TOUR Championship: Steve Stricker Needs To Go Low To Spoil Henrik Stenson’s March To FedEx Cup

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All this week, it’s looked like Henrik Stenson has been on a victory march towards a TOUR Championship victory and the $10 million bonus that goes with winning the FedEx Cup season title. While that’s still likely the case, this tournament is anything but over.

Stenson struggled at East Lake when rains moved in on his back nine, and he made four bogeys to go with just one bogey, giving up three strokes of his lead and letting several players back into contention. Perhaps the most dangerous among them is Steve Stricker.

Yes, Stricker is six shots back of Stenson, and two behind Dustin Johnson, who came into the TOUR Championship just on the line in 30th place but has played one of the best tournaments of his year. However, if Stenson’s troubles continue on Sunday, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the FedEx Cup could be up for grabs late Sunday afternoon.

Stricker has led the field in driving accuracy thus far in Atlanta, and has taken advantage of several scoring opportunities, with five birdies in the first and third rounds, and four in the second. He fell behind with some missed greens on Friday, but he’s still tied for eighth in the field in putts per green in regulation. If he can get his iron play a little bit tighter and give himself some better looks on Sunday, a score around 65 could put some serious pressure on Stenson to not give back any shots.

With Tiger Woods out of the picture, Stricker, who came into the championship in sixth place, would still win the FedEx Cup if he could accomplish the stunning come-from-behind victory. Players have come back from four or more shots behind on several occasions this year, so with nothing to lose, look for an exciting finale to the 2013 season.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.


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