The PGA Tour is heading to a Monday finish (maybe) because Mother Nature decided the east coast needed some rain. And then some more. Plus a little extra. Assuming the weather cooperates, players will tee off on Monday morning in an attempt to finish the final round. The rain has been abundant, and it looks like there might be more on the way for today, putting the final round in question.
If the final round is not played, there will be some very interesting scenarios that play out. As of now, Justin Rose (-17) holds a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy (-16) and Xander Schauffele (-16). Rounding out the top 5 are the duo of Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler. 25 players sit at double digits under par as wet conditions have turned Aronimink into a defenseless and soggy birdie fest. Leaderboard
Coming up Roses
The only person that would enjoy not playing the final round in Pennsylvania is the leader, Justin Rose. The win would put him into the top 5 of the FedEx Cup standings before East Lake and also make him #1 in the world for the first time in his career. It would be his 5th win in the last two years to go along with 5 runner-ups. There is little arguing that Rose has been the most consistent player over the last 24 months, so he would be a fitting #1.
Last Seat on the Plane
Because of “the Horschel Rule”, Jim Furyk still has one captains pick to make to round out his Ryder Cup team. Tony Finau should be that final pick, but Xander Schauffele is doing everything he can to muddy that decision. X has played eXceptionally at Aronimink this week and is just one shot back of the lead.
Even if he were able to pull off the victory on Monday, the pick really should go to Finau. He has had the most consistent season of anyone, and a victory is the only thing missing from his resume. It’s obvious why the Horschel rule exists, but it should not take away from Finau’s season.
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Rory McIlroy seems to have figured out how to golf again. The Irishman is tied for second and just one back of Justin Rose. Even with his victory at Bay Hill, Rory has had a mediocre year for his standards.
Rick is back and doesn’t seem to have any lingering effects from his injury. He has shot three rounds of 65 thus far and sits just two shots back of the lead.
After opening with a 71, Tommy Fleetwood has hit the jets. The Englishman has fired back-to-back 62s and finds himself just two shots off the lead.
Jordan Spieth wants to make sure this final round is played more than anyone. He sits in a tie for 39th at the moment, and that would put him as the 31st spot on the FedExCup list. If the final round is not played, we will not see Jordan at East Lake. As well as not making East Lake, Spieth could face a potential fine or suspension if he fails to make the top 30. Spieth would fall short of the PGA Tour’s minimum amount of events.
If the final round is not played, the top 5 heading into East Lake will be Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau. Finau is the only one of the group without a win. If the positions hold, these five will be the only ones who control their own destiny at the final tournament of the year.
Andy and Brendan are back on the Shotgun Start as they will be every MWF. In this episode, they talk about the rain at the BMW, how Aronimink held up to the world’s best, and how it felt for Brendan for the Browns to break their winless streak with a tie.
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Fitz No Tantrums
Matthew Fitzpatrick notched his 5th career European Tour win with a successful defense at the Omega European Masters. The Englishman birdied the 72nd hole of regulation to get into a playoff with Lucas Bjerregaard and birdied the playoff hole for the victory. He has now successfully won every year of his professional career to go along with his 2013 U.S. Amateur victory. Leaderboard
The Carpet Capital Collegiate was won by the University of Tennessee in a playoff over Georgia Tech this weekend. The Volunteers brought in a new head coach this season and started their season off with a bang. Bryson Nimmer of Clemson won the tournament individually while Alabama’s Davis Riley tied for second. In other NCAA scores, Colorado won the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite and Penn State held off Duke to win the Rod Myers Invitational.
Bryson is off to Denver for the off week for some muscle activation tests… because of course he is. Full story
Thomas Pieters is breaking clubs again, this time his putter after a 9.