ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker is one hole away from winning the FedExCup after coming up with a unexpected birdie at the 17th hole to open a four-shot edge in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Snedeker chipped in from 29 feet for the birdie that moved him to 11 under. His drive had ricocheted off the grandstand on the right side of the fairway but he put his second shot just over the left greenside bunker to set the stage for the dramatic 3.
His playing partner, Justin Rose, was in the fairway bunker and came up short of the green. He chipped 15 feet by and missed the putt, so he dropped back into a tie for second at 7 under with Ryan Moore.
ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker two-putted from 24 feet for birdie at the 15th hole to regain the lead at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Minutes later, Ryan Moore fell behind by two when he was unable to get up and down for par from the greenside bunker at No. 16. Moore blasted out well short and left his 18-footer to save par dead in the hole, about 2 inches short.
Snedeker's 15-inch tap-in at the 15th had moved him to 10 under and Moore dropped back to 8 under with the bogey. Moore is tied with Snedeker's playing partner Justin Rose, who also made birdie at the par-5 15th.
ATLANTA -- Ryan Moore has pulled even with Brandt Snedeker with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.
Moore, who had to play his way into the top 30 at the BMW Championship, made a 13-footer at No. 14 and got up and down for another at the par-5 15th.
He and Snedeker, who is playing a group behind, are both 9 under for the tournament. Snedeker is still projected to win the FedExCup while Moore can potentially move to third.
ATLANTA -- The par-3 18th gets a lot of attention due to the unusual finish. But the final three holes at East Lake are certainly no bargain -- and two currently rank among the three hardest of the day.
The 16th, a 481-yard par 4, clocks in as the third hardest right now. It has relinquished just two birdies and nine pars while giving up 10 bogeys and one double.
The 17th, where Bill Haas made that memorable up-and-down from the water beside the green in winning last year's FedExCup, is a 470-yard par 4. It ranks seventh right now with two birdies, 12 pars, five bogeys and one double.
The iconic 18th, a 235-yard poke to a tiny green, is Sunday's second hardest hole. There have been two birdies, nine pars, seven bogeys and two double bogeys so far.
And just for the record, which one is the hardest? Well, that would be No. 6 where Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods all made water-logged double bogeys.
ATLANTA -- The 13th wasn't certainly unlucky for Brandt Snedeker on Sunday.
The affable Tennessean just rolled in an 18-footer for birdie on the 442-yard par 4 that enabled him to open a two-stroke lead over Ryan Moore and Justin Rose. He did a spinning fist-pump of a celebration when it found the bottom of the cup.
Five holes now stand between Snedeker and the FedExCup -- and his fourth PGA TOUR victory. He'd be $11.44 million richer and have his second win of the 2012 season.
ATLANTA -- With a 17-footer for birdie at the 11th hole, Ryan Moore has closed the gap to one shot in his quest to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Brandt Snedeker still leads the tournament, though, and he has one shot to give in terms of the all-important FedExCup competition, too.
If Snedeker wins, he's guaranteed the FedExCup. But he can also win it with solo second, as long as Rory McIlroy doesn't get into a three-way tie for fourth -- and there are other scenarios, as well.
McIlroy is currently in a two-way tie for 10th at 1 under with Tiger Woods. The two, who came into the TOUR Championship ranked 1-2, respectively, in the FedExCup, need to make up eight stokes to win the $10 million bonus.
Brandt Snedeker holes a 40-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 eighth hole.
ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker now leads by two after draining a 40-footer for birdie at the eighth hole.
He's back to 8 under, which is where he started the day. Ryan Moore, who is even par for the day, and Justin Rose, who is 2 over, are tied for second.
Jim Furyk is alone in fourth at 5 under while Bubba Watson is another stroke back in sixth.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy isn't helping his FedExCup hopes right now.
The Northern Irishman, who started the week ranked first, just made the turn at 4 over and he has yet to hit a fairway on the front nine. He’s fallen to 1 under and into a tie for 11th.
McIlroy has shot in the 60s in his last 11 rounds -- a streak that appears in danger on Sunday.
Tiger Woods made his first birdie of the day at the ninth hole, but he followed with another bogey at No. 10 and he’s 4 over for the day and even for the tournament. He currently stands third in the FedExCup projections.
Woods has only hit two of his first eight fairways and just five of 10 greens in regulation.