Paul Casey Leads the TOUR Championship

The UK’s Paul Casey, a full-time player on the PGA Tour, took a two-shot lead today after three rounds in the season-ending TOUR Championship at East Lake in Atlanta with a 5-under par 65 and a three-round total of 12-under par 198. Although 40-year old Casey has had a good career in pro golf, and has been in contention to win so many PGA Tour tournaments, he has won only one, and that eight years ago. He has been playing better this year, with eight top ten finishes and three top five finishes. But he has had some history of leading tournaments and collapsing in the last round.

Two players are tied for second place at a 200 stroke total: Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele. Brooks Koepke, Patrick Reed, and Justin Thomas are five strokes back of Casey at 203. Kisner shot 64, the day’s low round, and Schauffele shot 65.

The TOUR Championship is limited to the only thirty players who have the best point totals in the year-long FedEx Cup Playoffs. Players have been amassing FedEx Cup points throughout the year in the various PGA Tour tournaments. Then they have been playing four FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments within tournaments. Both competitions will end tomorrow. If Casey wins the TOUR Championship tomorrow, he will be crowned the FedEx Playoff champ as well and win $10 million just for it. If not, several players are in the running to win the FedEx.

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