Fowler leads Reed by one at The Barclays


Thanks to a round of 3-under 68, Rickie Fowler will take a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed into the final round of The Barclays on Sunday. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Bethpage Black.

Leaderboard: Fowler (-9), Patrick Reed (-8), Adam Scott (-7), Martin Laird (-6), Justin Thomas (-5), Kevin Streelman (-5), Gary Woodland (-5), Jason Day (-5)

What it means: Fowler is in search of his fourth PGA Tour win and his first since his playoff victory at the Deutsche Bank last year. He's now also in position to lock up a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The same goes for Reed, who's looking to snap a 20-month winless drought and secure an automatic invite to Hazeltine next month. Two back, Scott, the 2013 champion at Liberty National, is looking to win three Tour events in the same season for the first time in his career. Behind them, the top two players in the world, Day (-5) and Dustin Johnson (-4), remain in the hunt. 

Round of the day: Scott went out early and got off to a red-hot start with a hole-out for eagle at No. 1 and birdie at 2. He made the turn in 4 under and added three more birdies and a bogey to post the round of the week, a 6-under 65. 

Best of the rest: Following back-to-back rounds of even-par 71, Justin Thomas raced into contention with a 5-under 66. The 23-year-old made seven birdies, with his only error coming at the difficult par-4 fifth, where he made double. He'll enter the final round four back as he looks for his second win of the season and his career.

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth backed up with a 1-over 72. Having made just one birdie and one bogey through 16 holes, Spieth found trouble at the par-3 17th when he left his delicate chip shot short of the putting surface. The former world No. 1 did rebound with a birdie at 18 that has him six back.

Shot of the day: Scott's hole-out from 90 yards away in the right rough at No. 1. It got him off to a hot start and helped move him into position for a run at a second Barclays title.

Quote of the day: "Who cares what they're saying? We're having a good time out here." - Fowler, on the response to his playoff mustache

Storyline to watch Sunday: While Reed, Fowler, Scott and others fight for the title, others will fight to stay alive in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 100 players in the points standings on Sunday night will advance to TPC Boston and Deutsche Bank Championship.