The week after a high-profile tournament can sometimes be a letdown on the PGA Tour. But with a staunch leaderboard in place through 54 holes, the AT&T Byron Nelson is not hiding in the Players Championship's shadow.
Brooks Koepka — the 19th-ranked player in the world — looked shaky early Saturday, bogeying the first hole after snap-hooking his tee shot. But the Florida State product rebounded with seven birdies after that to claim the lead at 16 under.
Rain has left TPC Four Seasons Resort a little soft, which has made it susceptible to birdies. Behind Koepka, there are 11 more players 10 under or better. Jordan Spieth is his nearest competitor at 14 under after he bogeyed 18.
Here are Sunday's top contenders and what they need to do to win:
Brooks Koepka (-16) — Though he's one of the most talented players on tour, Koepka still only has one win (last year's Phoenix Open). The 26-year-old basher is one of the longest hitters on tour, but he also possesses a deft touch around the green. If he can stave off Spieth, and his nerves, he should earn his second win.
Jordan Spieth (-14) — Despite finding limited success in this event to date, Spieth has a chance to add to his already improbable resume with a strong round Sunday. His long game has been lackluster this season, but his swing looks better right now. An early charge would put pressure on Koepka and get the crowd on his side.
Sergio Garcia (-13) — Garcia came charging out of the gates Saturday, but bogeys on holes 9 and 10 followed by eight straight pars dampened his day. Still, he's just three shots back with a chance to win his first PGA Tour event since 2012.
Matt Kuchar (-13) — Kuchar is starting to heat up. After finishing t-3 last week, he has put together rounds of 65-67-65 to get within three shots of the lead. If he can grow on his bogey-free, 4-under 31 on the back nine Saturday, he could outlast the other talented players ahead of him.
Bud Cauley (-13) — Battling among some of the game's best players, Cauley seems like a minnow in a vast ocean compared with the other names on this list. But the 26-year-old former Alabama star has the game to pull off an upset.