Stenson pushes lead to 4 shots at final event
Henrik Stenson made three birdies on the opening four holes at East Lake to quickly seize control and shot a 4-under-par 66 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott in the Tour Championship.
The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson broke another club Friday — this time by accident.
And it didn’t matter.
Playing with only 13 clubs in the bag after his 4-wood broke on the practice range, Stenson made three birdies on the opening four holes at East Lake to quickly seize control and shot a 4-under-par 66 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott in the Tour Championship.
Stenson was at 10-under 130 going into the third round and might be playing a course far less firm. The forecast is for rain most of day, and the starting times have been moved up with hopes of getting it in.
Tiger Woods is not in position to halt the hottest player in golf. Woods was headed toward the best round of the day, 5 under through 13 holes, when he made double bogey on the 14th, had a triple bogey on the 17th and wound up with a 71. He was 14 shots behind. It was the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship that Woods began a tournament with back-to-back rounds over par.
“I put everything I had into that start and didn’t have much at the end,” Woods said. “Just ran out of gas.”
Scott sputtered at the start. He was one shot behind Stenson and quickly fell five shots behind with a couple of poor tee shots. Scott played the last 14 holes without a bogey and wound up with a 69 that put him at 6-under 134.
“Look, Henrik is playing fantastic, so he’s got this thing under control,” Scott said. “ ... (But) I think there’s too many good players here. ... If it is softer tomorrow because of rain, there could be a lot better scores.”
Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old rookie, had a 67 and was five shots behind. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Billy Horschel were another shot back.
• Mark Wiebe had six birdies over a seven-hole stretch and shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. Mark Calcavecchia and John Cook each had a 66. Kirk Triplett, a graduate of Pullman High School, shot a 69. Seattle native Fred Couples had a 71.
• Hometown favorite Francesco Molinari shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead with Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Simon Thornton of Ireland at 9-under 135 after the second round of the Italian Open in Turin.