Adam Scott and Jason Day are clinging to top-five Fedex Cup positions despite dropping down the leaderboard on on the second day of the BMW Championship in Indiana today, the penultimate tournament of the US PGA Tour season.
Scott (six-under) is eight shots back from the lead after his third-round 69 on a day when Dustin Johnson made his charge with a 63. Day (four-under) is 10 shots back after a 67, and is still projected second on the points table behind Patrick Reed of the United States, while Scott is fifth.
Both Australians have a chance of going to the Tour Championship in the sweet spot for the $US 10 million bonus prize after great seasons.
There is a reset of the points after the BMW Championship that ensures that the top five are all guaranteed of winning the bonus pool if they win the Tour Championship in Atlanta. No one outside the top five has a chance of winning.
No Australian has ever won the Fedex Cup in its 10 years.
Of the other Aussies in the field at Crooked Stick, Marc Leishman (five-over) appears to be headed home and will almost certainly miss the Tour Championship, which is for the top 30 players on the points table, while Aaron Baddeley is two-under and still has a chance if he can produce his best golf over the weekend.
Johnson picked up two eagles in his course record second round, using a new putter that has turned around his form. He shares the lead with American Roberto Castro at 14-under par.