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Golf: Rahm, Smith share Northern Trust lead ahead of postponed final round

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Golf: Rahm, Smith share Northern Trust lead ahead of postponed final round
Cameron Smith of Australia walks to the 17th green in the first round of the 2021 Northern Trust on Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Favorite Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith share the lead through three rounds of the 2021 Northern Trust golf tournament. The final round was postponed to Monday, due to a tropical storm's impact on Jersey City, N.J.

"If you can put the ball in the fairway or even sometimes in the rough, the greens are soft enough to where you can be aggressive," Rahm told reporters Saturday.

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Rahm and Smith each sit at 16-under par for the tournament, which is the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. Rahm also held at least a share of the lead after the first and second rounds.

The PGA Tour said the fourth round, originally scheduled for Sunday, tees off at 10:30 a.m. EDT Monday in Jersey City.

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Smith carded an 11-under par 60 to jump up 24 spots in the leaderboard to tie Rahm for first Saturday at Liberty National Golf Club.

Rahm carded consecutive 4-under pars in the second and third round to hold onto a share of first place.

South Africa's Erik van Rooyen is tied for third at 15-under par. World No. 5 Justin Thomas and No. 22 Tony Finau are tied for fourth at 14-under par through three rounds.

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No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. 3 Collin Morikawa each missed the third-round cut. No. 4 Xander Schauffele is tied for 11th at 11-under par.

PGA Tour officials announced the postponement Saturday, with the final round first expected to resume at 7:30 a.m. EDT Monday. Spectators are no longer allowed to attend.

The Top 125 players in the FedExCup rankings qualified for the Northern Trust. They will compete for a total prize purse of $9.5 million, with the winner to receive $1.7 million.

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The Top 65 scores and ties after two rounds advanced to the third and fourth rounds.

The Top 70 golfers in the FedExCup Cup standings after the Northern Trust advance to next week's BMW Championship. The Top 30 in the standings after the BMW Championship advance to the PGA Tour Championship, the season finale.

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