NORTON — Jordan Spieth, the PGA Tour’s boy wonder, just eagled the 18th hole to shoot a final-round 62 and power into a share of second place at the Deutsche Bank Championship, minutes before the horn blew, signifying a weather delay.
Spieth finished birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle, rolling in a 23-footer at the last to match the low round of the week. It might not be enough — Henrik Stenson currently has a three-shot lead — but if the weather turns and the conditions get tougher, anything’s possible.
If nothing else, the 62 should nail down a spot on the Presidents Cup team for Spieth. He came into the week 26th on the points list (only the top 10 qualify), but has probably done enough to be named a captain’s pick by Fred Couples, who will announce his two selections Wednesday.
Spieth started his rookie season on the PGA Tour with no playing status, but played well enough to get unlimited sponsor exemptions, then won the John Deere Classic in a playoff. This would be his eighth top-10 finish on the season.
Play was halted at 2:07 p.m., with the final threesome of Stenson, Sergio Garcia, and Graham DeLaet on the ninth hole. Stenson birdied No. 8 just before play was suspended to reach 20 under.
Rain has returned to TPC Boston, but the weather hasn’t suspended final-round play at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The final group of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Graham DeLaet has played six holes, and there has been a change at the top of the leaderboard. Garcia started the round with a two-shot lead; but thanks to three straight birdies — and a pair of sloppy bogeys by Garcia — Stenson has jumped in front by one stroke.
Stenson has birdied Nos. 4-6 and is 19 under par, the same score that Garcia started the day at. But the Spaniard bogeyed the par-5 second hole (fourth-easiest on the week), then bogeyed No. 4 (second-easiest) to fall out of the lead.
Roberto Castro had the lead briefly when Garcia stumbled, but fell out of the top spot with a bogey at No. 6.
The final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship is off and running after a 90-minute weather delay.
Play began at 9:30 a.m., with threesomes using a split-tee start off Nos. 1 and 10. Preferred lies (players able to lift, clean, and place their golf balls in the fairway) is in effect for the second straight day. The final pairing of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Graham DeLaet has a start time of 11:30 a.m.
Garcia leads at 19 under, by two over Stenson and three over DeLaet and Steve Stricker. The Spaniard is looking for his ninth PGA Tour win, but with five chasers within four shots of his lead, it won’t be easy. The last 54-hole leader to win the Deutsche Bank Championship was Stricker, in 2009.
Expect low scores for the fourth round, much like the first three. Morning rain has soaked the course, which has been drenched for much of the tournament. Soft greens have given players the green light to take dead aim, and scores reflect that: There have been 12 rounds of 62, 63, and 64 at TPC Boston.
The course record is 61. Does someone have that in them today? If so, it just might produce a victory.