Recap: Bae, Day co-lead through 54 at The Barclays

Recap: Bae, Day co-lead through 54 at The Barclays

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Recap: Bae, Day co-lead through 54 at The Barclays

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Jason Day and Sangmoon Bae went out in the same pairing during the third round of The Barclays and a shootout ensued.

Both golfers shot rounds of 7-under 63 Saturday at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., taking shares of the 54-hole lead in the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Thirty-six hole leader Bubba Watson is one shot back at 10 under, while Ryan Palmer, Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson sit two back heading into Sunday’s final round.

See how the third-round action unfolded at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., and be sure to scroll down to see complete coverage from the week:

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Update No. 26: 6:05 p.m.:

Bubba Watson had a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole, but he could not get it to drop, carding a 3-under 67 and heading into the final round one shot off the lead.

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Update No. 25: 5:29 p.m.:

Bubba Watson had a 9-foot putt to tie the lead at the 16th, but he was unable to sneak the downhill putt in the hole. Watson heads to 17 even with Zach Johnson at 10 under.

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Update No. 24: 5:21 p.m.:

After making bogey at the 16th, Ryan Palmer capped a round of 65 with pars at the 17 and 18th holes. He’s two shots behind Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day at 9 under.

Palmer is playing less than two weeks after losing his father in a car crash.

“The last thing he’d want me to do is not play,” said Palmer on the CBS telecast. “All I can do is come out and play for him.”

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Update No. 23: 5:04 p.m.:

Sangmoon Bae let out a big fist pump on the 18th green after hitting a 16-foot birdie putt to cap a 7-under 63.

Jason Day immediately responded, making a birdie putt of his own from 10 feet for 63. The two are tied atop the leaderboard at 11 under overall.

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Update No. 22: 4:51 p.m.:

Jason Day and Sangmoon Bae both bogeyed the 17th, dropping the lead back to 10 under, where Zach Johnson sits with four holes to play today.

Day was left with a 7-footer for par after hitting a wayward tee shot, but could not convert to keep sole possession of the lead.

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Update No. 21: 4:35 p.m.:

Jason Day played the par-5 16th to perfection, surging to a share of the lead after rolling in a 17-footer for eagle.

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Sangmoon Bae is tied with Day at 11 under after he, too, hit the green in two shots at the 16th. He two-putted from 25 feet to take a birdie.

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Update No. 20: 4:20 p.m.:

Sangmoon Bae joined the group 10 under with a 30-footer of his own at the 15th. Bae is playing for his first top-10 showing since February.

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Update No. 19: 4:05 p.m.:

Ryan Palmer was the first one to make it to double digits at 10 under, but Zach Johnson was close behind.

Palmer poured in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 13th, while Johnson converted from 30 feet to take a share of the lead.

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Update No. 18: 3:52 p.m.:

Bubba Watson gave his birdie bid at the ninth a good run, but it came up just short. With the par, Watson capped a front-nine 1-under 33 and is one shot off the lead.

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Update No. 17: 3:45 p.m.:

Jason Day and Zach Johnson joined Ryan Palmer at 9 under with birdies at No. 12 and 9, respectively.

Day is bogey-free with five birdies today.

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Update No. 16: 3:33 p.m.:

Ryan Palmer poured in a 6-foot birdie putt at the 11th, his second straight, to take the lead at 9 under.

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Update No. 15: 3:30 p.m.:

Playing less than two weeks after his father died in a car crash, Ryan Palmer holds a share of the lead at The Barclays.

After Bubba Watson failed to get up and down for par at the seventh, the lead shifted to 8 under. Palmer joined four others at that mark with a birdie at the 10th and has a putt inside 10 feet to take sole possession of the lead at 11.

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Update No. 14: 3:10 p.m.:

Bubba Watson is dialed in on the par 3s today. He threw a dart at the sixth hole and made the 4-foot birdie putt to seize sole possession of the lead at 9 under. Watson has birdied both of the par 3s on the front nine needing to make only 13 feet of putts to do so.

