2020 WGC-St. Jude Invitational ranking takeaways: Brendon Todd leads after round three as big stars chase


Round three of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational was a wild, up-and-coming moving day that resulted in a perfectly separate standings (no tie in the top five) and a monstrous setup for a fun Sunday finish. Brendon Todd leads by one over Ben An, and if Todd wins he likely becomes the PGA Tour Player of the Year favorite with just five events remaining.Its pursuers, however, have their own intriguing stories. After struggling during the reboot, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler are on hand, and perhaps the best player since the reboot – Justin Thomas – is going for his third win of the season with a potential second major championship on deck. next week at Harding Park. Let’s dive into the third round and look forward to what should be a superb finish on Sunday afternoon.

1. Brendon Todd (-12) – We’ve been here with Todd before. He led the Voyageurs Championship by three heading into the final round a month ago, but passed out loud as Dustin Johnson continued to win. The disturbing part here is that Todd has gained over 2.5 strokes per round with his putter, which is not sustainable when names like “Koepka”, “Fowler” and “Thomas” lurk behind you a Sunday after. – midday in a massive event. Todd could win on Sunday, but it will be a war for him all day trying to keep the tee-to-green game on the slopes.

2. Ben An (-11) – One caught fire on the back nine, where he made four consecutive birdies. He can hit the ball with anyone at the top of that table, but he hasn’t had a top 25 since February, and I’d be worried about the putt over the last nine on Sunday. He hasn’t won either the PGA Tour or the European Tour since 2015, when he won the prestigious BMW PGA Championship, but he won’t be afraid to compete with anyone in this pack at the Sunday closing.

3. Rickie Fowler (-10) – Difficult final for Fowler after shooting 32 on the first nine on Saturday (he and An shot a better 61 ball, by the way). He had a real chance to return to the tournament at the back but passed out at home. The silver lining here is that maybe it isn’t a bad thing for him. He’s going to be running from behind, which is often how he wins, and he’s been doing well this week so far at TPC Southwind. I am optimistic about his chances of victory on Sunday despite a weak end.

4. Brooks Koepka (-9) – Koepka did it for a while on Saturday when he had five birdies on his first seven holes of the last nine. A bogey on the No.17 upended the momentum, but he at least gave himself a chance to come back to this event back to back after winning last year. The problem for Koepka remains the putter, where he loses shots on the pitch. His ball hitting was absolutely on point throughout the week, which means it’s not hard to imagine him popping up, shooting 66 and winning again on Sunday – this despite a poor restart of what was an already bad year for the four. -time great champion. A win here would be the ultimate pivot of golf’s ultimate switch-flipper.

5. Justin Thomas (-8) – I tried to tell you that Thomas was going out this weekend. He finished with a 31 on the back nine because he finally started draining putts. He will play with nothing at all to lose on Sunday, which could be unsettling for the last players on the course as they try to hold back his rush. He remains in the top five for strokes won from tee to green this week.

T6. Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chez Reavie (-7) – Quite a round for Mickelson, who has now won hits off the tee in all but one of the rounds and has won hits on his approaches on every round. That is, he doesn’t just hold things up with a smoking putter, which is good news for him both for Sunday and for next week’s PGA Championship at Harding Park, where his accuracy driving will be tested again.


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