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Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, waits to putt on the sixth hole during the third round of play in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta, on Saturday.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
ATLANTA - Henrik Stenson was so flawless that he built a nine-shot lead at the turn Saturday in the Tour Championship.
Four bogeys in the rain on the back nine at East Lake put him right back where he started the day and injected some hope for Dustin Johnson and a few other players.
"I think I'll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather is not that bright at the moment," said Stenson, who was at 11-under 199. "Started the day with a four-shot lead and I still got it. So that's all that matters really."
Stenson made two bogeys on the last three holes - he made a 12-foot par putt on the other - and had to settle for a 1-under 69. That gave him a four-shot lead over Johnson going into the final day of the PGA Tour season.
This is far from over - not only the Tour Championship, but the FedEx Cup.
Stenson was at 11-under 199, and everyone except for Johnson (7-under 203) and Steve Stricker (5-under 205) were within six shots of him.
Johnson made two late birdies and two solid pars, getting up-and-down after a close call with the water on the 17th, and then making a 30-foot par save on the last hole for a 67 that put him in the last group and gave him a chance to see who he was chasing.
Stenson is still in great shape to go home with a lot of money - $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup, $1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship. Even if he were to finish third, he still would be in good shape to win the FedEx Cup.
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed, didn't make a birdie until he chipped in on the 14th hole. He rallied for a 69, the first time he has broken par all week. Woods was at 3-over 213, 14 shots behind in a tie for 26th.
Singh shoots 66 to move into second in Hawaii
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Vijay Singh shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to move into second place after the second round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.
Singh, playing his first event on the Champions Tour, moved within one shot of overnight leader Mark Wiebe, who had a 69 Saturday after opening with a 64. Singh carded a 69 in the first round. The three-time major champion and former world No. 1 had six birdies in his bogey-free second round.
Corey Pavin (68) and Brian Henninger (67) were three shots back in a tie for third place, while Sandy Lyle (70) and John Cook (66) were a further stroke back.
Fredericksburg player leads VSGA Mid-Amateur
POWHATAN - Jon Hurst of Fredericksburg shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a three-shot lead in the Virginia State Golf Association Mid-Amateur at The Foundry Golf Club.
Brandon LaCroix of Roanoke and Keith Decker of Martinsville, who both struggled in the first round with over-par scores, rallied in the second round. LaCroix shot 69 and Decker shot 70, and now both are in a four-way tie for 10th at 1-over-par 145.
Justin Young is two shots farther back after a 76, and Barry Wirt Jr. shot a 75, but did make the 49-player cut for today's final round.
Sullivan earns another point as U.S. team extends PGA Cup lead
NORTHUMBERLAND, England - The U.S. team extended its lead in the second day of the PGA Cup, outscoring the team from Great Britian and Ireland 4 1⁄2 to 3 1⁄2.
That increases the U.S. lead to 10.5 to 5.5. The Americans need just 2.5 points in singles play to claim the cup.
Hanging Rock Golf Club head professional Chip Sullivan and partner Mark Sheftic, the head teaching professional at Merion Golf Club, defeated Graham Fox and David Callaway the GB&I team, 3 and 2.
Sullivan will face Nicolas Brennan of Ireland in his singles match. Sullivan's record is 2-1 so far this weekend.
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