You Oughta Know: Fowler bogey-free for 45 holes


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – It’s an all-American showdown at The Barclays, as Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will star in the final pairing at Bethpage Black. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round, where Fowler clings to a one-shot lead:

• Fowler has now played his last 45 holes without a bogey and has only dropped one shot through 54 holes.

• This is the fourth time Fowler has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead. He failed to win on any of the three previous occasions, including earlier this year when he finished T-4 at the Wells Fargo Championship.

• Fowler is in search of his fourth career PGA Tour victory, and first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship. His most recent worldwide win came at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January.

• Fowler’s best PGA Tour finish this season came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama.

• Reed begins the final round alone in second place, one shot back. He’s looking for his fifth career PGA Tour win and first since the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

• Reed appears in line for his 10th top-10 finish of the season, a total surpassed only by Dustin Johnson (12).

• Adam Scott is alone in third place, two shots behind Fowler. He’s in search of his third win this season after previous victories at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.

• While those wins came in back-to-back weeks, Scott’s lone top-10 finish since Doral is a T-10 result at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

• The only player to win The Barclays and go on to win the FedEx Cup in the same season is Vijay Singh, who did so in 2008.

• The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Based on the 54-hole leaderboard, the bubble boy is Keegan Bradley, who is projected to No. 100, three points ahead of No. 101 Jonas Blixt.

• The top eight players in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings after this event will earn automatic berths to Hazeltine. Reed is currently eighth, while Fowler entered the week at No. 12 and likely needs a solo third-place finish or better to move past No. 7 Zach Johnson.