Former Cal golfer Collin Morikawa had a superb third round at the BMW Championship on Saturday to put himself in position to claim his first PGA Tour title of the season.

Morikawa carded seven birdies against a single bogey on the Wilmington (Delaware) Country Club South Course for a 65-under par.

That puts him just three shots behind leader Patrick Cantlay, who is alone at 12 under par. round by 6 to 65.

Morikawa is tied for sixth behind Cantlay, Xander Schauffel (11), Scott Stallings (11), Adam Scott (10) and Scottie Scheffler (10). Tied with Morikawa at 9 under is Aaron Wise.

Morikawa has virtually secured a spot at next week's TOUR Championship, the third and final leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He is projected to be 15th in the Cup

standings with one round to go this week and the top 30 in the Cup standings will advance to the TOUR Championship.

An $18 million bonus awaits the winner of the FedEx Cup. Morikawa would like to maintain his current position in the top 15 as it will benefit his chances next week.

The top seed in the TOUR Championship starts next week's chase for the FedEx Cup at 10 under, the second seed starts at 8 under, third at 7 under, fourth at 6 under and fifth at 5 under.