You Oughta Know: 2014 Tour Championship


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Derek Fathauer is clinging to a one-stroke lead through three rounds of the Tour Championship, but with 25 PGA Tour cards and priority rankings at stake, eyes will be on more than just the winner on Sunday. Here’s what You Oughta Know for the final round at TPC Sawgrass’ Valley Course.

• Despite seven top 10s this season (two in the playoffs), Fathauer is still seeking his first Tour victory. If Round 3 was any indication, his putter could be the key Sunday, as he needed just 22 putts – only nine on the front – en route to the 54-hole lead.

• Zac Blair is the Cinderella story of the tournament, after entering the week T-118 on the priority list with missed cuts in his previous three Finals events, going 15 over combined. He sits just one stroke behind Fathauer.

Jason Gore is already the all-time wins leader on the Tour with seven victories and could add to his record Sunday. He’s only two back.

• Carlos Ortiz already played his way onto the PGA Tour before the Finals began, earning the automatic promotion that comes with three victories in one season. It was a forgone conclusion he would finish No. 1 on the priority list, until he missed the cut this week, paving the way for Adam Hadwin to pass him. Hadwin, four off the lead, is currently projected to take the No. 1 spot, fully exempt Tour card and entry into next year’s Players Championship that comes with the ranking.

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• Roberto Castro, who was 41st on the priority list to start the week, is currently projected 50th through three rounds. He didn’t do himself any favors on Saturday, bogeying five of his last seven holes.

Vaughn Taylor entered the week 49th on the priority list, but after a third-round 74, he’s now projected to finish 53rd.

Tag Ridings hasn’t moved at all since the beginning of the week, holding steady at 51st. He’s $338.48 behind Roberto Castro for the 50th and final Tour card.

Information compiled by Golf Channel Senior Researcher Justin Ray.