Fathauer leads by 1 going into Web.com final round


Derek Fathauer (Getty)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Derek Fathauer, Zac Blair and Jason Gore are trying to turn the Web.com Tour Championship into a three-man race with just 18 holes to play. Here's how things look heading into the final round at TPC Sawgrass’ Valley Course:

Leaderboard: Derek Fathauer (-12), Zac Blair (-11), Jason Gore (-10), James Herman (-8), Adam Hadwin (-8), Tyrone Van Aswegen (-8), Travis Bertoni (-7), Tom Gillis (-7)

What it means: Fathauer, who has top-10 finishes in two of his last three starts, has already secured his PGA Tour card based on regular-season earnings but still has room to move up on the priority list. Barring a total collapse, Blair seems to have locked up his card based on his play this week and could move as high as No. 3 on the priority list with a win. Not a bad week’s work for someone who came into the Web.com Tour Championship sitting T-118.

Numbers game: How the priority rankings work

Round of the day: Scott Pinckney sat 39th on the priority list after Friday’s 5-over 75, and was in danger of sliding out of the top 50 with another poor round on Saturday. Fortunately for him, the rainy Moving Day played right into his hands, and he went rocketing up the leaderboard with a 5-under 65, highlighted by a hole-out eagle at the par-4 third, his 12th hole of the day.

Best of the rest: Gore, 40, doesn’t seem content with just earning full-time status on the PGA Tour for the first time since 2009. After his third-round 66, he now sits 10th on the priority list and could move even higher with another low round Sunday. Jim Herman’s 5-under 65 moved him into T-4 for the week and up 10 spots to 15th on the priority list.

Biggest disappointment: After a course-record 62 on Friday, Tommy Gainey was bound to come back to earth in Round 3. But finishing under par would have a least given him the chance at a top-5 finish, which likely would have snuck him in to the top 50. He couldn’t keep it going on Moving Day though, carding a 2-over 72. While there’s still an outside shot for “Two Gloves,” he’ll start the final round nine shots off the lead and five out of the top 5.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: While there will be plenty of eyes on Blair and Fathauer at the top of the leaderboard (and rightfully so), the real drama will surround the 50th spot on the leaderboard. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who will excel under pressure down the stretch? Who will wilt?

Quote of the day: “It turns your hair gray; you lose some hair.” – Tag Ridings, who currently sits one spot out of the final PGA Tour card.