By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Adam Scott was given an IV before teeing off Saturday morning at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after arriving at East Lake under the weather.
Scott, who is in second four shots behind leader Henrik Stenson, felt "heavy" after Friday's round, according to his coach Brad Malone, and his condition worsened after dinner and throughout the night.
"He was tired last night and has a restless night of sleep," Malone said. "Hopefully it was just a quick bug."
When Scott arrived at the course for his 9 a.m. ET tee time, he had a fever and chills before doctors administered fluids for about an hour. The Aussie then hit a few balls on the range before teeing off.
"He feels considerably better than he did when he first got here," Malone added.
Scott is seeking his third win of the season and first FedExCup title.
ATLANTA -- A misty rain was falling as Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwartzel and Boo Weekley teed off on schedule at 7:30 a.m. ET to begin Saturday's third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
The heavier stuff is expected by mid-morning and will continue throughout the afternoon. Thunderstorms are possible, as well, and the rain could be heavy at times.
The conditions will improve into the evening hours as the cold front moves south of Atlanta. While Sunday morning could be a tad cloudy, though, the afternoon will be sunny with highs in the upper 70s.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Friday's armchair rules official need not have worried.
Henrik Stenson knew better than to play with that 4-wood. Not after the face had caved in as he was hitting it on the practice range early Friday afternoon.
"I was warming up, and my 4-wood started to sound a little funny on the range there," explained Stenson, who was seen on TV showing the club to Steve Stricker. "I looked at the face on the two shots, and there was a funny sound, and the face had caved in on the top groove."
So Stenson banished the club to his locker. And as it turned out, the Swede found that 13 clubs were more than enough to fashion a sterling 66 that left him with a four-stroke lead at the midway point of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
When he went into the scoring trailer after his round, though, Stenson was questioned by a member of the PGA TOUR rules staff after another viewer call-in. Had he left the offending club in the bag, it would have been a two-stroke penalty. Had he hit the 4-wood in competition, Stenson would have been disqualified.
"You asked me how well I knew the rules the other day," Stenson said in his post-round interview. "I gave myself 7 out of 10, didn't I? I guess this was in the other 30 percent, then.
"I wouldn't have said I was 100 percent sure that I would have gotten a two-shot penalty if I would have carried the club, just had it in my bag and not used it. But that was obviously the case. Good thing that we put it in the locker before we teed off."
Stenson said he hit the 4-wood twice on the back nine Thursday and missed the fairway each time. The 3-woods he hit on those two holes Friday were much more obedient "So it might have been a good thing that it wasn't in the bag.
"So I mean, it worked out fine without it, but the one occasion I would have used it was 9 for sure on my second shot, but I managed to make (a birdie) 4 anyway," Stenson said. "So no harm done."
Stenson said he was going to see if he could find a replacement head for the third round. His caddie, Gareth Lord, is staying with a friend who runs a golf course about 30 miles from Atlanta that has a repair facility.
"But it's always a little bit iffy if I get another one or even the same one, that doesn't always feel the same, and to take that straight out into competition, sometimes it's better to go with a known than the unknown," Stenson said. "We'll see how that works out."
At least Stenson, who taken out his frustration out on his driver after hitting his tee shot into the water on the 72nd hole at the BMW Championship on Monday, kept his sense of humor.
"They're not going to believe me anyway after last week that ... that the 4-wood broke during natural causes," Stenson said with a wry grin.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Henrik Stenson remains in control of his FedExCup fate even more so now after a second-round 66 to open up a four-shot lead atop the leaderboard at East Lake.
If Stenson goes on to win the tournament, he'll win the FedExCup, too. Here's a look at who did what on Friday:
TOP FIVE: Stenson, as mentioned, is in control. Adam Scott is alone in second after a 69 and if he can somehow overtake Stenson and go on to win, it will be the Aussie who takes home the FedExCup. Zach Johnson, who is coming off a win last week in Chicago, moved up seven spots on the leaderboard thanks to a 68 but is still currently projected fourth in the FedExCup standings. Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, dropped 11 spots after a 74 but is still projected fifth. Tiger Woods can still win the FedExCup, but the FedExCup's No. 1 has work to do after admitting he "ran out of gas" late in his round as he went from 5 under to 1 over on the day and tumbled into a tie for 26th.
