Kevin Chappell, who has yet to win a PGA Tour event, is in a battle for the title at the final event of the season. All he has to do now is go toe-to-toe with the hottest player in the world.
Chappell shot a 2-under 68 to forge a tie with No. 2 Dustin Johnson at the end of 54 holes. Chappell nearly had the outright lead after Johnson double-bogeyed No. 17, but the FedEx Cup leader rallied with a birdie on No. 18.
Chappell shot a 68 on the day, Johnson a 69.Both were beaten on the day by a host of 66s, the most notable by Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore, who both moved to 6-under to close within two strokes of the lead.
If McIlroy should pull out the win and Johnson finish third, McIlroy would take the overall title.
Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel, Emiliano Grillo, and Bubba Watson also all recorded 66s. Watson’s 66 couldn’t have come at a better time; he is trying to impress the Ryder Cup coaches to gain the final spot on the team which will be announced Sunday.
Dufner, meanwhile, quietly moved up to sixth place. After opening the tournament with a 73, he has shot 7-under over the past two days to reach 4-under for the tournament.
Dufner quietly had his best year since his breakout 2013 season, in which he won the PGA Championship. Last year’s Tour Championship winner and FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth unofficially eliminated himself with his second straight 2-over 72 on Saturday.
Spieth is at 2-over for the tournament, 10 strokes off the lead and tied for 18th.