Back-to-back 69s have Johnson in at four under, three off the current lead. He has just two top-10s all year – a win the Colonial in addition to the PGA. As one of very few Americans who played well in the 2006 matches at the K Club, Johnson's value to Pavin is obvious. He is one of the PGA Tour's best putters, a major champion who often gets overlooked despite seven career victories, including the 2007 Masters.
He must already be on Pavin's short list, anyway, but a high finish at the Barclays would basically lock up a spot.