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Snedeker, Rose co-lead at Tour Championship

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 07: Jeff Klauk hits hit tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 7, 2009 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)  - 

Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose find their names atop a crowded leaderboard entering the final round of the season's final playoff event.

Snedeker fired the round of the day, a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 in which he hit 17/18 greens in regulation. Starting the week fifth in the FedEx Cup points standings, Snedeker controls his own destiny and will win the season-long FedEx Cup with a win on Sunday.

Rose recorded his third consecutive round under par, shooting 68 on Saturday and – like Snedeker – made his way around East Lake without a bogey. He enters Sunday's final round alongside Snedeker at 8-under, looking to become the first European player to ever win the Tour Championship.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy shot a 2-under-par 68 in the third round and will begin Sunday at 5-under, just three shots behind the co-leaders. One shot back is a group that includes Tiger Woods – who bounced back from a second-round 73 to shoot 67 on Saturday – Robert Garrigus, Matt Kuchar and Bo Van Pelt.

Second-round leader Jim Furyk remained near the top of the leaderboard until the 17th hole, where a drive into the water resulted in a triple-bogey 7. Furyk, like McIlroy and Masters champion Bubba Watson, will begin Sunday's final round three shots behind the co-leaders.

Despite being a limited-field event, the leaderboard remains bunched entering Sunday as 10 of the 30 players at East Lake will begin the final round within four shots of the lead.