Atlanta - Sweden's Henrik Stenson fired a one-under par 69 on Saturday to keep a
four-stroke lead after the third round of the season-ending $8 million
US PGA Tour Championship.
If Stenson can keep his lead over the
final 18 holes at East Lake on Sunday, he will claim the $10 million
bonus for winning the tour's playoff title, the FedEx Cup, as well as
the tournament's $1.44 million top prize.
"I don't see myself
being overly aggressive tomorrow," Stenson said. "I think it's kind of
up to the other guys to be aggressive."
With a chance to stretch
his lead over the rest of the 30-man field on a rainy day, Stenson
stumbled at the finish, making bogeys on three of the final five holes,
including a four-foot par putt miss at the 18th, that left him on
11-under 199 after 54 holes.
American Dustin Johnson was second on 203 after a third-round 67 with US veteran Steve Stricker third on 205 after shooting 68.
Justin Rose, the reigning US Open champion, shared fourth on 206 with
Americans Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel and Jordan Spieth. England's Luke
Donald and American Nick Watney were another stroke adrift.
birdied the second and third holes and added two more at the seventh
and ninth holes, stretching his edge over the field at one stage to nine
"To think you're going to keep going like that, without any trouble, is probably asking for too much," Stenson said.
Swede began the back nine with a bogey, added another at 14 and
followed a birdie at the par-5 15th with bogeys at 16 and 18.
guess at the end of the day, I got what I deserved," Stenson said. "I
probably deserved to drop one on 17. I lost one at 18 instead."
and Zach Johnson were the only two in the title fight among five
players who can win the playoff title by winning the tournament.
number one Tiger Woods, the playoff points leader, fired a 69 to stay
26th on 213, one stroke behind US compatriot Matt Kuchar, who was also
in the top five in points.
"I didn't hit it very good today," Woods said. "I hit everything to the right or I flipped it left, but I putted better.
"The goal is to go out and shoot a good round tomorrow and see where the chips fall."
Adam Scott, the reigning Masters champion, stumbled to a 74 to stand on
210 after starting the day with fever and chills and receiving IV
fluids to treat his flu symptoms.
"I wasn't feeling top drawer
last night and had a rough night," Scott said. "Didn't feel too flush
this morning so had to get some help. I feel a lot better now, but it
was pretty rough this morning.
"It was very disappointing to wake
up feeling like that. When I woke up this morning, I definitely wouldn't
have been going. I was really flat and not in a good way. So it was
just enough to get me going and hopefully I can rest up tonight and feel
Three bogeys and a double bogey gave Scott a front-nine 40 that not even a birdie at 17 and eight back-nine pars could offset.
was a battle for me," Scott said. "When your body's feeling so
lethargic and heavy, the club feels like it weighs 60 pounds and it was
just hard work to get anything moving. All your rhythm and everything is
off when your body is feeling so poor."
Dustin Johnson, the last man to grab a berth in the field, sank a 31-foot par putt at the par-3 18th to stand second.
the longest putt I've made this week by far," he said. "I had perfect
speed and rolled one in. That was very fortunate. I feel really
confident, swinging it good and getting closer."
Scores on Saturday after the third round of the $8 million US PGA Tour Championship (USA unless noted, par 70):
199 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 64-66-69
203 - Dustin Johnson 68-68-67
205 - Steve Stricker 66-71-68
206 - Justin Rose (ENG) 68-68-70, Zach Johnson 69-68-69, Billy Horschel 66-70-70, Jordan Spieth 68-67-71
207 - Luke Donald (ENG) 70-70-67, Nick Watney 72-65-70
- Bill Haas 70-69-69, Webb Simpson 68-71-69, Sergio Garcia (ESP)
68-71-69, Phil Mickelson 71-67-70, Gary Woodland 70-67-71, Adam Scott
209 - D.A. Points 72-67-70, Keegan Bradley 72-65-72
210 - Jason Day 68-74-68, Jason Dufner 74-70-66, Hunter Mahan 70-69-71, Roberto Castro 67-71-72
211 - Brandt Snedeker 69-75-67, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 68-71-72, Jim Furyk 70-68-73
212 - Matt Kuchar 69-74-69
213 - Tiger Woods 73-71-69, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 70-72-71
215 - Kevin Streelman 69-72-74
218 - Boo Weekley 70-75-73
224 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68-79-77