Prior to the final round of the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Mark Carnevale from PGA TOUR Radio on PGATOUR.COM and SiriusXM speaks with Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker.
By PGA TOUR staff
ATLANTA -- By now, we all know that Henrik Stenson will win the FedExCup if he goes on to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. But here are some other scenarios to ponder as the afternoon progresses.
>>> If Henrik Stenson falls to second and Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar or Steve Stricker pass him, they will win the FedExCup.
>>> Dustin Johnson can win the FedExCup if he wins the TOUR Championship and:
Stenson finishes in a 3-way tie for sixth, Woods drops to 29th, Scott finishes tied for fourth or worse, Zach Johnson finishes tied for third or worse, Kuchar finishes in a 3-way tie for second or worse AND Stricker finishes tied for second or worse
>>> If Steve Stricker wins the TOUR Championship and Woods finishes tied for second or worse, Stricker wins the FedExCup.
>>> Justin Rose can win the FedExCup if he wins the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and:
Woods finishes in a 3-way tie for third or worse, Stenson finishes third or worse, Scott finishes tied for second or worse AND Zach Johnson finishes tied for second or worse.
>>> If Zach Johnson finishes third at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, he can win the FedExCup if:
Woods finishes tied for 13th or worse, Stenson finishes tied for fifth or worse, Scott finishes in a three-way tie for third or worse, Kuchar finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse AND Stricker finishes tied for second or worse.
>>> If Tiger Woods finishes solo 13th, Stenson drops to solo fifth and Zach Johnson finishes third they will be in a three-way tie for the FedExCup, forcing a sudden death playoff.
>>> If Tiger Woods finishes solo 21st and Stenson drops to solo sixth, they will tie for the FedExCup, forcing a sudden death playoff.
>>> Matt Kuchar can finish second at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and win the FedExCup if:
Woods finishes in a three-way tie for fourth or worse, Stenson finishes in a three-way tie for third or worse, Scott finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse, Zach Johnson finishes tied for second or worse and Stricker, DaLaet, Mickelson, Rose and Snedeker finish second or worse.
>>> Steve Stricker can finish second at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and win the FedExCup if:
Woods finishes tied for ninth or worse, Stenson finishes in a three-way tie for fourth or worse, Scott finishes tied for third or worse AND Zach Johnson finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.
ATLANTA -- Saturday's weather worries have evaporated and abundant sunshine has filled the skies above East Lake Golf Club for the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Eight-tenths of an inch of rain fell Saturday afternoon, beginning as the leaders hit the back nine. The rainfall was heavy at tiems and ended about 6 p.m. -- about four hours after play, which had been moved up in anticipation of the bad weather, was completed.
Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 70s and the winds will be calm in the 5-10 mph range.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- The season-long competition for the FedExCup has now come down to a mere 18 holes on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.
Win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and Henrik Stenson, who leads by four, will earn the $10 million bonus as well as the tournament's $1.44 million first prize. The Waterford crystal and gleaming silver Tiffany trophy will look pretty darn good in his Orlando home, too.
The Swede, who will start the final round at 11 under, came to East Lake ranked second to Tiger Woods in the FedExCup -- one of five players who could earn the hefty bonus with a TOUR Championship win. He's making his debut in the Playoffs finale and trying to join Bill Haas (2011) as the only players to pick up the dual victories in their first appearances.
Stenson, though, has a reasonable chance to win should he even finish in the top three. And he could finish as low as a two-way tie for sixth to have a mathematical shot.
But Stenson isn't sweating the possibilities. He's just focused on building a lead that reached nine strokes on Saturday before he bogeyed three of his last five holes --- the rest will take care of itself.
"It's going to be up to the other guys to try and catch up," Stenson said. "If I can keep the ball in play and keep on giving myself chances, you know, I'm not the one who has to make the extra birdies."
TOP FIVE: Woods would need the comeback of all comebacks to win the FedExCup for the third time. He's 14 strokes behind and tied for 26th. ... Adam Scott, who was so ill he needed an IV before he teed off, started Saturday's third round four strokes behind Stenson. The Aussie, who counts the Masters in his two TOUR wins this year, shot 74 in the third round and has fallen back into a tie for 10th, nine strokes behind Stenson. ... Zach Johnson, who came to East Lake ranked fourth in the FedExCup after his win Monday at the BMW Championship, is tied for fourth at 4 under. He can still earn the FedExCup if he overtakes Stenson on Sunday. ... No. 5 Matt Kuchar has struggled this week and finds himself 25th at 2 over and 13 strokes behind Stenson.
BIGGEST MOVERS: Dustin Johnson came to East Lake as the last man in at No. 30 in the FedExCup. He's 7 under and four strokes off Stenson's lead, which has boosted Johnson 23 spots in the rankings. He has a mathematical shot to win the FedExCup with a win in the TOUR Championship, but six other dominoes have to fall. ... Steve Stricker has only moved up three spots in the projections to No. 3 but is now among the five who control their own destiny. Stricker is alone in third at 5 under and can win the FedExCup with a win at the TOUR Championship (to be completely correct, provided Woods finishes out of a two-way tie for second or better).
QUOTABLE: "Of course I want to win two. 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. But I didn't have anything when I came here, so we'll see what we'll leave with." Henrik Stenson
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- As he was playing the 10th hole at East Lake Golf Club during Saturday's third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Dustin Johnson trailed Henrik Stenson by a distant nine strokes.
And just to be clear, Johnson was in second place at the time.
That's how dominant Stenson was over the first 45 holes of the FedExCup Playoffs finale. In fact, the Swede has owned the front nine at East Lake, racking up 13 birdies on that stretch alone, and he made the turn in command at 14 under par.
The back nine, though, has been a different story. Stenson bogeyed three of his last five holes on Saturday to finish at 11 under and Johnson was able to close the gap with a 67 that included a 33 on the back nine.
"Honestly, I didn't (know)," Johnson said when asked about Stenson's once-massive lead. "... I was just trying to get as many looks at birdie as I could and just trying to hole it."
Johnson, who won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, came to East Lake as the last man into the start-studded field of 30. He has a shot at the $10 million bonus but he must earn the come-from-behind victory and have six other scenarios play out.
"I haven't gone that far," Johnson dead-panned when someone mentioned that he was still alive for the big payout. Mathematically, at least.
"I mean, there's so many different ways they could do it, but I think the way they're doing it is good," the big-hitting South Carolinian said. "It's worked pretty well the last few years. It kind of gives everyone a chance.
"So I kind of like it, but I'm going to just go out, do whatever I can to win the golf tournament or to put some pressure on Henrik and see what happens."
Johnson said he felt better about his game this week than he did at the BMW Championship when he three-putted "like 10 times or something." He put in some extra time on the practice green after getting to Atlanta and hit the range with his swing coach, Butch Harmon.
The results were almost immediate. Johnson is one of just four players to shoot in the 60s in each of the first three rounds. He went bogey-free on Friday in posting a 67 and made four birdies and dropped just one shot to par on Saturday.
"When I did miss the fairway, it was just off," Johnson said. "It was on a hole where I could get it on the green from the rough. So it was just a good solid stretch of golf. ... I'm just hitting the ball solid, hitting it where I'm looking.
"If I can keep driving it straight, then I'm going to give him a run tomorrow."