The leaderboard at Ridgewood Country Club said all it needed to for Martin Laird as he finished his third round. Not only was his name atop the leaderboard for the tournament, but he found himself in another great position as well. The board will occasionally throughout the day show the projected FedEx Cup standings. Laird started the playoffs ranked No. 95 but saw his name at No. 1.
“I didn’t think I’d come in here and move that much,” Laird said. “I caught a glimpse of the projected FedEx Cup and I got a little shock.”
Laird began the second round two shots off the lead held by Jason Day. He got off to a great start on Saturday after landing birdies on four straight holes and ended the day with no bogeys to put him in the lead at The Barclays. He finished the day with a 6-under 65 and now holds a three shot lead over Day and Dustin Johnson.
This will be a huge win for Laird if he can keep his lead and come away with a victory. The 27-year-old would move to No. 1 and assure himself a spot in all four majors next year. Also, it will put him in great shape to contend for the $10 million FedEx Cup payoff.
Johnson is still trying to recover from the two-shot penalty he suffered at the PGA Championship on the final hole that knocked him out of a playoff. Johnson end his day shooting a 64 which keeps him alive heading into Sunday. An eagle on the 13th, followed by consecutive birdies soon after highlighted his round.
“I definitely put myself into the hunt,” Johnson said.
Adam Scott was able to pull out a birdie on the final hole to give a 68 on Saturday, but he is still four shots off the lead and sits alone in fourth place. Six other PGA golfers are tied for fifth.
Laird will be the favorite according to PGA sportsbooks to get the win on Sunday with odds set at 7/4. Johnson has his set at 11/4 while Day is at 11/2. Scott has his set at 8/1.