Dustin Johnson poured in a 17-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to shoot 4-under 68 and take a three-shot lead over Paul Casey into the final round of the BMW Championship. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Crooked Stick, where Tour Championship berths and Ryder Cup captain's picks will be on the line Sunday.
Leaderboard: Johnson (-18), Casey (-15), J.B. Holmes (-14), Roberto Castro (-12), Adam Scott (-11), Matt Kuchar (-11)
What it means: Johnson is in search of his third win this season and the 12th of his career in his 200th PGA Tour start. A win Sunday would move him closer to No. 1 Jason Day in the world ranking and likely push him ahead of Day for Player of the Year consideration. Casey is looking for just his second Tour win after a number of close calls, including his failure to close last week in Boston. He is currently projected to enter the top five in the FedEx Cup standings, which would allow him to control his own fate in two weeks at East Lake. Four back, Holmes, who finished 10th on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, is in the hunt for his fifth Tour win and his second Ryder Cup appearance.
Round of the day: Scott, Billy Horschel and Bill Haas all shot 5-under 67. Scott sits at 11 under and is currently projected inside the FedEx top 5.
Best of the rest: DJ, Casey, Holmes, Kuchar and Jordan Spieth posted 4-under 68. Even par through 13 holes, Johnson closed with four birdies on his final five holes.
Biggest disappointments: Roberto Castro, who held the 18- and 36-hole leads, didn't make a single birdie, posting a 2-over 74 that has him six back and currently outside the FedEx Cup top 30. Separately, Chris Kirk finished bogey-bogey with two water balls at 17 and 18 to shoot 1-over 73 and drop to 9 under for the week. And finally, Sergio Garcia dropped down the leaderboard and the points standings with a 4-over 75. Garcia actually broke his putter on No. 12 and played the remainder of his round putting with a wedge.
Sergio will be putter-less for the rest of his round. He turned his flat stick into a Crooked Stick on the 12th pic.twitter.com/F0YiWerP6T— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 10, 2016
Garcia is currently projected 28th in the postseason points race.
Shot of the day: Spieth's chunk and run at the par-5 11th looked like it was going to race past the hole before it collided with the flagstick and dropped in the cup.
Spieth is tied for ninth at 8 under par and currently projected seventh in the points race.
Storylines to watch Sunday: Rickie Fowler is fighting to make both the Tour Championship and the U.S. Ryder Cup team. At 1 over for the week, he is currently projected 30th in the FedEx Cup rankings, with the top 30 advancing to East Lake. With respect to Hazeltine, U.S. captain Davis Love III will announce three of his four captain's picks on Monday. As for the FedEx Cup cut, Holmes and Daniel Berger, another Ryder Cup contender, are currently projected to move into the top 30, bumping out Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson.