Off the straight and narrow


PARAMUS, N.J. – Say hello to the Sunday's final-round pairing at The Barclays, where controlling your golf ball was supposed to matter. Fifty-four-hole leader Martin Laird ranks 70th in driving accuracy among the 72 players who made the cut and has hit fewer fairways in each round – from 10 to nine to seven. Three strokes back, you'll find Dustin Johnson, who has been a little straighter (59 percent), but not by much.

Meanwhile, Luke Donald has opened with six consecutive birdies to grab a share of second with Johnson. Imagine the reverberations if Donald or Justin Rose gets snubbed by European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, then goes on to win this tournament. Are we having fun yet?