Jason Day and Sang-Moon Bae share The Barclays lead after 54 holes at Plainfield Country Club.
Both Jason and Sang-Moon posted third rounds of -7 under par 63, to tie the lead at The Barclays with -11 under par totals after the third round.
Jason told reporters that he was not expecting to shoot 63 today, although Justin Rose had a 64 earlier in the day;
“Even so, I didn’t expect to go out there and shoot 63, but at the end of the day, I just kept on pushing. I knew that the scores were out there.”
“But to be able to have Sang-Moon get off to a good start, and he hit it great all day, we are all kind of feeding off each other, drafting off each other today.”
“He played some fantastic golf tee-to-green, very solid and had a good day on the greens, as well.”
Sang-Moon, with a victory here, would most likely move into the top 10 of the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup, but things are complicated. The South Korean government has ordered him home to serve a mandatory two-year stint in the military, and he does not know if they will let him play in The Presidents Cup, which is being held in Seoul;
“I hope so, that is my country, so I really want to play in Korea.”
“”I have a really tough situation right now, I don’t think about it anymore actually, I have to go back.”
“So that is a few weeks later. So I just want to play good golf this week and really want to play Presidents Cup in my country.”
“I hope to play well tomorrow and Mr. Nick Price can pick me up.”
Bubba Watson is in third place, alone at -10 under par, a fairly average -3 under par 67 saw him knocked off the top spot today.
Justin Rose, -7 under 65 today, explained his slow start to this tournament;
“I put a lot of effort into the majors this year and coming into the Playoffs, I kind of felt like I was dragging a bit.”
“Tuesday was a struggle; Wednesday was a struggle; Thursday was a struggle. My body hurt, everything hurt. I just had nothing in the tank.”
“Obviously I think coming out Friday with nothing to lose, and just shifting my mindset, having to shoot low to make the cut kind of changed things.”
“I started to see some birdies go in and your confidence starts getting going and suddenly the body doesn’t hurt anymore.”
“It’s a great learning lesson, or you re-learn lessons sometimes, and shows you’re never out of the tournament.”