Casey hits ea­gle on 18th, takes lead by 3

Weather fore­cast means last round to­day will be ‘about sur­vival,’ Har­man says

Baltimore Sun - - NASCAR PGA TOUR - By Doug Ferguson

NOR­TON, MASS. — Paul Casey looked at the leader­board late in the third round Sun­day and saw a lot more names in the mix than he re­al­ized. He took care of that with a 3-iron within 30 inches on the fi­nal hole for an ea­gle and a three-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship.

Then he looked at the fore­cast, and re­al­ized his work was just start­ing.

Casey made birdie and ea­gle over his last three holes for a 5-un­der 66, giv­ing him a three-shot lead over Brian Har­man­go­ing into the La­bor Day fin­ish as he tries to win on the PGA Tour for the first time in seven years.

Only five play­ers were within five shots of Casey, who was at 15-un­der 198.

Rory McIl­roy (66) and Louis Oosthuizen (64), who staged a duel at the TPC Boston four years ago, were six shots be­hind. It was dif­fi­cult to count any­one out with a fore­cast of 35 mph wind and burst of show­ers from the rem­nants of Her­mine due in New Eng­land.

Start­ing times have been moved­for­ward to give the tour­na­ment the best chance of fin­ish­ing.

“I don’t think any­one’s com­pletely pre­pared for to­mor­row,” Har­man said af­ter his 66. “It’s more about sur­vival and just do­ing the best you can.”

Har­man will be in the fi­nal group with Casey and Smylie Kauf­man (68), who was in the group at 11-un­der 202 along with PGA cham­pion Jimmy Walker (70) and Kevin Chap­pell, who had the lead go­ing into the back nine un­til hit­ting a tee shot into a divot that led to dou­ble bo­gey on No. 12. Chap­pell shot 71.

“To be sit­ting here at 66, I’m ob­vi­ously over the moon,” Casey said. “Even with the great ball-strik­ing, I found it dif­fi­cult at the be­gin­ning, but to turn it around and have a lot of looks for birdies and makeafew­to­comein, it’s been great.”

Chap­pell, still look­ing for his first PGA Tour vic­tory, made­abirdie at the10th to get to 13 un­der un­til he went at the flag from the divot in the 12th fair­way. He came up short in the haz­ard, tried to play out of the na­tive scrub and went over the green and wound up with a dou­ble bo­gey.

“I said yes­ter­day that at some point in time dur­ing the next 36 holes, I was go­ing to be hit with ad­ver­sity,” Chap­pell said. “Felt like I hung in there and fin­ished with six straight pars from not-the-best po­si­tion. So that’s what I’m go­ing to choose to look at, and hope­fully to­mor­row I can get the ball in po­si­tion and try to make some birdies.”

Casey made his at the right time, and his ea­gle at the 18th sent him home with a smile.

He­had 232 yards to the hole with the wind com­ing in and out from the left. The wind picked up and his cad­die, John McLaren, stepped in and called him off. The wind died slightly, and the fun wasn’t over.

“It looked left,” Casey said about his shot. “And then the wind gusted and it went right. And af­ter that, I was happy it got over.”

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