There are 69 players in the field for the final round of the BMW Championship, but even with 18 more holes to go, Jason Day has everyone playing for second place. Day extended his outrageous five-shot lead at the midpoint to a six-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round. That’s the largest margin of the PGA Tour season and it hasn’t been set by some under-the-radar guy hitting a three-day streak. Day is, by a good margin, the best player in the world right now and that should become official Sunday night when his fourth win in his last six starts makes him the new No. 1 in the world rankings.
Day starts the fourth round at 20-under. He’ll play alongside Scott Piercy in the anchor pairing on the tee sheet. PIercy is a fine player and has won before, but he’s six shots back and not exactly the name to put a scare in Day. It may not matter who makes a charge, if anyone even does. Day has admitted he’s in a zone right now, but can’t exactly articulate or describe how this is coming together. Johnny Miller said it was superior to the Tiger Woods dominance of 2000 — that is a bridge too far, but the fact that the comparisons are being made should give you a sense of just how special this run is right now.
After weather interrupted the first three days of the BMW, everything is back on track for a normal Sunday finish. Day will go at 1:50 p.m. ET for the estimated 6 p.m. finish on NBC. Saturday’s round was pushed back because the Tour anticipated heavy rains overnight (it poured) so they wanted some cushion in the morning to make sure the course was playable. That forced them to use split tees and groups of three for the third straight day. The course held up and with a relatively clean forecast for Sunday, they put them in twosomes and all rolling off No. 1 for the first time this week.
The leaderboard is loaded for this third leg of the FedExCup, it’s just that everyone else is in a “B Division.” Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are all among the final hour of tee times on Sunday afternoon. That’s about as good as the Tour could wish for but Day has removed just about all the drama among that heavyweight set. Here’s the full tee sheet for Sunday’s final round (all times ET):