Schwartzel kept pace with the USA’s best during round three on Saturday, carding 69 at Conway Farms Golf Club to share sixth on eight-under-par, one shot back from Tiger Woods.
The South African headed into the weekend tied for fourth and kept the leaders just within his sights with a moving day 69. He needs to go deep on Sunday and Conway Farms is offering up plenty of birdies. The extra precipitation from Sunday's storms will make the greens very receptive and Schwartzel must capitalize with his pin-point irons.
Jim Furyk leads on 13-under-par after carding a Friday 59. He held on with a Saturday 69 while Brandt Snedeker shot 64 to take up second place.
The scores are out there and Schwartzel is playing well, but he needs to produce a huge round on Sunday to have a chance at winning.
The Masters champion from Vereeniging began the week ranked 29th in FedExCup points and needed a good result to stay within the top 30 and progress to the Tour Championship. Rounds of 66, 70, 69 have secured his place among the frontrunners and now Sunday looms.
Compatriot Rory Sabbatini was also in the mix after shooting 66 for the third round, a score which boosted him to tied eighth on seven-under-par. The 37-year-old has made the first round of the playoffs every year since its inception and knows how to dig deep, as he showed during the third round.
Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge heads into the final round tied for 18th on four-under. Currently ranked 26th in FedExCup points, the big man needs a top-20 result to progress. A sub-par Sunday should do the trick.