It was a wet, rainy day in Georgia, but Henrik Stenson weathered the storm to move one step closer to the FedEx Cup championship.
The tee times for the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake were moved up on Saturday to avoid the inclement weather, and at first it seemed to benefit Stenson, who has played some of the best golf on the PGA Tour over the last two months. After nine holes in the third round, Stenson was four under par for the day, and looked like he could put it on cruise control for the win.
Unfortunately, his excellent play thus far meant that he still teed off in the final grouping on Saturday, and as the rain began to fall, Stenson’s birdie putts stopped doing the same. He made four bogeys and just one bogey on the back nine. Stenson still holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson and a six-shot cushion on Steve Stricker entering Sunday’s final round.
While the TOUR Championship may not necessarily be over, the race for the FedEx Cup, in all likelihood, appears to be. Stenson came to Atlanta in the top five, guaranteeing him the season title with a victory. Even in a scenario where Stenson blows up a bit on Sunday, Stricker and Zach Johnson (currently seven back of the lead) would need to make up the difference and win. As well as Stenson has been playing, his only focus needs to be on not giving back strokes with poor decision-making.
That last part would be shocking, as Stenson leads in basically every important statistic this week. Thanks to Saturday’s rough finish, nothing is guaranteed just yet, but look for Stenson to complete his Comeback Player Of The Year bid with a big season championship tomorrow afternoon.