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Update No. 13: 3:04 p.m.:

Throw British Open champion Zach Johnson into the mix at 8 under. Johnson stuck his to 4 feet at the sixth and converted the birdie putt to join Sangmoon Bae and Bubba Watson at the top.

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Update No. 12: 3:00 p.m.:

Spencer Levin is two shots back, but he came this close to moving to 7 under at the ninth:

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Update No. 11: 2:50 p.m.:

After playing a nice shot from about 200 yards away on the tee at the par-3 third hole, Bubba Watson rolled in the ensuing 10-foot birdie putt to move to 8 under.

But he’s not along atop the leaderboard in New Jersey. Sangmoon Bae, who has birdied every other hole so far today, is 4 under through seven holes in his third round and at 8 under overall.

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Update No. 10: 2:17 p.m.:

There’s a four-way tie atop the leaderboard after Sangmoon Bae opened with three birdies on his first five holes and Henrik Stenson birdied the first. Those two are joined by Carlos Ortiz and Bubba Watson at 7 under.

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Update No. 9: 2:02 p.m.:

Jason Day boomed his drive at the short par-4 fourth hole and pitched his second shot close to set up his second birdie of the day. Day is one shot off the lead at 6 under.

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Update No. 8: 1:50 p.m.:

Things are getting crowded near the top of the leaderboard. Six golfers are now tied for third at 6 under, one shoe behind Carlos Ortiz (62) and Bubba Watson, who has yet to tee off.

Here’s a look at the group at 6 under:

  • Spencer Levin, through 4
  • Sangmoon Bae, through 3
  • Jason Dufner, through 1
  • Jason Bohn, through 1
  • Henrik Stenson, 2:00 p.m.
  • Tony Finau, 1:50 p.m.
  • Zach Johnson, 1:50 p.m.

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Update No. 7: 1:34 p.m.:

Good things happen when your find the fairway with a 340-yard drive. Just ask Jason Day, who hit one at No. 2 and went on to put his approach to kick-in range. The birdie puts Day at 5 under, two shots off of the leader Bubba Watson.

Watson will tee off with Henrik Stenson at 2 p.m.

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Update No. 6: 1:25 p.m.:

After falling back Friday with a 3-over 37 on the front nine, Spencer Levin opened his third round with back to back birdies to get to 6 under.

Levin’s second came on a chip in from 30 feet after he found the rough on an approach at No. 2.

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Update No. 5: 12:47 p.m.:

Carlos Ortiz fired an 8-under 62 to tie Bubba Watson atop the leaderboard at 7 under.

Ortiz took advantage of the short par-4 18th hole, making birdie after getting up and down from about 30 yards after a nice drive.

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Update No. 4: 12:25 p.m.:

Carlos Ortiz holed out from a greenside bunker at the par-5 16th, moving to a tie for second at 6 under and one shot off of Bubba Watson’s lead.

Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald are moving in the right direction this morning. Both are at 3 under overall and 4 under today.

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Update No. 3: 12:00 p.m.:

Justin Rose caps a bogey-free round of 7-under 63 by getting up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker after nearly driving the par-4 18th.

Rose heads to the clubhouse two shots off of Bubba Watson’s lead at 5 under for the week after surging 58 spots up the leaderboard during the third round.

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Update No. 2: 11:25 a.m.:

After opening with a 73, PGA Tour rookie Carlos Ortiz might have gotten the hang of Plainfield Country Club. Ortiz, who shot a 68 on Friday, made three birdies in a row starting at No. 10 to move to 6 under on the day. He’s now tied for sixth and two shots behind leader Bubba Watson.

And don’t forget about Justin Rose, who is 5 under today through 15 and tied for 16th at 3 under.

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Update No. 1: 10:12 a.m.:

Justin Rose went out early Saturday morning and improved 32 spots on the leaderboard. The Englishman played the front nine in 3-under 31, going bogey-free and improving to 1 under for the week.

Ryo Ishikawa is also 3 under this morning and 1 under overall after two straight birdies at 10 and 11.

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