle of 4 gamers at 14-under, together with Thomas, who may be very more likely to transfer to to 15-under as soon as he makes his shorty within the morning to cap off a spherical of 63.

    Huge cash on the road

    In case you haven’t heard, a ton of cash is at stake, as that is the ultimate occasion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. A complete of $75 million is on the road Sunday, together with $18 million to the winner.

    Second place will web $6.5 million. Even the last-place finisher on Sunday will money a substantial test, at $510k. Will Zalatoris technically finishes final due to his WD earlier within the week and will get $500k, however that’s nonetheless extra that Tour’s main cash winner from 1984 [Tom Watson] made that season.

    LIV Golf rumors

    After all, no story speaking in regards to the PGA Tour and searching forward as of late may be finished with out mentioning LIV Golf. A number of retailers reported Saturday that two golfers taking part in within the Tour Championship — Open Championship winner Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann — could be becoming a member of the controversial, Saudi-backed league.

    Smith accomplished his third spherical on Saturday, firing a 2-under 68 to take a seat at 8-under and in a tie for 18th after beginning the week sixth within the FedEx Cup standings and with a 4-under beginning rating.

    Niemann nonetheless has 4 holes to play and is at 12-under and in a tie for tenth.

    The stories point out that each gamers, together with a number of others, together with Harold Varner III, Mito Pereira and Mark Leishman, will likely be within the area for subsequent week’s LIV Golf Invitational Boston.

    Quotable

    Scheffler on his Saturday night time plans: “Simply go residence and get some sleep and meals — sorry, meals after which sleep.”

    Jack Hirsh
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    Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf workforce and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but additionally producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He may be reached at [email protected]

     

     

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