Lucas Glover won’t do much scoreboard watching until his final nine holes on Sunday. Taylor Moore will be keeping tabs on Glover and everyone else trying to win the PGA Tour’s first FedEx Cup playoff event Sunday.
The two sit atop the FedEx St. Jude Championship leaderboard heading into the final round in Memphis. Behind them is a slew of golf’s biggest names. Glover is 14 under par and Moore sits one shot behind.
Of the 10 golfers who are five shots within Glover’s lead, all are in the top 35 in the World Golf Rankings. Glover and Moore are both outside the top 50.
“They’re coming,” Glover said. “The best players in the world are right behind me. We’ll see where we stand on the turn, maybe. I won’t have too much interest until late.”
Moore is confident. He shot 66 in each of the first two rounds and finished with a 65 on Saturday.
“Really pleased with my start,” he said. “Looking forward to being in the final group tomorrow with Lucas.”
Glover is trying to keep things in perspective. This isn’t a usual position for the 43-year-old, but he has been playing some of his best golf the past month or so.
Just last week, he secured his first win in two years at the Wyndham Championship. He’s projected to jump to third in the FedEx Cup playoff standings if he wins at TPC Southwind. The uptick in performance has even raised his standards.
Glover called his day “scrappy,” and admitted that in some parts of his performance, you can “remove the ‘s.’ “
“Three months ago, if you told me I’d be mad at 66, I would have told you that you’re crazy, so splitting hairs,” he said, “but it was a little bit of smoking mirrors today.”
Tommy Fleetwood, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are in the group sitting within striking distance.
Moore and Glover have been consistent, but the course could play differently. Sunday is expected to be the hottest day of the tournament, with the high temperature forecast at 96 degrees.
Glover, drenched in sweat after Saturday’s round to the point that his white polo shirt looked almost gray, believes he can finish strong. He noted that he has been “knocking on the door” before he won last week, and now he’s in position to secure one of the biggest wins in his career.
“Just hydrate, rest and come out guns blazing,” said Glover, who won the U.S. Open in 2009. “There’s going to be some birdies tomorrow. Everybody is coming after the same thing, so you got to be ready.”
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: FedEx St. Jude Championship Lucas Glover, Taylor Moore lead