- Associated Press - Monday, September 6, 2010

NORTON, MASS. (AP) - The Deutsche Bank Championship isn’t the only thing at stake on Labor Day.

Jason Day has a one-shot lead going into the final round _ the only scheduled Monday finish on the PGA Tour _ thanks to a routine birdie on the par-5 18th hole that didn’t get nearly as loud of a cheer as Brandt Snedeker chipping in for par.

Day shot a 5-under 66 and tied the 54-hole record at the TPC Boston of 17-under 196. He will play in the final group with Snedeker, whose amazing par gave him a 67, for the second straight day.

For so many others, the Deutsche Bank offers much more.

Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson have a chance to get to No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time in their careers, and while Stricker was closer to the lead, Mickelson had more scenarios of replacing Tiger Woods.

Woods is 10 shots out of the lead after a 69 in the third round Sunday. It’s the third straight tournament he has been at least nine shots behind going into the final round, so winning is out of the question. And while Woods playfully called out to Ryder Cup assistant captain Davis Love III, “Will you pick me?” he is virtually certain to be one of the four captain’s picks on Tuesday.

As for the others?

Monday could go a long way toward players making one last pitch, even if no one has distinguished himself. Among the 14 players that captain Corey Pavin had on a white sheet of paper, Ryan Palmer in a tie for 18th _ nine shots back _ is the first name on the leaderboard.

And then there’s the FedEx Cup playoffs, with the top 70 in the standings moving on to Chicago next week, one tournament closer to the season-ending Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million prize.

Among those on the bubble are Vijay Singh, who made an albatross in the third round, and Andres Romero, who was tied for 10th in a tournament that he wouldn’t even be at except for a 40-foot birdie putt he made on the last hole of the previous tournament.

Also still with an outside shot: Padraig Harrington, who missed the cut, although he would need a lot of help.

Day is only concerned with one thing.

“I think the biggest thing for me is to commit to the shot that needs to be hit and not standing up there and second-guessing myself,” he said. “Because the moment I do that, the moment the ball starts to go a little wide, especially with the driver. I need to try and give myself as much birdie chances out there as possible. I think that’s the key (Monday).”

He has the lead, but not control.

Not with Snedeker only one shot behind, followed by Luke Donald of England at 15-under 198. Donald is far more relaxed knowing that he has been picked for Europe’s Ryder Cup team, also he figures a victory would quash any debate on whether he was the right pick.

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