Playing together on Saturday, Jason Day and Sangmoon Bae posted matching rounds of 7-under 63 to tie for the lead at The Barclays through 54 holes. Here’s how things look heading into Sunday at Plainfield Country Club.
Leaderboard: Day (-11), Bae (-11), Bubba Watson (-10), Ryan Palmer (-9), Zach Johnson (-9), Henrik Stenson (-9)
What it means: Day, the reigning PGA champion, is looking to join Jordan Spieth as the only two men to win four times this season. A victory Sunday would give Day wins in back-to-back starts and in three of his last four events. This is his fourth 54-hole lead in his last six outings. As for Bae, he’s facing two years of mandatory military conscription in his native South Korea following the end of this season. Bae won this season’s first event, the Frys.com, and would join Spieth, Day, Watson, Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker in the group of players to win multiple times this season. A win Sunday would also put Bae in the mix for a spot on the International team in this year’s Presidents Cup played in South Korea.
Round of the day: After playing his first 36 holes 1 over, reigning Web.com Tour player of the year Carlos Ortiz posted the round of the day and week, a bogey-free 8-under 62. It marked the lowest round of the rookie’s PGA Tour career.
Best of the rest: Day, Bae, and Justin Rose all turned in rounds of 7-under 63. Rose was bogey-free, Bae made nine birdies and two bogeys, while Day made six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Following an opening-round 77, Rose has played the last two days in 12 under.
Biggest disappointment: With a 71, Tony Finau, who started the day one off the pace, is only player in the top 25 through 54 holes who shot over par in Round 3.
Shot of the day: He didn’t totally pull it off, but he gets credit for the effort. Check out Phil Mickelson’s backwards, over-the-head attempt at the par-4 18th.
Quote of the day: “I really want to play in the Presidents Cup in Korea. That is my county. I hope to play good tomorrow, and [have] Mr. Nick Price pick me up.” – Bae on his upcoming military stint in South Korea and the potential of playing this year’s Presidents Cup in his home country.
Storylines to watch heading into Sunday: Bae and Palmer have the two most compelling stories, with Bae about to put his golf career on hold, and with Palmer making his first start since the death of his father in a car accident on Aug. 18.