BIGGEST MOVERS: By moving into third place alone following a a 67 Friday, Jordan Spieth moved from 13th to eighth in the current projections. He would not only have to win the tournament but would need Scott and Stenson to stumble. Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, made a big jump. He came in 30th but is now projected to 14th after a 68. Likewise, he needs o win and have Stenson and Scott stumble. Billy Horschel wasn't much better at 22nd at the start of the week but he's now projected 11th and faces more or less the same scenario as Johnson and Spieth.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Adam Scott pronounced himself "fairly pleased" after Friday's 69 in the second round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-COla.
The reigning Masters champion lost a little ground to Henrik Stenson but Scott still stands second with 36 holes at East Lake to make up what is now a four-stroke gap. Both players can win the FedExCup with a win on Sunday at the TOUR Championship.
"I didn't play my best golf out there today," Scott said. "A few errant tee shots. Not that I got in a lot of trouble, but when you're out of position, it's really hard to have a good score around here.
"I scrambled well on a few holes, and I didn't get much to go down when I had opportunities. It was just one of those days, and at least it's only one guy four in front. So four is not so many at this point."
Scott had a bit of trouble at the start on Friday, hooking drives at Nos. 1 and 4 and ending up with his only bogeys of the day. In fact, over the first two rounds, he's made four bogeys and all have come on the first nine holes -- while Stenson has made nine birdies over the same segment.
"I was in not very good shape at all," Scott said thinking back to the errant drives. "So I'd like to clean the start up a little bit for the weekend. If you get off to a good start here, there's a good score to be had, for sure, and Henrik managed it both days.
"And the opening holes are a good opportunity here. So you need to take advantage of them."
Scott, who is a former champion at East Lake, winning in 2006, says the back nine actually suits his eye better -- and proved it on Thursday when he shot 29. He is a combined 7 under on the final nine holes over two rounds.
While he acknowledged that Stenson is in control at the moment, Scott said a lot can change over two rounds, particularly with a downpour expected on Saturday.
"Look, Henrik is playing fantastic," Scott said. "So he's got this thing under control at the moment. But not for 36 holes. I think there's too many good players here. It's not just myself or someone at 5 under. Someone back at 3 and 2 can still have a run at this thing.
"If it is softer tomorrow because of rain, there could be a lot better scores because it's playing probably as tricky as it can at the moment, and if it softens up, I'd expect the scores to be a little better."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- This might be Jordan Spieth's first trip to East Lake, but the putting greens have a familiar feel to the 20-year-old.
That's because they are the same Champions Bermuda that he grew up playing at his home club in Dallas.
"Where it really helps me is I'm very committed to the line," Spieth said. "I'm not ever second-guessing what the putt's going to do."
Spieth needed just 27 putts in the second round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where he's alone in third and five shots off the lead after a 3-under 67 on Friday.
Not that Spieth has been home much. He hasn't been there in about four months by his estimation after a busier-than-expected summer after he earned his PGA TOUR card.
"More than twice the amount I've ever played in a year," Spieth said about his schedule. "I think I'm just so still stoked about being at this tournament, what it means, and then the Presidents Cup is in two weeks, and that obviously keeps you going. Maybe after that I'll be a little tired, but right now I'm good."
Spieth's chances of winning the FedExCup aren't so go good -- especially with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson ahead of him on the leaderboard.
If either of them wins this week, they would also win the FedExCup.
Not that Spieth is too worried. It has already been a dream season for the Texan.
"I don't expect to win the FedExCup at this point," he said. "But I can make a run at the TOUR Championship."
ATLANTA -- Henrik Stenson continued to stalk that $10 million bonus with a round of 66 that left him with a four-stroke lead at the midway point of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Stenson, who has made nine birdies and no bogeys on the front nine at East Lake, is in command at 10 under. His nearest competitor is Adam Scott, who shot 69 on Friday.
Stenson, who is making his TOUR Championship debut, ranked second in the FedExCup entering the Playoffs finale while Scott came in third in the standings. The two won the first two Playoffs events and either can win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old phenom who won the John Deere Classic two months ago, is alone in third at 5 under after a second-round 67. Justin Rose, the reigning U.S. Open champ, is tied for fourth at 4 under with Dustin Johnsoon and Billy Horschel.
Rose and Johnson both shot 68s while Horschel had a 70.
Tiger Woods, who ranks first in the FedExCup, finally made his first birdie of the week at the third hole and was 5 under through 13. But he made a triple bogey, double bogey and bogey in his last six hoels to shoot 71 and stands tied for 26th at 4 over.