Date: September 11, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Scott chasing DJ at Indiana

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As world No. 2 Dustin Johnson seized control of  the BMW Championship today, Australia's Adam Scott made two birdies to finish the third round to move into the top five.

Scott equalled the day's low round with a 67 to reach 11-under, and he will go into the final round seven shots from the lead held by Johnson, with only an outside chance. 

But both Scott and fellow-Queenslander Jason Day are projected to rank third and fourth in the points rankings going to the Tour Championship in Atlanta in just over a week, meaning that they are in with a great chance of winning the $US 10 million bonus pool at East Lake.

Tomorrow's final round of the BMW at Crooked Stick in Indiana will determine whether they remain in that position and keep their chances of becoming the first Aussie to win the Fedex Cup in its 10-year history.

 After the BMW Championship, the third of four playoff events, the points are reset and just 30 players go to Atlanta. The top five players on the points table are guaranteed that if they win the Tour Championship, they will also win the Fedex Cup.

 Scott has not won a tournament since March but he has been rock solid, finishing fourth in each of the first two playoff events, and he was outstanding today with two closing birdies at the 17th and 18th for a 67 that push him into the top five in the tournament.

 The Queenslander made three consecutive birdies on the front nine including a bombed 15-metre putt at the par-four seventh, then hit it close at the last two holes to pick up more shots. His round was bogey-free and he will start tomorrow's final round just four shots from the lead.

 "Nice way to finish, but looks like I've got plenty of work tomorrow, too,'' he said. "It was good today because I felt more solid on the greens. I didn't make them all but they were much better putts. The first two days, I was really struggling from hole-to-hole, feeling the confidence with the putter, but today was really good. I fixed my posture, hopefully I take that into tomorrow and make everything.''

Scott remains focussed on the season's final tournament as well.  "Staying in the top five would be ideal and win solves everything at East Lake,'' he said. 

Day carded a third-round 71 to be tied-21st overall at five-under par, out of contention. Meanwhile Johnson, the US Open winner, Is the man to beat after making four birdies in the last five holes for a 68 and a three-shot lead. He is projected to vault into the No. 1 slot in the Fedex Cup table. 

Both Day and Scott have committed to returning to Australia for the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney in November, joining Jordan Spieth in the spectacular field.

Of the other Australians in the BMW field, Aaron Baddeley and Marc Leishman are both well back and needing something spectacular to have any chance of reaching the Tour Championship.