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Love on last leg to make finale

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LEMONT, Ill. – “East Lake or bust.” Or so many players in the 70-man BMW Championship field should have stitched into their staff bags.

Among those on the outside looking in are Davis Love III, who is 44th in FedEx Cup points but helped his cause with a third-round 67 early Saturday. Love has not played the Tour Championship since 2006, although he was at East Lake last year to accept the Payne Stewart Award, and has been slowed in recent weeks with an ailing neck.

DL3 will have to do better on Sunday if he’s going to secure a trip to Atlanta. Opening rounds of 74-77 have dropped him to 54th on the projected list. He was 10 strokes better on Saturday (67). He’ll probably need a similar jump on Sunday.