At one point during the third round of the TOUR Championship, Henrik Stenson had amassed a nine-shot lead over the next closest competitor. After struggling in the rain on the back nine, Stenson’s lead was cut to four shots. He finished the day by carding a one under par 69 for the third round which moved him to 11 under for the tournament. Stenson will take a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson into the final round at East Lake. That will be more than enough to allow Stenson to hang on take home the title this week – he’s not going to get caught in the final round.
It seems like bad weather is the only thing that has been able to slow down the Swede over the last few months. He has fought through a bout of wrist tendonitis this week on his way to the 54-hole lead at the FedEx Cup finale. He has overcome still competition from the rest of the field. He’s not going to be denied the TOUR Championship title and the subsequent $10 million check that he will receive as the FedEx Cup champion.
After the front nine, Stenson had a commanding nine-shot lead and looked as if he was going to make this tournament a laugher. As the weather took a turn for the worse so did Stenson’s score. Luckily for him, he had built up such a big lead that he was able to withstand four bogeys over the final nine holes. “It definitely would have been a comfier ride coming back in if it hadn’t started raining,” said Stenson. “It was tough to finish, and I hit a couple of bad shots, and it’s hard to find your rhythm again when you’re out in conditions like these.”
The weather is expected to improve tomorrow and I fully anticipate the sun to be shining on Stenson as he hoists both the TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup trophies.