Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stenson closes in on two trophies

ATLANTA — Stepping in from rain that ruined the back end of his round, Henrik Stenson was more interested in looking forward at the Tour Championship.

He still had a four-shot lead, and he was one round from capturing two trophies worth $11.44 million, including the $10 million FedEx Cup.

The Swede just made the final day of the PGA Tour season a little more interesting over the last two hours of a dreary Saturday at East Lake. He had a nine-shot lead at the turn but walked off the 18th green with a three-putt bogey and his lead back to where it was at the start of the day.

"Of course, I want to win two," Stenson said after a 1-under 69. "If I can't win two, I'll be very pleased to win one. If I'm winning nothing, it will probably be not so sweet from this position."

Stenson appeared to have both wrapped up when he got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth for a tap-in birdie to reach 14 under, nine shots clear of Dustin Johnson. Everything changed as the rain began to fall.

Stenson made four bogeys on the back nine, it might have been worse if not for a pair of 12-foot putts he made on the 14th hole for bogey and the 17th hole for par. Johnson was five shots better on the back for 67, matching the low round of a tough day.

"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."

Johnson and Steve Stricker, who had a 68 and was at 5-under 205, were the only players within six shots of him. Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed, rallied for a 69 and was at 3-over 213, 14 shots behind.

Champions: Vijay Singh, making his debut on the 50-and-over tour, shot a second-round-best 66 to move within two strokes of leader Mark Wiebe (69, 11-under 133) at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei.