You Oughta Know: Russell vs. Rory, Part II


Russell Henley reacts after winning the 2014 Honda Classic in a playoff. (Getty Images)

NORTON, Mass. – The stage is set for a dramatic holiday finale at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with the top five names separated by just two shots. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at TPC Boston, where Russell Henley leads by one:

• Henley has had an inconsistent season, with 12 missed cuts in 26 starts, but he did win earlier this year at the Honda Classic. Another win would make him just the fifth multiple winner on Tour this season, joining Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed.

• McIlroy will begin the final round just two shots off the pace, in search of his fourth win in his last five starts. He won here in 2012, and five of his 15 career rounds at TPC Boston have gone for 65 or better, including Sunday’s 64.

• Henley knows what it’s like to battle McIlroy successfully. The two were in a four-man playoff at PGA National in March, which Henley won on the first extra hole. Ryan Palmer, who also was in the playoff, will start the final round tied for seventh.

Billy Horschel has only two top-10 finishes this season, but he could change the tone of his year with a victory. Horschel, whose lone prior PGA Tour win came at the 2013 Zurich Classic, will play alongside Henley in the final pairing, trailing by a shot.

• With a victory, McIlroy could join Tiger Woods as the only other player to win three playoff events during the FedEx Cup era (since 2007). McIlroy went on to win the 2012 BMW Championship a week after he hoisted the trophy at TPC Boston.

• Jason Day is in contention in a playoff event for the second consecutive week. He held a share of the 54-hole lead last week at The Barclays, where he tied for second. He will begin the final round at 10 under, tied for third and two shots behind Henley.

• Monday’s final round will be the last chance for American Ryder Cup hopefuls to impress captain Tom Watson, who will make his three captain’s picks Tuesday. Among the contenders are Chris Kirk (T-3), Webb Simpson (sixth), Keegan Bradley (T-7), Palmer (T-7) and Bill Haas (T-11).

• Only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to next week’s BMW Championship. K.J. Choi is currently projected for the No. 70 spot, while Bo Van Pelt is currently projected at No. 71. The pair will begin the final round just 10 minutes apart, both tied for 40th.