ATLANTA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods heads into this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in pursuit of his sixth victory of the year as the top seed in the FedExCup standings, yet a few question marks are still hovering over his game.
No one has come close to his six PGA Tour wins during 2013 but the American world number one has lost some momentum in the last two FedExCup playoff events with poor putting undermining his once renowned ability to close out tournaments.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Play was suspended for the day at the BMW Championship on Sunday after torrential downpours left the course water-logged, with the final round scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. CT (1300 GMT) on Monday.
Twenty-two players in the field of 70 were yet to tee off after three-and-a-half hours of action had been wiped out earlier in the day and at 4 p.m. officials abandoned a further resumption as steady rain kept the par-71 layout saturated.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Steve Stricker thanked his lucky stars he was one of 22 players who did not have to tee off in Sunday’s rain-hit final round of the BMW Championship before play was suspended for the day.
Torrential downpours at Conway Farms Golf Club forced play to be halted twice in the PGA Tour’s penultimate FedExCup playoff event, after the early starters had to contend with a saturated course in cold and wet conditions.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Another band of torrential rain forced play to be suspended for a second time during Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship, which was already heading for a Monday finish.
As heavy downpours swept across the par-71 layout at Conway Farms Golf Club, where pools of water began to form on fairways and greens, the siren sounded to halt the action at 2:28 p.m. CT (1928 GMT).
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – The BMW Championship was heading for a Monday finish after torrential rain swept across Conway Farms Golf Club on Sunday, forcing final-round play to be suspended for three-and-a-half hours.
With standing water affecting fairways and greens on the par-71 layout, the siren sounded at 10 a.m. CT (1500 GMT) to halt the action at the FedExCup playoff event after only 36 players in the field of 70 had teed off.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Having shot a magical 59 the previous day, Jim Furyk knew he faced a near-impossible task to follow that up with another low score in Saturday’s third round of the BMW Championship.
Though he finished up 10 strokes worse by carding a two-under-par 69 at Conway Farms Golf Club, the veteran American was delighted to end a challenging day on a fast, firming layout with a one-stroke lead.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Tiger Woods surged back into contention for the BMW Championship on Saturday, a day after he was left fuming after being docked two strokes for a rules violation in the second round.
Though he still disagreed with the penalty imposed on him for a moving ball, he was in much more upbeat mood after putting himself in position to clinch his sixth PGA Tour victory of the season after ending the third round four shots off the pace.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Jim Furyk, co-leader overnight with Brandt Snedeker, withstood strong runs from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker to move one stroke in front after Saturday’s third round of the BMW Championship.
Fresh from his stunning 12-under-par 59 on Friday, American Furyk recorded three birdies after the turn before bogeying the last for a two-under 69 on a sunny day at Conway Farms Golf Club where the breezes strengthened in the afternoon.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Jim Furyk took advantage of a stumbling start by playing partner Brandt Snedeker to move one shot clear midway through Saturday’s third round at the BMW Championship with Tiger Woods in hot pursuit.
While Furyk covered the front nine in even 35 after mixing a bogey at the fourth with a birdie at the seventh, his overnight co-leader dropped shots at the second, fourth and fifth, then birdied the sixth and ninth to reach the turn in one over.
LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – With his BMW Championship title defense in tatters after two poor scores over the first two days, Rory McIlroy made a welcome return to form during a lightning-fast display in Saturday’s third round.
Paired with American Charley Hoffman in the first group to tee off after lying stone last in the elite field of 70 overnight, McIlroy fired a sparkling three-under-par 68 in warm, sunny conditions at Conway Farms Golf Club.