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Cheat Sheet: What you need to know for Sunday in golf

August 31, 2013

Sergio Garcia reacts after making an eagle putt on 18. Photo: Jim Rogash

Is Sergio making a major FedEx move?

Sergio Garcia normally skips the second week of the FedEx playoffs, but sitting in 55th place after the Barclays, there was no guarantee he would be around to play the BMW if he did so this year. Now, after a second-round 64 -- a round that featured an eagle on the closing hole -- not only does Garcia look to be a lock to finish among the top 70 in the standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship, he could suddenly be thrust into the title conversation. With a win in Boston, Garcia would move up 52 spots to third place; trailing only Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. Incidentally, Garcia was having a stellar season before some less-than-stellar comments about Tiger Woods derailed him. Imagine the made-for-TV drama that would ensue with a Tiger/Sergio face-off in the Tour Championship.

Rocco a top-10 money winner on the Champions tour?

While the PGA Tour will finish up on Labor Day this week, the senior circuit is on a normal weekend schedule, and one man has been leading the way since the first round of the Shaw Charity Classic. After eagling two of the final four holes on Friday, Rocco Mediate took a one-stroke lead into the weekend -- a lead he would extend to two strokes with a Saturday 64. Now the Champions Tour rookie is in line for his second win of 2013 -- one that would catapult him into the top-10 money winners on tour.

Cantlay punching his ticket to the PGA Tour?

One week after former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay missed his chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card at the Cox Classic in Omaha, he's looking like a man who's not going to make the same mistake twice. Sitting in the top 25 on the Tour money list heading into last week's event, he fell out of a guaranteed card to 29th place and now must fight Nos. 26-75, as well as Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, for the last 25 cards in the four-event Tour Finals series. Following a two-eagle, six-birdie performance to take a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Hotel Fitness Championship, the 21-year-old is solidifying his chances of being one of those deserving 25.