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September 21 2013

1:45 PM

Stenson opens big lead at East Lake

Henrik Stenson is gunning for his second PGA TOUR win in three starts.
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ATLANTA -- No one has played better golf over the last two months than Henrik Stenson. The first 54 holes at East Lake have only ben an extension of that.

Stenson shot a 1-under 69 Saturday at East Lake and leads by four over Dustin Johnson in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

At one point, it wasn't even that close.

Stenson's lead ballooned to as much as nine midway through the third round of the season finale, where tee times were moved up because of bad weather in the forecast.

When the rain arrived, so did the bogeys for Stenson, who made four of them over his final nine holes, including one on the final hole. Stenson's 45-footer for birdie lipped out on the par 3 and he missed a 5-foot putt coming back.

Still, Stenson is in position to win for not only the second time in three starts, but a victory would also give him the FedExCup trophy and the $10 million bonus.

Steve Stricker, meanwhile, is alone in third at 5 under, while four others are tied for fourth.

Tiger Woods, who came into the week No. 1 in FedExCup points, broke par for the first time this week on Saturday, shooting a 1-under 69.

He hasn't been a factor all week, though, and is four spots out of last place and would need Stenson to falter in order to win his third FedExCup.

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