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Stenson Has Four-Shot Lead Before Final Round of PGA Tour Event

Golfer Henrik Stenson
Golfer Henrik Stenson of Sweden watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photographer: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Henrik Stenson holds a four-shot lead at 11-under par going into the fourth round of the Tour Championship, the final event of the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoffs.

The winner of the 30-player, season-ending tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club receives $1.4 million. A victory for any player in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings would secure a $10 million bonus.

Stenson, who is second in the standings behind Tiger Woods, shot 1-under 69 yesterday and has a three-round total of 199. The Swede held a nine-shot lead midway through the third round before four bogeys in the rain over the final nine holes helped bring him back to the field.

“I think I’ll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather is not that bright at the moment,” Stenson told reporters. “Started the day with a 4-shot lead and I still got it, so that’s all that matters really.”

Dustin Johnson shot 67 to move into second place at 7 under. He’s two shots better than fellow American Steve Stricker, who finished with 68.

“If I keep driving it straight, then I’m going to give him a run tomorrow,” Johnson said yesterday.

Stenson, the No. 2 seed in the FedEx Cup, is still in great

Woods, a two-time winner of the points competition, shot 69 yesterday and is tied for 26th place at 3-over par. He made his only bogey on the third hole and had consecutive birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.

Americans Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel and Jordan Spieth and England’s Justin Rose are all tied for fourth place at 4 under. Johnson shot 69 yesterday, Horschel and Rose shot 70 and Spieth finished with a 71.

Masters Tournament winner Adam Scott, who is third in the points standings, shot 74 yesterday to fall to 2 under. The Australian, who won the playoff-opening Barclays event in New Jersey last month, began the day four strokes behind Stenson in second place.

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